Job Posting: Full-Time Biological Science Faculty, College of Western Idaho

Kate Stuart
November 17, 2014

Full-Time Biological Science Faculty

Job Location: Nampa, ID
The College of Western Idaho is a comprehensive community college fostering student development academically, as well as occupationally. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information, visit

Full-Time Biological Science Faculty

Microbiology/Cell Biology/Biotechnology


The College of Western Idaho’s Department of Life Sciences invites a dynamic and forward-thinking full-time Instructor to join its faculty. The successful candidate will be dedicated to providing quality instruction and other high impact academic services to the community and to our students. Specific qualifications and duties are outlined below, but in short, the Department of Life Sciences seeks applicants ready to enrich the lives of a diverse student body by cultivating their academic potential and engaging their commitment to civic responsibility in a dynamic and challenging world. The successful candidate will be able to teach the range of courses offered in Biological Science as well as actively participate in such engaged student activities as student clubs and internships. 

The successful candidate will teach freshman- and sophomore-level courses in Biological Sciences. During the next three years, faculty will be redesigning its curricula to meet and anticipate the needs of 21st century citizens. 

College of Western Idaho faculty teach assigned classes in accordance with established policies and guidelines, advise, serve on various committees, and perform other academic and institutional responsibilities as assigned. To reach a broad range of students, faculty members are skillful in a variety of instructional delivery methods, and sometimes teach in the evenings and at various campus locations. 

With campuses located throughout Boise’s vibrant and growing metropolitan area, the College of Western Idaho is the state’s newest community college. In addition to offering a full range of academic courses leading to transfer-ready Associate of Arts or Science degrees, CWI also serves as Southwest Idaho’s provider of Professional Technical Education, Adult Basic Education, Dual Credit courses, and Workforce/ Employment Skills Training. The College of Western Idaho serves over 12,000 credit students, over 7,800 non-credit students, and employs 350 faculty.

•Teach approximately 15 credits per semester
•Utilize department course outcome assessment measures
•Participate in professional development that contributes to the individual, students, faculty, and the CWI community
•Advise students about academic and career opportunities
•Complete the CWI Online Instruction Course to improve faculty capacity to facilitate student online instruction
•Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students
•Promote and help with learning assistance services
•Participate in program and curriculum review and development
•Attend and participate in all departmental, school, and college meetings
•Be regularly and reliably available to students outside the classroom
•Follow all standardized lab procedures, safety protocols, and department procedures and ensure students do the same
•Serve as a resource for the lab specialist team in equipment evaluation
•Work to establish connections with 4-year transfer institutions and with potential employer opportunities for students in lab-science fields
•Perform other duties as assigned

•Master’s degree in a Biological Science from a regionally accredited institution
•Experience teaching at post-secondary level in Biological Sciences
•Ability to engage a variety of teaching methodologies including lectures, group activities, individual instruction, and distance learning technologies

•Master’s or higher degree in Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or similar degree field
•Experience using and teaching advanced biological lab techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, microbial identification, sequencing, bioinformatics or similar techniques
•Three years full-time experience teaching Biological Science at the post-secondary level
•Demonstrated service to an institution of higher learning
•Demonstrated leadership in higher education
•Experience mentoring faculty
•Experience using instructional technology to deliver courses online


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The working environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually working in a classroom or laboratory environment. Hazards include those related to a typical laboratory or workplace including risk of electric shock, lifting heavy items, potential chemical burns, and injuries from broken glassware. 

Salary Range

$41,040.00 - $41,040.00