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Massasoit Community College
  • Position Number: 2629724
  • Location: Brockton, MA
  • Position Type: Science - Physics

Adjunct Faculty (Physics - Science of Fire Behavior and Combustion Instructor)

About Massasoit Community College:

We at Massasoit Community College pride ourselves in our tradition of excellence and in our historic mission of accepting all who desire to learn. Massasoit currently offers 41 associate degree programs in arts, sciences, and applied sciences and 24 certificates. The College also offers non-credit workforce development certificates; corporate training courses; adult basic education; personal enrichment classes; and Early College programs for high school students.

Students of color make up roughly half of all students enrolled and more than half of all Massasoit students are first generation to attend college. More than 900 students graduate from Massasoit with an associate degree or certificate each year.

Brockton, Massachusetts, home of Massasoit's largest campus, prides itself on its diversity of cultures and is home to approximately 95,000 residents. In addition, the college has a campus in Canton, a satellite location in Middleborough, and annually serves students from more than 35 cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts. Massasoit is one of the largest community colleges in the state.

Massasoit Community College is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer who is committed to increasing diversity across all levels of the college. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this value are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

This adjunct faculty position will be responsible for developing and delivering the course PHYS 120, Science of Fire Behavior and Combustion. This course is a component of the fire science technology program, and is required to cover specific topics to ensure that the program meets accreditation requirements. Using department course outcomes, recommendations from the dean's office and the physical sciences department chair, and guidelines provided by the fire science technology program, this position will develop and deliver PHYS 120 course content using high quality pedagogical techniques to ensure maximum student success and learning. Depending on qualifications, this position may be eligible to teach additional courses in the physical sciences.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Essential Functions
  • Prepare course syllabi that meet all contractual requirements.
  • Schedule classes to meet for the allotted time on every scheduled meeting day during the semester.
  • Employ effective instructional strategies that promote student learning.
  • Ensure the course meets required course outcomes
  • Use appropriate assessment tools to accurately measure student understanding.
  • Monitor email communications from students and the college, and respond in a timely manner.
  • Provide availability outside of class to meet with and assist students.
  • Meet all deadlines for submission of grades, student participation reports, student grievance responses and other administrative documentation.

Additional responsibilities
  • Manage a level of flexibility that holds students accountable, and recognizes the challenging work/school/life balance led by many students at Massasoit.
  • Ensure appropriate training in laboratory safety for laboratory classes.
  • Follow divisional policies to maintain security of laboratory spaces, chemicals and equipment.
  • Work collaboratively with divisional staff.
  • Provide feedback on student progress to advisement and counseling.
  • Focus on the Commonwealth's Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.


Adjunct Faculty are part-time instructors hired per semester on an as-needed basis. Positions may consist of day, night, or weekend positions and may be in Brockton, Canton, Middleborough, or any other instructional site.

Please note: Positions will be available pending sufficient enrollment. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the academic department.


  • Masters degree or higher in physics, or related field, or a Masters degree or higher with an appropriate level of experience and training.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the fire science field
  • Experience with and understanding of the community college environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Capable of maintaining academic standards with empathy and honesty
  • Knowledge of and experience using effective pedagogical strategies
  • Experience and training in online instruction

COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: Candidates for employment should be aware that all Community College students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

Additional Information:

Position Status: MCCC/MTA position

Supervisor: Dean of Science and Mathematics

Semester: Academic Year Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Hours: Variable. Classes typically meet 3 - 5 hours per week.

Salary: $1,132 per credit, with additional compensation for courses with a laboratory component, consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Worksite: Assignments will include all Massasoit sites.

Deadline to Apply: Open until Filled

Application Instructions:

A cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references are required, please apply online.

Please Note: Faxed, emailed, or mailed in resumes and/or materials will NOT be accepted. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback on application statuses. Please refrain from contacting the hiring manager and/or hiring department via phone, email, fax, mail, third person party or vendor and in person. Failure to comply, may result in application withdrawal.

Massasoit Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator, Yolanda Dennis, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 508-588-9100, x1309, Brockton Campus, Administration Building, Room 219,, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

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