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Temporary Faculty Pool - University Coach (Supervisor) in Biology

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Part Time

Temporary Faculty Pool - University Coach (Supervisor) in Biology

Department Overview [Department website]

Biology is the scientific study of life: its processes, complexity and incredible diversity. The Department of Biology at California State University, Fresno offers diversified undergraduate and graduate education that spans the breadth of modern Biology- from the inner workings of cells to the structure of whole ecosystems.

The Department of Biology is a vibrant group of faculty members; excellent teachers with active and externally funded research programs. Fresno State biologists are investigating the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes, the ecology of Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds, and evolution of life in the world's oceans. The Department offers a diverse graduate and undergraduate curriculum to prepare students for an array of career paths in the biological sciences. Motivated students have a wealth of independent research opportunities with Biology faculty. 

Position Summary: [course catalog link]

The University Coach (Supervisor) is a faculty member of the Biology Department, but supervises Teacher Credential Candidates for all science content areas (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science). She or he is assigned Teacher Credential Candidates by the Single Subject Science Program Coordinator. Serving as a liaison between the University and the cooperating schools, she or he provides the schools with information about the Teacher Credential Candidates and the Single Subject program. In turn, she or he communicates the cooperating schools’ suggestions and their needs to the University for the improvement of the Single Subject Teacher Education Program.

Science Single Subject University Coaches (Supervisors) are experts in a Science Discipline (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Earth Science) and should have recent professional and/or teaching experiences in a school setting where the curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the school reflects the diversity of California’s student population. The University Coach (Supervisor) should have current knowledge of supervision approaches such as cognitive coaching, adult learning theory, and current “content-specific” pedagogy and instructional practices.  All University Coaches (Supervisors) will be evaluated by their Teacher Credential Candidate(s) at the end of the semester. Evaluation results will be placed in one’s Faculty Personnel Action File (PAF).


Instructor Responsibility: Temporary faculty members are responsible for adherence to and implementation of university and system-wide policies as directed per Academic Policy Manual 306, paragraph 2. Instructor are will be responsible for the preparation, delivery, conducting, proctoring, and grading (as appropriate) lectures, office hours, homework assignments, quizzes, class project, and midterm and final exams.

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range  

Commensurate with experience. 

Anticipated Semester

The temporary faculty pool is continuously open, and positions are filled as needed, based on student enrollment and funding. This is a pool of part-time lecturers for the department to draw on as necessary. Appointments from the pool are temporary and often made just prior to the start of the academic term. Applicants may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice. The pool will remain in place for two academic terms; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply.

  • Spring 2022: January 18, 2022 - May 21, 2022;
  • Primary instruction will be on-campus as Fresno State repopulates during Fall 2021 according to CDC guidelines. Limited to no online courses available for assignment.

Appointees will be required to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States (Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for Temporary Faculty positions).

Required Qualifications:

Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.)

Single Subject Science University Coaches (Supervisors) must possess:
(1) a clear single subject science teaching credential
(2) a Master’s degree in Education or the Sciences


  1. A minimum of three years experience teaching science

Job Responsibilities:

  • Meets with Mentor Teachers for an orientation to go over course requirements, discusses expectations, roles, and co-teaching during the first two weeks of the semester or after student teaching begins. Note:  Orientation can occur as a “triad” meeting; a triad meeting involves the Teacher Candidate, Mentor Teacher and University Coach (Supervisor).
  • Makes regular visits to the school site for the purpose of meeting with Teacher Candidates, Mentor Teachers, Administrators/designee, or visiting/observing Teacher Candidates. Visits include holding small group, individual, or virtual discussions to review pertinent information. University Coaches may enhance communication and contacts with teacher candidates (via phone, webinar, online community, etc.).
  • Completes (in TK20) a minimum of six formal lesson observations using scripted field notes or an observation rubric based on the California Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) to provide formative, action-oriented feedback. Lesson observations may be face-to-face or synchronous/asynchronous video observation. Have a debriefing meeting with the candidate after each observation.
  • Is available and maintains communication with the Teacher Candidate and Mentor Teacher throughout the entire semester (as established by the University Calendar) to ensure that the candidate is progressing; provide feedback on growth areas.
  • Reviews lesson plans and reflections, and provides continuous feedback to the Teacher Candidate throughout the semester. 
  • Uses his or her experience and knowledge to assist (consult, collaborate) the Teacher Candidate in understanding and applying current teaching methods, related materials and resources.
  • Uses effective questioning and coaching strategies to help the Teacher Candidate become skillful in continuous self-assessment, self-reflection, and goal setting.
  • Discuss and document “areas for improvement” at the first sign of need. Monitor progress and contact the Single Subject Science Program Coordinator if the “areas for improvement” does not yield expected growth. Review the Credential Candidate or Concerns section of the Single Subject Program Handbook to determine if a “Statement of Concern” is warranted.
  • Support Candidates in basic needs, emotional, and mental health areas (if you are concerned about a Candidate’s well-being, please notify the Single Subject Science Program Coordinator). Become familiar with resources available at the Fresno State Student Health and Counseling Center:
  • Evaluates the Teacher Candidate’s Teaching Sample Project and schedules time to debrief results with the Teacher Candidate; provide remediation if necessary.
  • Formally evaluates (Mid-Semester and Final-Semester Evaluation) the Teacher Candidate during a “triad” meeting at least twice per semester. A triad meeting involves the Teacher Candidate, Mentor Teacher and University Coach (Supervisor).
  • Assists the Teacher Candidate with meeting the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE’s) and assigns a CR/NC grade through PeopleSoft/MyFresnoState.
  • Attends all mandatory program events, meetings, training, and obtains reliability as a rater; participates in FAST training, calibration, and scoring.
  • Interacts with Teacher Credential Candidates and Mentor Teachers with respect at all times.
  • Submits all proper documentation digitally through TK20 (  

Application Procedures:

Review of applications begins on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Job Announcement for 2021-2022 Academic Year closing date is March 1, 2022.

Complete an online application at, search for the appropriate Job Announcement, Create an Applicant Profile, or Login if you have already have an Applicant Profile, and attach the following materials:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience, and list of courses you are interested in teaching,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Names and contact information of at least three professional references - the committee will request current letters of recommendation, do not attach,
  4. Statement on diversity: This statement provides the applicant’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help Fresno State contribute to its mission in these areas,
  5. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all relevant educational programs.

For inquiries contact Dr. Alexandria Hansen, Coordinator of Single Subject Credential Program, E-mail:

The position advertised will remain open until filled. Interviews may follow. Qualified applicants not hired at this time will remain in this pool for future consideration.

About the Campus

California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Fresno State’s Principles of Community

These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.  Find out more about our Principles of Community at:

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other Campus Information

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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