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Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College is seeking a Biology Instructor to teach assigned classes and laboratory sections, and perform related activities to classroom instruction. This position is expected to teach primarily BIO-100 (Introductory Human Biology), BIO-103 (Introductory Life Science), and BIO-104 (Introductory Life Science Laboratory). Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Related duties may be assigned.

  • Meet classes (lecture and lab) at assigned times.

  • Plan course content and assign appropriate course work.

  • Maintain student records.

  • Evaluate student progress and assign grades.

  • Revise course outlines, objectives, and catalog information as needed.

  • Select appropriate texts and teaching materials.

  • Actively participate in course and program assessment in the biological sciences.

  • Maintain office hours convenient for students.

  • Prepare course/class reports as required.

  • Attend and participate in conferences related to teaching area; membership in appropriate professional organizations is recommended.

  • Submit budget requests and written narrative when appropriate.

  • Keep informed on the latest research and journal articles.

  • Attend required meetings (faculty, division, in service training, etc.)

  • Assist in short range and long range planning.

  • Participate in division, college, advisory committees, and community activities.

  • Instruct students in the proper use of lab equipment where appropriate.

  • See that equipment and/or labs are properly maintained where appropriate.

  • Maintain supply and equipment inventory where appropriate.

  • Make minor repairs on machines or other lab equipment when practical and appropriate.

Related Duties

  • Assist in evaluating other divisional faculty members.

  • Assist in student program advisement.

  • Recruit students when appropriate.

  • Assist in placement of graduates when appropriate.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Biology or Master's Degree in a closely related field with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in Bio is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Education beyond the master's level is desirable. Ph.D. preferred.

  • Graduate coursework or previous experience in Anatomy and/or Physiology preferred.

  • Prior teaching experience in college-level courses.

Rock Valley College is a community college located in Rockford,IL. Rockford is centrally located to many things and is a post-manufacturing town experiencing a renaissance. There are 4 different rivers in the Rockford area which makes for many kayaking & canoeing adventures. There are many large, lightly visited forest preserves in the Rockford area in addition to several breweries, free concerts and interesting eateries celebrating the Scandinavian heritage. It's about an hour and a half drive to center city Chicago (about an hour to O'Hare airport). Milwaukee, WI is about an hour and half away with Madison, WI about an hour away. The twin cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul) and south shore of Lake Superior are about 5 hours away and in the winter many ski facilities are within a 1-2 hour drive. Here's a link to the Rockford, IL events page:

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