Assistant Professor of History

Start Date

December 2023

Listed On

November 13, 2023

Position Type



Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Job Summary

The College of Arts and Education actively seeks an on-campus assistant professor for our undergraduate history program. Commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly, research, and/or creative activities are required. Works collaboratively with the Department Chair or Dean for assigned courses. Promotes student success through development of program learning outcomes and course learning outcomes. Proactive member of the Aggie CARE (Compassion, Accessible, Respect, Empathy) Community. Upholds the OPSU Faculty Promise. Follows university policies and procedures, the university faculty handbook and teaching standards set forth by the university. Instructors are evaluated each semester by students through course evaluations and undergo an annual faculty performance review. Conditions of Employment: 1. Appointment is as specified in the letter of appointment. 2. Initial faculty appointments are for one academic year. 3. Successful completion and passing of a background check is required prior to employment being offered.


  • Teach fall and spring face-to-face and online undergraduate History courses, including introductory course HIST 1013 and upper-level courses in areas of European, Early and Late World History, and Historical Methods.
  • Advise students.
  • Maintain relevant business courses by implementing scholarly, research, and/or creative activities.
  • Serve on University committees, and support College of Arts and Education clubs, organizations, etc.
  • Support and participate in academic recruiting and retention efforts of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences while representing Teacher Education and promoting the University in the surrounding communities, state, and region.
  • Teach 12-15 hours per semester (fall and spring semester), summer teaching possible.
  • Adheres to reporting student attendance, following grading criteria, and providing detailed student feedback according to standards set by the university.
  • Assists students by continually monitoring and evaluating students’ academic progress and making appropriate referrals by using the university’s retention software.
  • Caters to diverse learning styles by creating a mixture of text, video, and audio lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and enrichment activities to successfully deliver course content and help students better understand concepts.
  • Assists students in development through use of high-level inquiry style questions and incorporation of effective teaching and learning tools.
  • Collaborates with OPSU’s instructional designer to ensure courses satisfy instructor-student engagement, Higher Learning Commission and Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education assessment standards.
  • Develops and updates course syllabi; adheres to the university’s syllabi template.
  • Maintains a strong interest in the pursuit of knowledge and shares it with students and faculty.
  • Participates in faculty and department meetings.
  • Demonstrates excellence in teaching.
  • Assists in gathering data and writing reports for assessment and HLC accreditation.
  • Participates in department, college, and university meetings.
  • Attends graduation/commencement in May.
  • Replies to emails from students, Associate Dean, and Dean within 24 hours of original communication.
  • Engages in professional development (with the university and/or outside the university); documents professional development in the university’s faculty credentialing software.
  • Conducts themselves as positive role models by incorporating ethical and socially responsible behaviors and mindset expected of professionals. Professionalism should be observed during all interactions with students, faculty, staff, and university.
  • 2Completes mandatory university virtual training sessions such as Title IX.
  • Other duties as assigned Department Chair, Associate, and/or Dean of the College of Arts and Education, or designee.
  • The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


  • A background in education is preferred, but candidates with expertise in a related field will be considered.
  • Required: Master’s in History or related field, with at least 18 history graduate hours required
  • Previous collegiate teaching experience; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and lead by example.
  • Must be a professional, credible, and respected representative of the institution internally and in the community.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to act ethically and socially responsibly.
  • Support the university mission, vision, and core values.
  • Dedicated to improving instructor-student engagement.
  • Well-developed organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as demonstrated with peer faculty, students, staff, and administrators.
  • Must be able to lift more than 50-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking is required.
  • Can be exposed to a variety of weather conditions for periods of time.

About Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU): OPSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is the first public Hispanic Serving Institution in Oklahoma. The university is a baccalaureate degree granting institution located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Rooted in “Progress through Knowledge,” OPSU is committed to promoting excellence in the preparation of students for success in a global community. Our university achieved multiple rankings by the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings: #3 Best Value Regional Colleges West; #8 Top Public Colleges for the Western Region; and #17 Best Regional Colleges West. U.S New and World Report also recognized OPSU as one of the top ten universities in Oklahoma, standing out of our affordable tuition rates.