Instructor/Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Start Date

January 2024

Listed On

August 30, 2023

Position Type

9 Month


Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Job Summary

Teaches 27 - 30 credit hours per year. Works collaboratively with the department chair and faculty 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.


  • Teaches a variety of classes in fall and spring, including but not limited to developmental mathematics courses, co-requisite-model and standard gateway chemistry courses, and other chemistry courses; teach student success courses as needed.
  • Operates an effective, rigorous classroom environment with a dedicated commitment to student persistence and completion. Pedagogical delivery method is face-to-face and/or online.
  • 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.
  • Supports and participate in academic recruiting and retention efforts.
  • Participates in assessment activities, including but not limited to various classroom, general education, chemistry program, university-wide, and state-wide assessment initiatives.
  • Communicates in a courteous manner, exhibiting support of the diversity and overall development of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Adheres to reporting student attendance in our learning management system.
  • Assists students by continually monitoring and evaluating students’ academic progress and making appropriate referrals by using the university’s retention software.
  • 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 that satisfy instructor-student engagement, Higher Learning Commission and Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education 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.
  • Serves as an effective and timely academic advisor to students.
  • Participates in department, college, and university meetings.
  • Serves on assigned and ad-hoc University and state-wide committees.
  • Attends graduation/commencement in May.
  • 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 and take into consideration one's presence on social media sites. See university faculty handbook.
  • Completes mandatory university virtual training sessions such as Title IX.
  • Other duties as assigned by the department chair, associate dean, and/or dean of the College of Agriculture, Science, and Nursing, or designee.


  • Required: Master’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field with at least 18 graduate hours in chemistry.
  • Preferred: Earned doctorate in chemistry or chemistry education from a regionally accredited university or be willing to pursue a terminal degree.
  • Industry experience a plus.
  • Record of three-years of effective teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Appointment is as specified in the letter of appointment.
  • Initial faculty appointments are for one academic year.
  • Official transcripts must be received prior to the start date of employment.
  • Successful completion and passing of a background check is required prior to employment being offered.

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.