Instructor/Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education

Start Date

March 2024

Listed On

February 26, 2024

Position Type




Job Summary

Full time position in the Health and Physical Education Department will begin August 2024. Must be able to teach on-campus. Responsibilities include teaching 12-15 hours per semester (27-30 hours per year) with the possibility of summer teaching assignment(s). Instructional coursework may include a variety of Health and Physical Education areas, as well as other courses yet to be determined. In addition, assisting with the departmental assessment process, academic mentoring/tutoring, participation in scholarly activities, service to the university, the profession, and the community and fulfilling university responsibilities as needed are requirements of this position. 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.


  • Teaching assignments may vary depending on the specific qualifications and expertise of the individual.
  • Keeps accurate records of student attendance and grades in our learning management system.
  • Posts mid-term and final grades within requested timelines designated by the Registrar.
  • Provides evaluative feedback to students in a timely manner.
  • Assists with university retention efforts by using the university’s retention software.
  • 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 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 Department Chair, Associate, and/or Dean of the College of Arts and Education, or designee.


  • Required: Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education or Kinesiology from a regionally accredited university is required. Previous collegiate teaching experience required.
  • Preferred: Ph.D.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to recruit to the program.
  • 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.