Assistant Professor of Chemistry or Physical Sciences

Lakewood, Colorado
Jan 08, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary

The successful candidate will teach courses in the Chemistry and Physical Sciences program housed within the School of Science and Engineering in the College of Undergraduate Studies. Courses are traditional, in-seat and offered on our Lakewood, Colorado campus. Minimum requirements are a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline combined with a passion for teaching at the undergraduate level.

Faculty members of Colorado Christian University (CCU) teach assigned courses for which they are highly qualified within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). Each faculty member uses effective instruction techniques as a subject matter expert, but their primary responsibility is to integrate field-specific pedagogies with the Holy Bible and their personal experience with Jesus Christ. They are also expected to integrate and teach CCU’s spiritual, academic, and cultural Strategic Priorities.

Other duties are to support the mission and vision of CCU. This may include actively participating in committee/task force/team meetings, writing curriculum, reporting on assessments/outcomes, advancing scholarship, engaging with the community, supporting colleagues, or doing other work assigned by the dean. Faculty members are expected to keep regular office hours to engage with students and assist them with their academics or other activities that support the University’s holistic approach.

The standard teaching load is 24 credit hours of undergraduate courses per year or four courses per semester.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Advocate for CCU’s mission, traditional Christian beliefs, and the Strategic Priorities.
  2. Teach assigned undergraduate courses in accord with all standard policies and procedures using a variety of best-practice teaching and learning strategies, including classroom and online technology, to enhance instruction.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate course curriculum, teaching-learning practices, and assess student learning outcomes.Engage students; maintain established office hours and be available to individual students for questions, coursework, consultations, and informal mentoring.
  4. Demonstrate a proven track record and ongoing experience in their field. Faculty members are also expected to engage in professional organization activities and scholarly work including, but not limited to, publications and presentations.
  5. Provide strategic thinking in fulfilling the goals of CUS in support of the University Strategic Priorities as well as contribute effectively to the University community, ministry partners, corporate partners, and general audiences. Strong participation in faculty, committee, or other meetings is an integral part of this position.
  6. Add to the development of a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars within the College of Undergraduate Studies. Continue to grow in personal commitment to and effectiveness in the integration of Christian faith and learning and provide effective servant/shepherd leadership among faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  7. Participate in the mission of the University beyond the classroom through activities such as committee/task force/team work, community development, or similar activities internally and externally, which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world. Work effectively and positively with administrators, other faculty colleagues, and support staff to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships.
  8. Participate in extracurricular activities to support and encourage students, colleagues, and staff.
  9. Engage students;maintain established office hours, and be available to individual students for questions, course-work, consultations and informal mentoring.
  10. Assist the dean with other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. A terminal degree in a related field from an accredited college/university is preferred; master’s degree is required (doctoral level preferred). Each faculty member must be considered highly qualified as outlined by the University’s accreditation and academic standards.
  2. Three or more years of successful teaching experience in a college or university is preferred, with a proven track record of student learning and engagement through previous classroom evaluations by students, faculty, and administration.
  3. Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  4. Passionate about Christ-centered higher education and dedicated to the integration of faith and learning in their field. Deeply committed to student success.
  5. Proficient in appropriate Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and able to use appropriate software/technology (Blackboard) in the learning environment.
  6. Committed to learning new ideas for classroom presentations and dynamic class interactions to engage student learning in a meaningful way consistent with the University’s mission.

Nature of Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.


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