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Chemistry Instructor

Red Rocks Community College
Job Location:
Lakewood, 80228
Salary: See Position Description

Location: Lakewood, CO

Job Number: 062024 - 611200

Division: Academic Affairs

Closing Date: Continuous

To Apply
Complete an application and attach the following: A cover letter describing your professional work experience and addressing the required qualifications and a resume/cv.

Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication.

RRCC seeks applicants who understand and have first-hand experience working with diverse populations, which may include but are not limited to, historically marginalized populations such as people of color, LGBTQ+ community members, veterans, first generation graduates, and people with disabilities.

Summary of Position

The Red Rocks Community College Chemistry Department is seeking enthusiastic professionals that have a passion for teaching and helping students succeed in their chosen field.   We are fortunate to have a historically strong transfer agreement to Colorado School of Mines and attract a motivated and intellectually curious group of students.   The successful candidate creates a classroom climate that encourages learning.

Part-time Instructors provide instructional duties for the College in their respective areas of expertise. They report to the department chair within the discipline and do not have any supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities include instruction, student assessment, and other related instructional duties. Instructional delivery may include face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Classes may be held days, evenings, and weekends.
The instructor must be patient and respectful, while also providing their expectations for what is considered acceptable work. The instructor must display dedication to the class as well as the goals of the program.

This posting will be used to fill multiple part-time Instructor vacancies. Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace, including for online courses.  Instructors will need to be available to teach days and/or evenings on a part-time basis.

Positions are available for teaching are: CHE 1011(Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab) or 

CHE 1111 (General College Chemistry with Lab).

**Payment is based on the credit hour/contact hour and class ratio as assigned to you by the department chair. RRCC starts at $1572.86 - $1720.14/credit hour.**

Essential Responsibilities

Classroom Instruction: Required to meet all class periods and start and end classes promptly. Teach assigned curriculum and make use of required texts and materials. Provide students with a complete syllabus before the first day of class that includes information on course description, objectives, assignments, grading policies, and contact information. Provide data on student attendance (no-shows, last day of attendance, etc.), promptly. Use technology to facilitate learning including meeting the required minimum standards for the use of the College learning management system Desire2Learn (D2L).

Student Assessment (Grading): Maintain updated and accurate grading records in D2L and submit all final grades by the due date in the college student information system, Banner. Provide consistent and timely feedback to students regarding progress and grades on assignments.

Planning: Prepare for each class meeting and consider learning strategies that address diverse learning styles and a diverse community college student population. Class content and assessment methods should relate to course objectives.

Communication: Respond timely to students and RRCC staff every 24-48 hours during the class term and for at least one week after grades are submitted. Attend department staff meetings throughout the semester as scheduled. Provide updates to the department chair.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills:
  • Develop lesson plans, activities, and assessments that lead students to successfully attain identified course competencies.
  • Evaluate student performance in accordance with student learning outcomes as stated in the course syllabus.
  • Teach assigned classes in keeping with the community college philosophy.
  • Provide the Faculty Lead with a copy of the course syllabus one week prior to the first day of class.
  • At the first class meeting, provide students with a syllabus for the course that includes all components of the course model syllabus and the competencies established in the Colorado Common Course Numbering System.
  • Conduct student evaluations of instruction in accordance with established policies and procedures at the end of the semester.
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance and grading of students in the college learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L).
  • Complete the Desire2Learn (D2L) training and New Faculty and Instructor Orientation.
  • Participate in coaching/mentoring and assessment initiatives established by the Department Chair and/or Faculty Lead.

Required Qualifications:  A Master's degree from a fully accredited institution in Chemistry or a closely related field and at least 18 graduate hours in Chemistry.  30 credit hours of teaching experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications: 
A Master's degree from a fully accredited institution in Chemistry and at least 18 graduate hours in Chemistry.  Experience teaching at the college level.  Experience teaching online Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using non-traditional learning environments.  Membership in or experience working in diverse communities and supporting the success of students and staff from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities : 
Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated ability and willingness to teach students using traditional and alternative methods of instruction. Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into the classroom.

Physical and Cognitive Demands:  The following are some of the physical and cognitive demands commonly associated with this position.
  • This position operates in a standard office and/or classroom environment. Constantly uses a computer and routinely uses standard office equipment including phones, copiers, etc. Requires the repetitious movement of hands, wrists, arms.
  • Cognitive demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills.
  • The person in this position constantly communicates with internal and external constituents and students. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Occasionally moves, positions, and transports equipment and supplies weighing up to 10 lbs.
Please note that employment with the Colorado Community College System is limited to in-state residents. Selected candidates will be need to be, or be willing to become, state residents before employment can begin.

About Red Rocks Community College

For inquiries about full-time or part-time positions at RRCC, please contact Danni Raasch, Senior Human Resource Generalist, by phone at 303-914-6293 or by email at

Notice to all Applicants
  • Final candidate will be subject to successful completion of a background check, and, if applicable, a motor vehicle record review.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System, or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in their application material.
  • Final candidates are required to submit unofficial transcripts for non-instructional positions and official transcripts for instructional positions to Human Resources within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Red Rocks Community College participates in E-Verify.
  • Red Rocks Community College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
  • All RRCC employees, except student employees, contribute to Colorado PERA at a fixed percentage of their earnings and do not contribute to Social Security.
  • Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace.
RRCC/CCCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Red Rocks Community College and Colorado Community College System believes when all human qualities are regarded with dignity and respect and when everyone has access to the individualized support they need, all will have the opportunity to thrive. In all aspects of the employment process, decisions are made based on merit, competence, performance and business need without regard to sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, familial status, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, marital status, religion, genetic information, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Our Accommodations and Non-Discrimination policies, plus other helpful information, can be found publicly at

We also believe in going further. At RRCC we have a focus on equity and belonging. We strive to create a community in which everyone feels respected and valued for their unique talents and contributions, and where people from all backgrounds are able to achieve their goals. Red Rocks Community College acknowledges that inclusion and equity are multifaceted and complex concepts, and that our efforts in these areas will require innovation, intention, and an institutional commitment to these principles, across our entire college community.

Red Rocks Community College is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). As we move toward full HSI status, we are focused on servingness and are committed to creating a learning environment where equity is expected and our Latinx students thrive.

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