Chemistry Faculty

Posted on December 14, 2023
AFT Washington
Grays Harbor College
Up to 
 per year
Aberdeen, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled


Grays Harbor College is seeking a qualified full-time, tenure-track instructor of chemistry. Additional responsibilities will include academic student advising, outcomes assessment, holding office hours, committee work, and other duties as assigned. The selected candidate will join a science division with a rich spectrum of specialties and interests, operating in a collaborative and cooperative environment.

The placement on the salary schedule for 174-day contract will be determined by education and experience at the time of hire. Initial placement of faculty shall be no higher than 5 years of service. The 174-day salary schedule can be viewed at https://www.ghc.edu/hr/labor-relations. Grays Harbor College has an excellent benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, primary and supplemental retirement programs and long-term disability insurance. Full-time faculty will also receive 1 day of sick leave per month and 5 days of personal leave days per year.

Faculty positions at Grays Harbor College have been designated as bargaining unit positions represented by the Grays Harbor College Federation of Teachers, Local 4984. The faculty union and the college have a bargaining unit agreement (referred to as the contract) that is posted on the GHC website at https://www.ghc.edu/hr/labor-relations

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach chemistry and related courses maintaining a course load of 44-46 load hours per year; approximately 15 credit hours per quarter.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours that allow students to meet and engage with faculty.
  • Maintain a classroom environment that affirms a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrates an understanding of historically disadvantaged populations and awareness of cultural relevance.
  • Develop, assign, and assess learning activities appropriate to the course and program learning outcomes. Provide students with course syllabi at the beginning of the quarter and distribute or post appropriate learning resources. Provide instructional feedback and assign grades in a timely manner.
  • Maintain and submit accurate academic records, including verification of class rosters, no-show reports, student grades, and student course evaluations by dates requested by the College; maintain course Canvas page using Universal Design strategies.
  • Assess course outcomes to improve success in teaching and learning. The assessed course outcomes are then tied to the appropriate program and institutional outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other faculty in selecting learning resources and technologies to support the curriculum.
  • When appropriate, coordinate with science division faculty and the office of instruction to define or update program outcomes.
  • Engage in shared governance by serving on college committees and participating in department, division, and college meetings.
  • Participate in student education and career development through advising, guided pathways activities, and high-impact practices like collaborative projects, global learning, and community engagement.
  • Engage in professional development activities to improve teaching and learning and remain current in the discipline.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each required duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Required Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in chemistry or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated success in teaching introductory general, organic + biochemistry, and/or organic chemistry in a college environment
  • Experience in curriculum development, instruction, and evaluation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in teaching chemistry in a community college
  • Successful experience incorporating technologies into instruction, including online instruction
  • Experience in outcomes assessment
  • Experience working with diverse communities and supporting the success of students and staff from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented
  • Experience using culturally responsive teaching
  • Experience in one or more of the following: biochemistry, bioinformatics, forensics
  • Experience working with guided pathways

Supplemental Information

In addition to the GHC online Application you will need to submit the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.

  • A letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position.
  • A detailed resume or c.v. showing related work experience and education.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy, including the differences in teaching chemistry to science major and non-science major students.
  • A brief diversity statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or work experience has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their field and the College. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Grays Harbor College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Transcripts of all college work completed. Unofficial copies are acceptable, official copies will be required at time of hire.

Background checks – Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law.

Grays Harbor College is firmly committed to providing an environment that provides fair and equal treatment in public employment and equal access to its programs and services. This shall be provided to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, genetics or veteran status. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. TTY-TTD 360-538-4223.
About the employer: Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College inspires our students and enriches our community by providing positive growth through learning. We provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities and support services to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our students and support the cultural and economic needs of our community.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.

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