Term Assistant Professor of Refrigeration and Heating

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Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Matanuska Susitna College
Location: Palmer
Categories: Education/Instructional, Facilities/Skilled Trades

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Refrigeration and Heating. If you are seeking a great position in a beautiful location, we encourage you to apply to this Term-Funded, Assistant Professor of Refrigeration and Heating.


The University of Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) in Palmer, Alaska, is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Refrigeration and Heating.  If you are seeking a great position in a beautiful location, we encourage you to apply.

This position is full-time, exempt (salaried), benefits eligible, and term-funded on a 9-months per year basis.  In addition to the standard mix of vacation, sick leave, retirement, and health insurance, the benefits package includes a tuition waiver for employees and immediate family that is accepted at all UA Campuses. 

Start Date: Aug 10, 2020 - Anticipated.

Union Representation: This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT. 


  • Ability to communicate current HVACR technology concepts and theories to a diverse student population
  • Ability to prepare students to progress to advanced levels in the HVACR trades
  • Ability to incorporate technology in a classroom setting to support student learning
  • Ability to provide a safe learning environment in the classroom and in the laboratory
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Commitment to student success
  • Ability to construct effective learning activities for students
  • Ability to foster collegiality and work collaboratively within a diverse environment
  • Demonstrated experience with/knowledge of the theory and processes behind refrigeration systems
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Knowledge of electrical theory and principles
  • Knowledge of thermodynamic principles
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting HVAC/R systems
  • Ability to interpret and design electrical control schematics and knowledge of solid state controls
  • Demonstrated experience communicating in a teaching/training environment
  • Possess industry certifications or licenses
  • Education/training/experience demonstrates a commitment to excellence and professional development

Candidates will be evaluated on suitability of their education and technical training, industry certifications, past teaching experiences, expertise and experience in the HVACR field, and potential for providing high-quality instruction to students in assigned courses at Mat-Su College.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of an AAS in HVAC/R or a related field
  • Must have an EPA Section 608 Universal Certification
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of field experience in HVAC/R


- As a bipartite faculty member, the successful candidate will advise students, maintain records, participate in university and non-university committees, and fulfill university workload component for service.

- Maintain office hours as appropriate for student support.

- Create and update curriculum and instructional materials as necessary.

- Participate in program improvement through the UAA program assessment process.

- Maintain professional currency through self-study, coursework, and professional development.

- Over the course of the academic year, successful candidate will teach the following courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content description and with standards of good practice in HVAC/R:

  • RH A101 Fundamentals of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • RH A105 Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating I
  • RH A109 Principles of Thermodynamics
  • RH A122 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • RH A126 Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating II
  • RH A109 Troubleshooting HVAC/R Systems
  • RH A201 Commercial and Ammonia Refrigeration

Workload will normally consist of: 80% teaching (12 credits per semester) and 20% service to the university, community, and discipline. 

Our Program:      The Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) Refrigeration and Heating (RH) Department is a full HVAC/R training program that offers an AAS degree, an undergraduate certificate, and two occupational endorsement (specialty) certificates in all aspects of the HVAC/R trades.

Our Facilities:      Two classrooms plus almost 5,000 square feet of lab space provide a great learning environment for our students. The lab contains a functional compound ammonia refrigeration system and a full sheet metal shop. Individual work spaces allow students to design, build, operate, and troubleshoot refrigeration systems.

MSC Vision:          As exemplary leaders in the delivery of higher education in the Valley, Matanuska-Susitna College promotes the intellectual development and well-being of the individual, community, state, nation, and world.

Our Values:

  • Academic freedom and open exchange of ideas
  • Appreciation of diverse cultures and ways of thought
  • Collaborative learning
  • Community
  • Creative expression and technology innovation
  • Honesty, integrity, fairness, and mutual respect
  • Intellectual development and self-enrichment
  • Meaningful access to higher education

 “Opportunities start here” is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College; it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.  Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!

You can learn more about us by visiting our webpage: https://matsu.alaska.edu/about/index.cshtml


 Please complete the on-line, University application. To have full consideration, you must upload the following required documents:

  • Cover Letter 
  • CV or Resume
  • Three (3) Professional References (with contact information)
  • Copy of EPA Section 608 Certification 
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Teaching Philosophy

If you are unable to submit all the necessary documents through the portal, please email them to Suzan Labby at sklabby@alaska.edu

REVIEW DATE: Review of applications will be performed as applications are submitted and will continue until position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Receipt of official transcripts is a condition of employment. Successful applicant must be authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States.  MSC will not be sponsoring any visas for this term position.

Term Position:

This position term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:  www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UA.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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