Human Services / Substance Abuse Counseling faculty

Des Plaines
51,927 - 68,640
Apr 21, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, seeks Psychology or Human Services faculty to join our College. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a comprehensive two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois. Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction of a new Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

Oakton is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as numerous professional organizations.

Oakton's 720 full- and part-time faculty members' true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Job Description:

Oakton Community College seeks to fill one full-time, tenure-track Psychology or Human Services faculty position beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year in August 2017.  The successful applicant will be available to teach in the evenings and weekends, as well as teaching online and on both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.

Applicants must be strong communicators and effective classroom facilitators who enjoy teaching in a student-centered environment.

Candidates committed to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton. Cultural competence integrates and transforms knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of services provided.

Applicants should be current and skilled in their use of evolving technologies, active in promoting critical thinking, and committed to challenging our students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and capable global citizens. Oakton is seeking energetic, enthusiastic faculty who are student centered and committed to innovation in college-level teaching and learning, and interested in non-traditional delivery of instruction.

The College expects full time faculty to be professionally competent, have strong leadership qualities, participate in professional development activities, and to engage in institutional and departmental service. Prior undergraduate teaching experience is preferred.

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Construction of a course syllabus, consistent with the generic course syllabus that stipulates course objectives, content, and grading criteria.
  • Preparation of course presentations and instructional materials for lecture.
  • Delivery of instruction, including being prepared for and meeting courses at scheduled times.
  • Consultation with and evaluation of students.
  • Maintenance of clear records on student performance, as well as any other factors such as attendance involved with the grading of students.
  • Compliance with departmental and institutional policies and procedures including but not limited to submission of midterm and final grades, keeping office hours, and decisions regarding instructional matters such as texts, assignments, and grading standards; also adhering to provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Participation and compliance with departmental decisions regarding instructional matters such as texts, assignments, and grading standards.
  • Participation in department and/or institutional assessments of student learning.
  • Participation in department and/or institutional surveys.
  • Participation on appropriate standing and/or ad hoc committees within the Behavioral and Social Sciences department and the Division of Social Sciences and Business.
  • Participation in college wide activities, such as a college wide committee or task force, faculty governance, accreditation studies, student activities/clubs/organizations, planning and/or implementation of college wide professional development activities, college related external professional meetings and activities, planning and/or implementation of college related social or fund raising functions, and other college related community activities mutually agreed upon by the Dean and the faculty member.
  • Compliance with institutional procedures.


A Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Human Services or a related field is required.  

Also required is certification by IAODAPCA (must submit copy of certification at time of application);

a minimum of four years professional experience in the AODA field;

a minimum of two years' experience in clinical supervision;

and professional licensure, registration, or credential.

Preferred Qualifications:
Professional activity or demonstrated scholarship; prior college teaching experience in either Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Human Services or a related field are preferred.  Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Participation in departmental and institutional service.
  • Development and delivery of courses using learning management software (such as D2L or Blackboard).
  • Demonstrated experience working with a culturally diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce.
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity and cultural competence.

Additional Information:

******Notice to applicants, please disregard the COREquisite questions when applying and refer to the job requirements in this posting for accurate information******

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures and have a demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

The full time faculty member's workload during the nine month academic year is 30 lecture hour equivalents (LHEs). The average teaching load is 15 LHEs in the Fall and Spring semesters.

The academic calendar consists of 169 working days; instructional days total 153 of the working days within the academic calendar. Four days are used for instruction, final student evaluations, or course culminating activities. Two days are designated for grading, and one day is associated with commencement which is assigned on a three year rotation. The remaining nine days are designated for professional development, course preparation, student orientation, assessment, advising, registration, and/or college or departmental activities.

The faculty member is expected to have a minimum of 10 regular office hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The College expects full time faculty to participate in professional development activities and to engage in institutional and departmental service.

The hiring range for full time faculty is based on a 9 month, no overload contract.  Additional pay is received for teaching overloads and summer assignments. The minimum salary in the hiring range for the 2017-18 academic year is $51,927 and the maximum is $68,640.

A comprehensive benefit package is available which includes medical, vision, and dental insurance; flexible spending; term life insurance; tuition waivers and reimbursement; retirement; paid holidays; sick days; sabbatical leave; and a four day summer work week.

The full consideration deadline is May 01, 2017.

On campus screening interviews will be conducted by the search committee with selected applicants, and are anticipated to be held during the period May 09-May 19, 2017. A teaching demonstration is part of the interview. Finalists will participate in a second round of on campus interviews with the Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Finalist interviews are expected to be conducted during the period May 19-26, 2017.

Appointment to a faculty position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that this appointment will be taken to the Board of Trustees for approval at the June 27, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

The faculty member appointed to the position begins employment on August 14, 2017.

Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews. 

The search for this position has been re-opened.

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete and submit the online application found on the Oakton website.  Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information, two letters of recommendation, IAODAPCA certification and transcripts must be uploaded by the applicant to the Oakton employment website.  Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.


An unofficial copy of the, IAODAPCA certification must be submitted at the time of application. Certification is required prior to appointment.

Recommendation letters may either be original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton Community College
Faculty Search PSYHSV-17
c/o Human Resources
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Specialist at if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

The full consideration deadline is May 01 2017. Required transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume/cv, cover letter, and list of references with contact information are also to be submitted by May 01, 2017.  The posting will be removed from the Oakton website at 11:59 pm eastern US time zone on May 02, 2017. Once posted positions are removed from the website, no additional applications will be accepted.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity employer.

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