Core Faculty - Human Development

Pasadena, CA
Full time

Job Description:



If you value People, Diversity, Social Justice, and Participatory Decision-Making, we'd like to hear from you!

This core faculty is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities. The core faculty is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening, or weekend on any Pacific Oaks College campus as assigned. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, instructional counseling, academic advising, committee membership, participation in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations. A core faculty performs all other duties as directed by Associate Dean, Dean of Academic Affairs or the President.

This position is based out of Pasadena but teaching at Cohort locations throughout the Greater LA area is required. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean of the School of Human Development.



  • Coordinate, plan, organize, and instruct courses in the day, evening, or on weekends on any Pacific Oaks College campus as assigned;
  • Keep active at a high level of expertise in the subjects taught and stimulate enthusiasm for those subjects;
  • Ensure that each program/class contains essential curricular components, has appropriate content and pedagogy, and maintains currency;
  • Recommend textbooks and other instructional materials including classroom and research resources to Associate Dean;
  • Assist in the college's library collection development by selecting, evaluating, and weeding library resources in each appropriate discipline;
  • Teach all classes according to an approved course syllabus;
  • Keep students informed and updated concerning course content, requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
  • Keep students informed about their progress through the prompt grading of papers and other work;
  • Provide students with a mid-term progress report;
  • Maintain accurate and complete scholastic records, including attendance records;
  • Submit student evaluation documentation, and other documentation when appropriate;
  • File an appropriate course syllabus for each course taught with the appropriate Associate Dean and the Academic Dean's office;
  • Conduct class evaluations and complete other college evaluations in accordance with college policy;
  • Ensure that assigned classes are held as scheduled;
  • Make suggestions to the Associate Dean or the Academic Dean concerning the improvement of the curriculum in keeping with the objectives of the college;
  • Participate in program and curriculum review and development and student learning outcomes initiatives;
  • Make use of available college online resources (course content engagement, home page, office hour posting, syllabi posting, grade book, Instructional Policy Manual, etc.);
  • Plan each unit or lesson, both as to content and method, to make each class minute meaningful and pedagogically congruent;
  • Organize each course taught into an effective instrument of learning;
  • Study and utilize students' learning styles in each class in order to facilitate the best teaching and learning situations;
  • Incorporate instructional technologies in instructional delivery;
  • Maximize the learning opportunities for each student;
  • Keep informed of current trends and new approaches to instruction via professional development activities;
  • Submit annual program budgets to the Associate Dean and work closely with the appropriate Associate Dean on the development of annual division budgets for approval
  • Assist with pre-registration and registration;
  • Demonstrate a genuine concern for each student through personal conferences and the full use of the faculty advisement system;
  • Assist in recruitment and retention of students;
  • Serve as an academic advisor to assigned students;
  • Post and maintain office hours for student consultations;
  • Strive for the qualities delineated in the criteria for faculty evaluation used by the college;
  • Refer students to counselors as needed;
  • Submit required reports to the appropriate college personnel;
  • Attend all faculty meetings, college assemblies, professional development and orientation activities, and other meetings as called by the President, directed by Associate Dean, Academic Dean or the President.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with all college policies and procedures and comply with all college policies and procedures;
  • Serve on and provide information to college committees as needed;
  • Be actively involved in the co-curricular activities of the college; and
  • Convey college-related information to students in a timely manner as requested by college officials.
  • Foster student critical thinking and analysis in a relational learning environment.
  • Work effectively with a team of academic professionals to foster the most enriching environment for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned





  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze data to formulate solutions to problems in collaboration with staff and faculty.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet objectives, and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in using personal computers, general office software, college-specific software, and other similar databases.
  • Exhibit adequate technological savviness for secondary education setting
  • Ability to teach Human Development courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Demonstrated bicultural/cultural competencies in clinical work and teaching;
  • Demonstrated Human Development awareness in trending modalities.
  • Ability to teach in a variety of modalities, including online
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative research methods and ability to supervise student research
  • Demonstrated teaching philosophy that is student-centered, reflective, and fosters a democratic classroom for a participatory learning community.
  • Demonstrated competencies such as collegiality, collaboration, motivating others, balance independent and inter-dependent academic responsibilities;
  • Keep informed of current trends in Human Development, Leadership and Child Development in addition to new approaches to instruction via professional development activities.
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Maintain active engagement in schools as part of ongoing community service for the college
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues, alumni, other constituents
  • Knowledge of current technology and methods for disseminating web assisted information





  • The qualifications for the Core faculty shall be in accordance with the applicable certification/credential requirements specified by the WASC and the appropriate accrediting agency or organization
  • Ph.D., Ed.D., PsyD, JD or a doctoral degree in an array of areas related to the Human Development field across the lifespan from an accredited university/college is required
  • Field work experience in an array of areas that implement Human Development paradigms and philosophies is preferred.
  • Up to 3 years of teaching experience in a college or university setting; or combination of adjunct, or part-time teaching experience is preferred. However, this is a great opportunity suitable for a candidate looking to initiate a faculty career in higher education
  • Faculty research and participation/leadership in state and national professional organizations
  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel within a 25-mile radius of Pasadena to teach at the College's cohort locations; as needed


Pacific Oaks College and Children's School offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

Pacific Oaks College and Children's School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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