Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Human Services and Psychology
This position is an 11 month, full-time non-tenure track faculty position with significant administrative responsibilities, and expected faculty appointment at Assistant rank. The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses as needed.
Who we are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build a new Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) focused on building academic pathways and providing holistic student support to ensure students are career ready. Our undergraduate human service and psychology majors serve first time freshmen as well as adult transfer students in blended and online delivery formats – on and off campus. Be ready to scale as we are growing! Next year, we expect approximately 600 new Freshmen!
We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students. As a result, we have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student-focused, expects excellence, and provides personalized support in a data-driven environment. These key tenets are grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation for quality growth and development.
We are looking for a collaborative, dedicated, hard-working, and student-centered colleague who will take leadership for all aspects of academic operations, including curriculum, faculty, and student success.
Who you are:
You are: A Proven Leader Ready to Train the Next Generation in your Field.
You have made a demonstrated impact on individuals, families, and/or communities in either health care, non-profit, government or community organization settings. You have provided direct services to clients and managed the administration functions in human services or health care organizations. You will ensure the development and delivery of a career relevant curriculum that provides real world experiences to help prepare students for their careers in the field. Employment outcomes are a key performance indicator.
You are: Driven to Succeed.
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that typically includes many first-generation students and those that face many personal challenges. To be successful in this position, you must be committed to leading and demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning. The position requires you to be agile, creative and engaging while offering new curriculum pathways and providing a career relevant, unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students. Student retention is a key performance indicator.
You will: Offer Best-in-Class Teaching and Learning.
You believe that your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds. Each term, you will facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of Coaches and Faculty, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence. Instructional excellence is a key performance indicator.
You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. You will serve as a mentor for your team, encouraging and facilitating growth. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together. Graduation rate is a key performance indicator.
• Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
• Expect Excellence: Maintain high expectations for our students and for the faculty that teach in the program by holding ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
• Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond. Connect students with their career interests and provide opportunities to engage in professional environments.
• Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Collaborate with faculty and coaches to utilize real-time data and technology to adapt instruction to student needs.
• Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of curriculum, instruction and the student experience.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND/OR RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Professional Studies, the Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Human Services and Psychology will carry a teaching load while also being responsible for the vision, implementation, and student outcomes of the Human Services and Psychology majors within the Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU).
• Leadership of Curriculum Development and Implementation: Maintain current and active knowledge in subject matter expertise in the discipline areas. Conduct regular reviews of the curriculum, and make data informed revisions of the majors(s) and courses offered, with a strong experiential and professional component. Lead subject matter experts in the development of courses in blended and online formats designed to support student success. Manage alignment of course outcomes to DQP.
• Data-Driven Course and Major Planning: Review course/major data quarterly and annually, in collaboration with UGC administration and content area faculty team, in order to inform ongoing course and major enhancements and to explore opportunities for course/concentration/major additions.
• Scheduling: Use an efficient scheduling model to ensure students have enough course options to continually progress toward graduation, class sizes that maximize resources, and flexible enough to customize academic pathways.
• Hiring: Collaborate with Human Resources to regularly create and maintain a hiring network in subject area creating a pool of hiring options for full-time and adjunct faculty positions, reviewing candidates, perform initial interviews for FT faculty and make recommendations for hire to UGC leadership
• Staffing: Assign FT faculty to staff for all courses in content area (contracting done by UGC administration).
• Ongoing Performance Management: Supervise and meet with faculty on a regular basis to ensure progress on their goals and instructional excellence. Perform classroom observations and provide constructive feedback for faculty (FT and adjunct). Coach faculty, as needed. Conduct annual performance reviews.
• Leadership in Professional Development (PD) to Drive Instructional Excellence: Collaborate with UGC administration and UGC faculty to ensure comprehensive approach to faculty PD is in place. Create, attend and actively participate in PD to build a stronger instructional model for the UGC. Includes on-boarding of new faculty as well as ongoing PD and support of all faculty.
• Administrative Planning and Engagement: Ensuring ongoing communication and alignment between UGC administration and content area faculty team. Engage in administrative planning as needed, e.g., in budget recommendations, providing input on marketing materials and enrollment strategies, and participation in UGC-wide efforts such as admitted students days and UGC-wide team meetings. You will take a leadership role in faculty governance at college/university level.
• Oversee Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance: Work with UGC and University administration to ensure that content area maintains all appropriate approvals and accreditation and compliance with all relevant university policies and regulatory guidelines. Includes but is not limited to maintenance of course syllabi, University Course Outlines (UCO), PD, etc.
• Support Resolution of Student Issues: Support UGC administration in resolution of student issues in content area, such as academic appeals and re-admissions of returning students.
• Develop External Relationships: For professional content areas, identify and serve as point of contact for partnerships with relevant external organizations (businesses, institutions, professional associations) to support continuous review and improvement of course content to align with industry standards, and to support creation of work-based learning opportunities for students.
• Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
o Collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.
o Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.
o Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
o Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.
o Communicate professionally and relate well.
• Minimum of six years of full-time professional experience in human services or psychology including:
-Preferred: At least three years of professional work experience as a practitioner
-Preferred: At least three years of professional administrative experience in the field
• Demonstrated record of teaching excellence, ideally in a university or college setting;
• Demonstrated ability to work with racially, culturally and economically diverse colleagues and students;
• Commitment to student success, student professional growth, effective professional advising, and experiential education;
• Evidence of effective management of human and fiscal resources;
• Experience using data for improvement purposes;
• Evidence of engagement and service to the field;
• Strong project management skills; and
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience in managing academic programs in a college or university setting;
• Experience in curriculum development for different modalities of delivery (hybrid/blended and online).
• Experience leading teams.
• Preferred: Earned PhD or a terminal degree in a Human Services, Psychology or a related field.
• Candidates who have a Master’s degree in Human Services, Psychology or in a related field.