Instructor, Psychology

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Orange Coast College


Instructor, Psychology

Job# 13-O-20

Salary: $52,394.00 - $124,911.00 Annually

Deadline: 02/01/19


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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure-track faculty member in Psychology commencing with the 2019 fall semester. The primary teaching assignment involves all areas of Psychology. This assignment also includes curriculum and program development, participation in department, division, college committees, and participatory governance activities, assuming leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole; collaboration across disciplines and the leveraging of student support resources; and participation in ongoing professional development.

The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online, hybrid, or off-campus and is subject to change as needed. The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting individualized student and employee goals through the work of Psychology.

The Psychology department shares OCC's commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 21,498 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations:35% of OCC's students are Latinx, 31% are White, 23% are Asian, 6% are multiracial, 2% are African-American, and less than 1% Native American. Faculty have the opportunity to enhance their classroom methods during two professional development days during the academic year, which include learning sessions like "Digital Accessibility," "Basic Skills: Helping Students Help Themselves," and "Taking a Skills-Based Approach to Teaching College Students." Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).


Examples of Duties:   Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide instruction of psychology courses in accordance with established course outlines.

Participate in curriculum development, revision, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance.

Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter areas.

Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.

Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member, including, but not limited to, the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provision of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned.

The assignment may include day, evening or weekend classes.

Teach courses in Experimental Methods, Psychobiology, and Lifespan Developmental Psychology.

Teach other courses in the discipline.


Qualifications and Physical Demands


Must meet one of the following qualifications under (1) through (4):

Valid California Community College instructor credential, appropriate to the subject, per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR

Master's degree from an accredited institution in Psychology; OR

Bachelor's degree in the above AND a Master's degree in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience, or social work from an accredited institution;

Or, possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above. Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials. Please see Additional Information below to determine if you need to submit an Application for Equivalency.

Evidence of responsiveness to, and understanding of the racial, ethnic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, academic and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom.

Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities.

Ability to complement existing staff, student and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills.



Ph.D. in Psychology from an accredited institution with transcript evidence to show completion of coursework in the assigned areas of teaching which include experimental psychology, statistics, developmental psychology, and biological psychology. Both undergraduate and graduate supporting coursework is desired. Evidence of student success in teaching psychology, preferably in a community college setting with a commitment to cover required syllabi toward preparing students for a successful transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

Demonstration of experiences commensurate with a community college faculty position, including the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues on assignments (teaching, departmental and divisional meetings, committees, curriculum development, co-curricular (clubs), experience with learning objectives, student learning outcomes and assessment of student learning outcomes, etc.).

Evidence of current academic preparation in the discipline (within the last five years). Current academic experiences relevant to the discipline such as taking classes, attending workshops or seminars, or attending professional conferences will be considered.

Evidence of participation in student success initiatives in a post-secondary setting. Evidence of an ability to address the instructional needs of a diverse and frequently underprepared student population.

Evidence of an ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

Evidence of an ability to adapt teaching pedagogy to the knowledge level (developmental through transfer) and personality of each individual and class. Evidence of an ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidenced-based assessment of student learning.

Evidence of innovation, scholarship, or leadership in the teaching of Psychology. Desire and demonstrated an ability to participate actively in department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District.

Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.

Demonstration of ability and commitment to integrate new technologies into the learning process, such as PowerPoint, Excel, SPSS, along with the ability to access relevant websites. Also helpful will be the possession of skills to support online technologies such as BlackBoard, Canvas, ParScore, and website building software. Ability to differentiate between experimental methods and other research methods, and knowledge of statistics commonly used to evaluate experiments versus other research methodologies.

Large group teaching experience and online teaching experience would also be assets to the Psychology Department.

Ability to work with computers, and use the Internet and interactive technologies to engage students in on-campus and online courses (where academically appropriate); and intrinsic motivation and ability to develop and teach online courses.

Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.






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Posted: 12/13/2018
Application Due: 2/1/2019
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Salary: $52,394.00 - $124,911.00 Annually