Psychology Assistant Professor

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Position Title Psychology Assistant Professor Description of Position

Diablo Valley College is seeking applicants for a full–time, tenure-track academic position in Psychology. The successful applicant will be well qualified to teach a variety of courses from our course offerings and will play an active role in increasing participation and success of underserved student populations in Psychology.


Contact Diablo Valley College Office of Instruction at 925-969-2004

Recruitment Type Faculty Location Diablo Valley College Posting Number F00526 # of Openings 1 Yearly Salary Range / Hourly Range $59,616-$89,724 per year Position Status Tenure- Track EEO Job Category Faculty & Other Instructional Staff Employee Group Full-Time Faculty Department D4515-Social Science Discipline Psychology Alternate Discipline Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1.advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;
2.participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;
3.collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;
4.engaging in department program improvement initiatives;
5.participating in department, division, and college committees;
6.participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;
7.maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;
8.maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;
9.informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
10.preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;
11.maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;
12.posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;
13.participating in College’s shared governance processes.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience

The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):
Master’s degree in Psychology
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience, or social work;
A valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full-time instruction in Psychology;
The equivalent. If you do not possess the EXACT minimum qualifications (i.e. you do not possess the exact degree listed) and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications because of equivalent educational or professional background), please fill out the equivalency petition form found at

License/Certificates/Credentials Desirable Qualifications

1. Demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in the open-access learning environment of a community college;
2. Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity and reducing the equity gap, and ability to motivate motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation;
3. Commitment to professional growth and development and to continued improvement of teaching;
4. Demonstrated training, experience, and commitment to working with underprepared students;
5. Demonstrated academic preparation in the subject area and knowledge of diverse teaching strategies;
6. Demonstrated understanding of the application of psychology to everyday life;
7. Experience teaching college-level psychology, beyond graduate teaching assistantships;
8. Master’s degree (or doctorate) specifically in psychology.
9. Commitment to the integration of multi-cultural and ethnic perspectives in the teaching of all psychology courses;
10. Ability to teach a variety of courses in psychology;
11. Excellent oral and written communication.

Job Open Date: 12/06/2018 Job Close Date: 02/07/2019 Open Until Filled No Employment Begins: August 2019 # of Months 10 Diversity Statement

It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Employee Benefits

Membership in State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
District-paid benefits (employee contributes 6%) for employee and dependents/domestic partners include:
- Medical (Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser) insurance including chiropractic services
- Dental and vision
- Flexible spending (125) plan
- Life and long-term disability insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Deferred compensation (403b and 457)
- Sabbatical Leave

Additional Benefits: The District also offers eligible faculty employees, travel assistance plan, retiree benefits, and employee discounts on health memberships.

The United Faculty positions are within a collective bargaining unit. United Faculty employees are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee. The monthly contribution is an agency fee of .55 % of gross pay + $2.50.

How to Apply

1.Interested applicants must submit all of the application materials online to be considered for this position. We do not accept hand-delivered, e-mailed, faxed or postal mailed application packets.
2.It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date. Our application deadline time is 11:59pm on the specified closing date.
3.You should submit unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts for screening purposes. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload transcripts when completing our online application process. You should be prepared to provide official transcripts prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
4.If you do not possess the required educational degrees and are applying under the equivalency process, you bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application. Equivalency applications with supporting documentation should be submitted when 1) degrees are not in exact discipline required; 2) degree is in progress; 3) degrees were earned at a college or university outside of the United States. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload an equivalency form for evaluation by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process.
5.Applicants with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to United States degrees. An approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency must evaluate your course work. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload a foreign degree evaluation for review of by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process. Please read more details in the Foreign Degree and Credit Statement section of the job announcement.
6.Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Only upload the required documents, other materials can be presented if you are selected for an interview.
7.All application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
1. The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to the college at their own expense.
2. During the campus visit, each applicant will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a demonstration appropriate to the discipline. Selected interviewees may be invited to present an entire lecture in front of a class. Responses to the interview questions and demonstration will be rated by the interview committee.
3. Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited at their own expense to the campus for an interview with the college president and vice president of instruction.
4. After consultation with the interview committee, the college president will make the final recommendation for employment to the chancellor and the governing board of the Contra Costa Community College District.
5. Upon hire, the successful candidate must meet the conditions of employment. Finalists must provide verification of transcripts. TB test, physical examination, fingerprinting/conviction clearance and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

Foreign Degree and Credit Statement

In accordance with the United Faculty Contract, Article, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. Please upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date

ADA Accommodations

Request For Reasonable Accommodation

Medical Verification

Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by notifying the Human Resources Department by the deadline date. Candidates will be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made. Please complete the forms provided in the links above and email to
[email protected]

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About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.

Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.

As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 52,088 students a year, in 2017-18 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 10% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 33% Hispanic/Latino; 29% White/Caucasian; and 11% Other.

The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.

Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.

Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.

Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please respond to the REQUIRED Supplemental Questions addressing the minimum and desirable qualifications. We recommend that questions 2-5 should each be answered in 250-500 words. These supplemental questions are a required part of the application. They are designed to give you the opportunity to provide information about how you meet the desirable qualifications for the position. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS even if you repeat information provided elsewhere in the application. The information provided in these questions will be used to determine which individuals will be invited for an interview and teaching demonstration. Note: The disciplines listed in the minimum qualifications are determined by the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. A Ph.D. is considered to encompass a Master’s degree. Other than that, if the title(s) of your degree major(s) listed on your unofficial transcripts or other documents from the degree-granting institutions are not an EXACT MATCH to the degrees listed below, please submit an equivalency form. Without it, your application will not be considered. You can copy and paste the following in your browser,, to obtain the equivalency form. The completed form can be uploaded in the attachment section of the application.

No candidate for a full-time position shall be recommended as a finalist to the President without meeting the minimum qualifications or having been verified as meeting the equivalency.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please respond to the following REQUIRED Supplemental Questions addressing the minimum and desirable qualifications. We recommend that questions 2-5 should each be answered in 250-500 words. Make sure to answer all parts of each question even if you repeat the information provided elsewhere in the application. Describe the way(s) in which you meet the minimum qualifications. Important Note: The disciplines listed in the minimum qualifications are determined by the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. A doctorate in Psychology would also satisfy this qualification. Other than that, if the title(s) of your degree(s) listed on your unofficial transcripts or other documents from the degree-granting institutions are not an exact match to the degrees listed below, please submit an equivalency form. Without it, your application will not be considered.
    • I have a Master’s in psychology;
    • I have a Bachelor’s in psychology AND Master’s in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience or social work;
    • I have a valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full-time instruction in Psychology;
    • I do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated above and have applied for equivalency. (Please complete and upload the equivalency form in the attachment section of the application.)
  2. * Why should students study psychology?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Why would you like to teach psychology at a community college? What specific methods do you use to teach students, ranging from underprepared to high-level transfer, in the same course?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Compare and contrast how you would integrate multicultural perspectives in an Introduction to Psychology course, a Lifespan Development course, and an Abnormal Psychology course.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What psychology courses are you prepared to teach at DVC by virtue of your past experiences, academic study, or research? How do you stay current/up-to-date in your pedagogy?

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents Required Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript (must show degree(s) conferred)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Application for Equivalency
  2. Foreign Degree Evaluation Form (NACES Approved Agency)
  3. Unofficial Transcript 2
  4. Unofficial Transcript 3
  5. Unofficial Transcript 4




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Posted: 1/2/2019
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