Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Psychology

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Tenure StatusNon-TenureRankAssistant ProfessorTerm Length10 MonthsTerminal one year contractPosition StatusFull TimePosition TitleAssistant Professor and Coordinator, PsychologyCampusChicago - Michigan Ave.If other, please specify

The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses as needed.

Position Summary

National Louis University is seeking an Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Psychology to join our team of educators.

This position is a 10 month, full-time non-tenure track faculty position with 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 majors serve first time freshmen as well as adult transfer students in blended and online delivery formats – on and off campus.

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: You are Ready to Train the Next Generation in your Field.
You have made a demonstrated impact on individuals, families, and/or communities in education, health care, or non-profit, corporate, government or community organization settings. You have demonstrated teaching excellence in a higher education setting and have experience in the discipline of psychology. 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 focus of the Undergraduate College.

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 critical success indicator in the Undergraduate College.

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 and online 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 focus on growth mindset among your students, increase non-cognitive skill development, nurture academic confidence, and prepare students for their professional pathways. Instructional excellence is a key performance indicator for all NLU faculty.

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 achieve success. You will serve as a mentor for your team of faculty, encouraging and facilitating growth. This is ambitious work and we are in it together. Student persistence through graduation is our shared responsibility in the Undergraduate College.

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.

The Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Psychology will carry a teaching load and is expected to provide academic leadership for the Psychology major, minor and concentrations which are offered in blended and online formats. This work will include oversight of the curriculum along with ongoing content management; hiring, onboarding and mentoring of adjunct faculty; scheduling and staffing of courses; and support for the assessment of student learning.
In this position, faculty will teach 6-8 courses during the year. All faculty are expected to teach and inspire a culturally and linguistically diverse student population as evidenced by outstanding student teaching evaluations and observations. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to innovative delivery of instruction and support and mentoring of students consistent with the Undergraduate College’s and National Louis University’s mission and goals.
A demonstrated capacity to use a diverse range of effective and new technology based strategies as well as openness to adopting new practices is required.


  • Manage the content development and revisions for all courses included in Psychology majors, minors and concentrations. This includes the recruitment and screening of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), where applicable.

  • Interview, hire, and onboard all adjunct faculty teaching courses in the discipline.

  • Serve as a mentor and supervisor to adjuncts teaching in the discipline including observations and ongoing professional development.

  • 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.

  • Closely supervise student progression in the major and be actively involved in student case management along with other interventions to support student retention and academic success.

Demonstrate excellence in teaching:

  • Teach courses as assigned, 6-8 per year.

  • Collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.

  • Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.

  • Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.

  • Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.

  • Communicate professionally and relate well.

  • Participate in faculty professional development activities.

Service to the Institution

  • Contribute to a learning culture by participating on committees, supporting local campus events such as orientation and graduation, and participating in various other workshops and meetings.

  • Promote the major and career outcomes to internal and external stakeholders in order to achieve recruitment targets, student retention goals, and maintain high graduation rates.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of three years of full-time professional/clinical experience in Psychology;
  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence in a university or college setting;
  • Teaching experience in the areas of general psychology, cognition, consciousness, social, abnormal,
    and/or neuropsychology;
  • 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: experience leading teams preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Candidates who have a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related field may be considered.
  • Preferred: Earned PhD or PsyD in Psychology.
Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberFAC218Number of Vacancies1Desired Start DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions SummaryQuick Link for Internal Postings Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is the highest level of education completed in discipline or sub-field in which you are applying to?
    • Bachelors degree in discipline or sub-field
    • 18 graduate semester credits in discipline or sub-field
    • Master's degree or higher in discipline or sub-field
    • Doctoral degree in discipline or sub-field
  2. What is the highest level of education that you completed at an accredited institution of higher education?
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • All-But-Dissertation (ABD) in a Doctoral Program
    • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, JD, DBA, etc.)
Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcript A
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3
  5. Transcript B
  6. Transcript C
  7. Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)




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Posted: 7/3/2019
Application Due: 10/1/2019
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