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Adjunct Faculty for Thesis/Human Development

Pacific Oaks College & Children's School
Pasadena, CA

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Education, Child Development & Family Studies
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Pacific Oaks College is looking for qualified individuals to provide support and mentorship as thesis chair to students in the Master of Arts programs in the School of Human Development (HD. The thesis chair is a gatekeeper who ensures that a student meets personal, departmental, College, and even universal standards (such as APA). Further, the chair is responsible for promoting student learning. A thesis chair’s commitment is for the entire period that the graduate student is enrolled in thesis classes. During this period, the chair will assess drafts of the thesis.


  • Be committed to the education and training of the graduate student as a future member of the research community by providing:
    • Consistent support for standards of rigor and academic conduct that model the best practices in research and scholarship in their discipline for the graduate student.
    • Timely feedback on the student’s work to facilitate ongoing progress on the thesis. Feedback includes but is not limited to content of all chapters, research process, and current APA formatting.
    • A learning environment for graduate students that is intellectually stimulating and supportive.
  • Provides guidance in the execution of research/project and encourages critical and independent thinking in research, project and activities such as Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Provide weekly support for students.
  • Assesses student work in a timely fashion and conveys feedback to students to facilitate ongoing progress on the thesis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Be CITI Program Certified (free once a member of the Pacific Oaks College community).
  • Have in-depth knowledge of qualitative research methodologies.
  • Be familiar with IRB processes.
  • Grade and provide feedback on all assignments within 5 days of the due date.
  • Facilitate and participate in the weekly discussion postings.
  • Actively respond to student emails and requests within 24-48 hours.
  • Post final grades by the College deadline.
  • Provide weekly announcements and overviews for each week of the course.
  • Identify and refer at-risk students to academic support services.
  • Participate in Adjunct trainings, meetings, events and other College requirements.


  • Hold a Doctorate in Human Development, Family Studies, Psychology, or related field.
  • Experience with research development and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated competency with academic writing, including current APA formatting and crafting literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated post-graduate research experience.
  • Communicate effectively using Canvas, Pacific Oaks College’s learning management system.
  • Proficiency in common internet tools, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Commitment to support the mission of Pacific Oaks College.

Please include the following attachments with your online application to be considered for this position:

  • CV and cover letter.
  • 2 recent letters of recommendation (within the last 1-2 years).
  • Highest degree unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon hiring).

Pacific Oaks offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of diversity and social justice. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical, vision, and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, 403b with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition discount, and other perks.

Pacific Oaks is an affiliate of TCS Education System. To apply for this position or others, visit our Careers’ Page at:

Pacific Oaks participates in E-Verify and verifies identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Pacific Oaks offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at Pacific Oaks College & Children's School


Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor’s completion, master’s, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

Founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. Three basic concepts underlie the educational philosophy at Pacific Oaks:

  • that every individual has a fundamental worth;
  • that growth is a dynamic and life-long process;
  • and that every individual has a unique identity and human potential.

Pacific Oaks has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and has become known and recognized for its progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements. This philosophy is embodied in the school’s Experiential Learning, approach, and opportunities such as the Credit for Life Experience option which allows students to gain academic credit for real-world experiences.

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has been since 1959.

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