Assistant Professor of Psychology

Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, UT (30+ days ago)4.2


Overview of SLCC and the Community: Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body in the state. Salt Lake Community College’s values include collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, and trust. It serves more than 60,000 students on 8 campuses including an eLearning virtual campus. It is in the dynamically vibrant and economically stable urban environment of the Great Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake residents enjoy easy access to numerous recreational opportunities during all four seasons, as well access to five National Parks throughout the state. Also, Salt Lake hosts many sporting events, such as professional basketball, champion soccer, Triple A baseball, and the Salt Lake Marathon. Downtown Salt Lake offers many urban opportunities such as art galleries, the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, as well as a variety of restaurants and brew pubs. The Sundance Film Festival draws 46,000 attendees and makes Utah one of the centers of the independent film industry. Salt Lake boasts a rich and celebrated diversity, with significant populations of Latinos(22%), Asians (4.5%), and Pacific Islanders, mainly comprised of Samoans and Tongans, (2%). Native Americans and African Americans round out our cultural mix. Multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events and festivals highlighting the many groups take place throughout the year, from Pioneer Days, which features one of the largest and oldest parades in the nation, to one of the West’s largest Pride Festivals, from the Salt Lake Greek Festival to various Cinco de Mayo and Pacific Island celebrations, and many more. In addition to the wide variety of religious faiths represented here, there is a vibrant and active LGBT community. Salt Lake City also has a reputation as a refugee center.

Salt Lake Community College is dedicated to engaging and supporting students from all cultures, abilities, and ages, including English Language Learners (ELL) from around the world, underserved, first generation, and refugee students. Additionally, rapidly changing student demographics, with increases in students from Hispanic/Latino/Latina backgrounds, have made the imperative to close achievement gaps for students of color a top priority for the entire college. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division serves students from a variety of backgrounds that bring to the classroom a variety of social literacies, meaning-making skills, knowledges, languages, and life experiences. Therefore, Salt Lake Community College and the Social and Behavioral Science Division seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. We especially value faculty with experience and/or theoretical understanding of the value of high-impact practices (HIPs) for traditionally underserved and underrepresented student populations.

Job Overview: Under general supervision the faculty member will prepare and teach lecture, hybrid and distance-learning Psychology courses as assigned by the department. This position will include the development and teaching of general education psychology courses and possibly courses in the faculty member’s area of expertise. The faculty member will also serve the department, the school, the college, and the larger community by attending both general and discipline-specific forums and meetings, by serving on College and Department committees, by serving on community committees, engaging with the community in a range of ways and by mentoring adjunct faculty. The faculty member will also participate in a range of professional development activities.

The faculty member will teach 15 instructional units (contact/credit hours) per semester in the Psychology program at Salt Lake Community College. Regular full-time faculty members teach assigned day, evening, and weekend classes in accordance with established guidelines and policies and participate in advising, committee assignments, other academic and institutional support activities, as assigned.

Much of the regular load will be introductory and survey courses. This position may also include Concurrent Enrollment coordination of courses in local high schools. Additional responsibilities may include supervision of internships, participating in online curriculum development, training and mentoring adjunct faculty, attending forums and meetings, and serving on department and college committees and boards as requested. Duties will include coordination of the periodic review of the Psychology program with other faculty members.

Starting salary is commensurate with degrees and experience with a starting salary not usually higher than mid-range. Depending on departmental need, a summer contract equal to approximately 18% – 20% of the nine-month contract total may also be available. Compensation for the nine-month contract will be paid out over twelve months. The faculty member is eligible for the College’s generous benefits package, which includes insurance coverage and retirement contributions.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

General Job Duties:
a. Become familiar with, and abide by, all college policies with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the organization.
b. Maintain professional etiquette in communications with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
c. Work closely with department peers and administrator to understand processes and procedures that lead to becoming a successful teacher and contributing member of the academic unit.

Teaching
a. Creates an effective, supportive learning environment for students regardless of delivery method.
b. Teaches courses consistent with department procedures, appropriate Course Curriculum Outline (CCO) and catalog description.
c. Provides each student with a syllabus (paper or online) at the first class meeting that complies with department procedure and the CCO.
d. Teaches assigned classes at the scheduled time and place and meets during required contact hours.
e. Demonstrates incorporation of active and applied learning in courses taught (hands‐on and engaged activities).
f. Provides appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments.
g. Promotes development of critical thinking among students.
h. Actively participates in the update and production of new curriculum development and related activities as a contributing team member of the program area, department, campus, college and state.
i. Maintains and posts teaching schedule. Maintains significant campus presence to respond to instruction and daily needs of students, departments, college and community. Meets with students outside of class-a minimum of 5 hours/week in person or on‐line.
j. Is available to teach courses at times directed by academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The department recommends final teaching assignments with final decision by the Academic Administrator.
k. Returns graded assignments in a timely fashion per department standards.
l. Consistently improves course quality, design and course integrity through participation in college‐wide assessment of student learning.
m. Maintains student attendance records (for Financial Aid purposes) and grades.
n. Conducts a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance. Informs students of progress to date periodically and assigns and submits grades by published deadlines.
o. Assists in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment. Prepares and submits incident reports to Dean of Student Services for inappropriate student behavior as defined by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.
p. Uses appropriate resources and technology in the delivery of courses.
q. Collaborates with colleagues for instructional improvement.
r. Maintains professional and collegial behavior.
s. Coordinates and supervises internships and clinical experiences for students as assigned.
t. Responds to voicemail and email communication promptly (generally within 1‐2 contract days).
u. Meets deadlines.
v. Maintains professional appearance as defined by the discipline and/or College procedure.
w. Partners with the college to provide innovation to improve the learning environment.
x. Promotes support for the mission, vision, values and goals of the College by incorporating culturally‐competent pedagogy and inclusivity practices.

Professional Activity
a. Maintains necessary educational credentials, professional skills and demonstrated teaching competencies consistent with department standards.
b. Solicits feedback and implements suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.
c. Expands knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.
d. Promotes professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in‐service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by departments.
e. Participates in collegial mentoring relationship, serving as mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.
f. Engages in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.
g. Serves community partners as content area experts when needed.
h. Completes required training and participates in professional development.
Service
a. Provides service to the institution through appropriate participation in academic and campus committee assignments; offers adequate service on at least one department, school, or college‐wide committee.
b. Promotes, models and exhibits the College Values with colleagues, students and community stakeholders.
c. Responds to discussions and requests for department work in timely manner (e.g. answers email, completes task assignments, etc.)
d. Mentors new faculty as assigned.
e. Serves on tenure sitting committees for department colleagues when appropriate.
f. Knows and enforces FERPA guidelines and other pertinent federal regulations.
g. Assists in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.
h. Reviews and recommends program textbooks and/or materials.
i. Attends Convocation, Professional Development Day, Commencement and other institutional meetings (e.g. department meetings).
j. Handles/responds to student concerns/complaints.
k. Assumes an active role in the student advising process, formal and/or informal, per departmental guidelines.
l. Meets with and updates counseling office; updates and maintains advising materials per departmental guidelines.
m. Develops and/or participates in student recruitment and retention strategies. (Career and Majors Fair, Pathways to Professions, informal outreach, etc.)
n. Assists with assessment of credit for prior learning as needed.
o. Participates in the formulation and implementation of department initiatives.
p. Evaluates and revises program offerings/materials on an ongoing basis and develops new curricula as needed.
q. Participates in strategic planning and monitors the institutional effectiveness and accountability process.
r. Provides leadership and instructional integrity through classroom observation, mentoring and evaluation of part‐time employees or serving on tenure sitting committees as needed. Participates in state‐level issues as requested.
s. Reports maintenance issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate authorities.
t. Maintains inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies and storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and request appropriate equipment repair.
u. Actively participates in the informed budget process.
v. Identifies budgetary needs and priorities within the program as applicable.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued Preferred Qualifications
1. PhD in Psychology or closely-related discipline from an accredited higher education institution.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of or work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as it relates to psychology.
3. Demonstrated understanding of the scholarship, theory, and practice of teaching and learning (pedagogy)
4. Expertise in multicultural theory and/or pedagogical practices.
5. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience teaching issues of multi-cultural psychology.
6. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and demonstrated commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.
7. Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities that maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external students and colleagues.
8. Expertise in the theory or application of High Impact Practices (HIPs) for underserved populations
9. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated success in working with multilingual students.

Minimum Qualifications
1. Applicant must have a Masters in Psychology or a closely-related field from an accredited higher education institution.
2. Two years of Full- or Three years of part-time experience teaching higher education courses.
3.Graduate level coursework in quantitative methods, social, developmental, or multicultural psychology.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Computer literacy skills as they relate to email, Microsoft programs, and on-line teaching.
2. Strong commitment to student success
3. Cultural-competence in practice and curriculum development.
4. Knowledge of the instructional program.
5. Innovative and flexible working style.
6. Effective team member and supporter of College, School and division policies, procedures and goals.
7. Willingness and availability to attend meetings as necessary.
8 Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience teaching traditional and online higher education courses.
9 Ability to develop curriculum.
10. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, culture, ethnic background, and abilities, to maintain good working relationships across the College.
11. The ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties Special Instructions
Priority Review Date: September 7, 2018. All Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Applications received after the date will be considered if the position has not been filled.

For additional consideration, please attach the following for the search committee:
A. Cover Letter of interest addressing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications;
B. Copy of the candidate’s current curriculum vitae;
C. Copies of university transcripts
D. 3 Confidential letters of recommendation – see below for Confidential Letters.

Instructions for Confidential Letters:
Applicants are requested to use Interfolio or call the HR Office at 801-957-4210. Confidential Letters are to be received by the Human Resource Office by mail or email (HR@SLCC.EDU). Please clearly indicate the letters are for Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Mailing address:
Salt Lake Community College
Attn: Human Resources
C/O James Broadbent (F18008)
P.O. Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808

Applicants who reach the final rounds will be required to submit a portfolio (detailing teaching, service, and curriculum development — further instructions will be provided). Finalists will also be required to participate in a teaching demonstration and provide a written reflective exercise.

SLCC HR Dept will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalist.

Official Transcripts from the selected finalist are required before offering employment.

Faculty salaries are commensurate upon higher education and experience. SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. Please review our Benefits Summary located on our benefits home page: http://i.slcc.edu/hr/benefits/full-time-employees.aspx

If you need assistance, please contact SLCC HR Office at 801-957-4210.

FLSA Exempt SLCC Information
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.