Psychology Assistant Professor


Posting Number: F00926


Location: Diablo Valley College




Description of Position:


Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. DVC instructors close the equity gaps by fostering success among all students. To help further this work, DVC seeks two tenure-track Psychology Assistant Professors to start in August 2023 with expertise and/or specialization in one or both of the following two areas:

1. developmental psychology;

2. clinical/counseling psychology or community mental health.


The successful applicants will be well qualified by virtue of their experience or expertise to teach courses in Lifespan Development and/or Psychopathology. They will do so in ways that continuously incorporate historical and modern issues of race, social class, gender, sexual preferences, differences in ability, and other identities relevant to our diverse student population. Faculty at DVC are also expected to teach a variety of other courses outside of their specialty, share a strong commitment to social and racial justice, and use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students.


We are looking for colleagues who will demonstrate discipline expertise and show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students.


We are looking for instructors who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice and who use or are inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students.


We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people.




Contact Susan at sturnquist@dvc.edu for inquiries


Position Status: Tenure- Track


EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff


Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty


Department: D4515-Social Science


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:


Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.


The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university): Master’s degree or higher 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 title listed) and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications, fill out the equivalency petition form in the document section of the online application. If you are unsure that you meet the minimum qualifications, please fill out the equivalency petition. The https://www.4cd.edu/career/forms/equivalency-application/Academic%20Position%20Application%20-%20Masters%20Degree%20Discipline%20Equivalency%20Form.pdf


Desirable Qualifications:


Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.


• Experience teaching psychology to students with different backgrounds and levels of preparation using diverse teaching methods;

• Experience teaching courses in lifespan development or psychopathology (or both);

• Expertise in centering course topics around historical and modern issues of race, social class, gender, sexual preferences, differences in ability, and other identities relevant to our diverse student population;

• Committed to continued improvement of teaching and pedagogy;

• Willing and able to teach a wide range of classes, including classes and topics outside of specialization in a variety of formats, including online, hybrid, and face-to-face;

• Committed to contributing immediately to department and division tasks outside the classroom;

• Committed to engaging with students, in and out of the classroom, as active agents with strengths, skills, and intersectional identities to be cultivated and explored;

• Experience and enthusiasm for helping students to apply psychological principles to better understand and improve their lives;

• Clear and engaging communication skills.


Job Open Date: 11/02/2022


Job Close Date: 1/9/2023


Open Until Filled: No


Employment Begins: August, 2023


# of Months: 10


To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/3602816


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