Jackson, MI
June 11, 2023

Jackson College: Psychology Full Time Faculty

Employment Type: Full-Time

Salary: $69,000.00 - $83,000.00 Annually

Other primary responsibilities include curriculum development and assessment, program development and review, advising students and meeting scheduled office hours. Participation in department/discipline meetings and in college-wide committees is required.  The candidate must work effectively with other faculty and staff in a rapidly changing team environment. Support and contribution to diversity and student success initiatives and commitment to campus and curricular internationalization efforts is expected. A commitment to professional development and learning is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision values and beliefs of Jackson College through working with diverse populations but still be able to connect one-on-one with students. This individual will have good listening skills and the ability to understand the needs of others, be flexible, and maintain a high work ethic and integrity.

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Participates in department, academic program, and curriculum development activities.
  • Plans thoroughly on a daily, weekly, and semester time period to ensure implementation of the established curriculum and provides strong support for students in their pursuit of established expectations.
  • Develops plans that promote the development of higher-order thinking skills in the instructional process.
  • Develops and maintains course outlines which are reviewed annually.


  • Provides motivation to learn via:
  1. thorough planning
  2. enthusiasm for subject matter
  3. appropriate climate for learning within the classroom
  4. relevant and current course content
  5. understanding of individual differences and learning styles
  • Facilitates and paces instruction to maximize learning.
  • Utilizes varied instructional delivery modes.
  • Assesses learning frequently using various methods, such as:
  1. questioning techniques
  2. oral and/or written quizzes
  3. student presentations
  4. writing assignments
  5. self-determined assessment instruments
  • Provides remediation as deemed appropriate and possible.
  • Develops and administers exams consistent with learning goals including course competency examinations, where appropriate.
  • Possibility of teaching evening and weekend courses, weekend, online, condensed courses, CBE, and in the Corrections Education Program
  • Develops and distributes course syllabi for each course taught to each student which:

a.   conveys the goals and outcomes of the course

b.   reflects curriculum adopted by the academic area and/or program for course

c.   establishes and communicates challenging expectations for students

d.   explains the relationship of those expectations to the grading and assessment process.

General Responsibilities

  • Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment and career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
  • Responds to requests of academic area and/or program leaders, department heads, committee chairs, records office, etc. in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Consistently meets instructional schedule and other assignments and commitments in support of the college.
  • Establishes and maintains regular and appropriate office hours
  • Treats all members of the college community with dignity and respect.
  • Works through established channels to resolve problems.
  • Participates in activities designed to promote attainment of the college vision and its missions.
  • Participates in academic area and/or program planning and improvement activities as requested.
  • Meets requirements of the APRP with the intention of maintaining teaching effectiveness, professional development and support of college/community initiatives.
  • Attends Commencement.
  • Attends and participates in academic area and/or program and department meetings.
  • Formally documents learning assessment efforts in a timely manner.
  • Learns and complies with all college policies.
  • Upholds and enforces the student code of conduct.

Professional Growth

  • Maintains a current knowledge in subject area(s) of instruction.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of research in the area of teaching and learning.
  • Incorporates new knowledge in the planning and instruction process.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the ongoing growth and development of students and fellow staff members alike.
  • Participates in professional development activities
  • When appropriate, maintains ties with professional organizations.


  • Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment, career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the growth and development of the academic area and the college by participating in team-based committee work, academic area planning, and other academic area-related and college-related activities.
  • Supports the academic area and college through other work normally expected of faculty members.

Teaching Effectiveness

  • Places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, and evaluation/assessment of courses.
  • Understands the various levels of preparation represented in the typical classroom and communicates well to the various levels.
  • Provides a course syllabus to the students.
  • Understands and adapts teaching to various learning styles present in the classroom as demonstrated in the presentation of course materials and assessment of student learning.
  • Conducts classroom assessment techniques.
  • Designs and implements course curriculum that reflects the relevance and conveys the value of academic studies to everyday world.
  • Understands and successfully uses learning technology, as needed, both in class and as a tool for distance learning.
  • Fosters higher-level learning with an emphasis on analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Promotes student demonstration of learning through a variety of assessments that may include exams, discussions, debates, presentations, simulations, and/or debriefings.
  • Has high expectations of students and gives challenging work.
  • Makes contact with students, recognizing them as individual learners
  • Is accessible to students both in and out of the classroom and/or formal office hours and strives to help students be successful.
  • Listens to students and encourages them to actively participate in the learning process.
  • Demonstrates respect, care, and empathy for students.
  • Encourages students to believe they can learn successfully; shows confidence in them.
  • Is flexible switching from one teaching approach to another when things don't work, yet keeps the objectives of the course in sight at all times.
  • Is enthusiastic about the subject matter in the classroom and shares the joy of learning with students.
  • Maintains a sense of humor and humanity in the classroom.
  • Encourages student growth and celebrates student success.

Faculty Professional Development

  • Demonstrates a continuing engagement with the learning and scholarship of their area of specialization.
  • Strives to be on the cutting edge of professional content knowledge and methodology

Minimum Qualifications - EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:


  • Master's degree or higher in psychology, or master's degree or higher in counseling or closely related field with 18 graduate credit hours in psychology
  • Teaching experience in psychology or related courses  

Strongly Preferred

  • Two years teaching experience at the community college level in psychology or a related field
  • Qualified under the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission to teach additional disciplines in the behavioral sciences
  • Experience in creating courses, course materials and content for both face-to-face and online instruction


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.   Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Utilize arithmetic and apply concepts of basic algebra as appropriate to the job responsibilities.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk, reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Please attach the following to your application as separate documents:

  1. Cover letter that includes your salary expectation
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Evidence of Student Learning
  4. Role of the Community College
  5. Statement of your Teaching Philosophy
  6. Unofficial Transcripts

Failure to provide all of the documents above may result in disqualification of your application.

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess (even if you are repeating it from your resume or cover letter). For instance, do not say, "See Resume or C/V." Applications will be rejected if incomplete.  

When you apply for the position, you will get to the document upload area where you will be given an opportunity to attach your documents such as your vita, transcripts, etc.. Instructions will also be found there.

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