Assistant Professor, Psychology
Behavioral Sciences Department
Full or Part Time
Hours per week
Number of Months
Teaching assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.
Starting salary range: $53,413.02 – $83,562.16 annually. An annual stipend of $1,306 shall be paid to any faculty member who has an earned Doctorate from an accredited institution.
Academic training and teaching experience will form the basis for salary computation as determined by placement on the regular salary schedule of the College. A maximum of step 8 at the appropriate salary grade will be awarded to new faculty. For a salary estimate, visit www.palomar.edu/hr/salaryinfo and use the links in the Full-time Faculty section.
The Assistant Professor, Psychology will be primarily responsible for teaching a variety of courses in the discipline of Psychology. Specifically, these courses may include five psychology classes per semester, to include Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods. Based on the background of the selected candidate and discipline enrollment growth trends, other teaching assignments may include Statistics, Physiological Psychology, Human Sexuality, or other Transfer Associate Arts degree (AA-T) courses.
The Psychology discipline is part of the Behavioral Sciences Department, a multidisciplinary department consisting of psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, alcohol and other drug studies, and religious studies. The multidisciplinary nature of the department provides a unique and invaluable opportunity to learn and interact with colleagues from a variety of academic backgrounds and areas of expertise. In addition, given the consistently high enrollment at Palomar College, we are able to offer a broad range of undergraduate classes in psychology, which allows our faculty considerable freedom and flexibility in their teaching schedules.
Supervision Received and Exercised
Complete details may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to the teaching responsibilities, other duties include maintaining regular office hours, curriculum and program development, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, full participation in department activities (e.g., developing psychology teaching schedules, evaluating instructors, attending department meetings), and participation in college governance.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Must meet one of the sets of qualifications listed under a) through c):
a) A Master’s degree in psychology.
b) A Master’s degree in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience, or social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
c) A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of the qualifications in either a) or b) above. You must complete and attach the Equivalency Qualifications Form ( www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/equivalency.pdf ) if you do not possess the specific minimum qualifications as stated above, which includes degrees that have not been awarded at the time of submitting the application.
Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Candidates who have earned degrees from foreign institutions are required to submit both official translations and course-by-course evaluations of their transcripts that have been prepared by a certified U.S. credential review service that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services ( NACES ). Visit www.naces.org for a list of current members.
Position requires sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds in a community college.
• Strong depth and breadth of preparation in academic psychology.
• Demonstrated excellence in community college teaching and experience teaching introduction to psychology and research methods courses.
• Background experience or preparation for teaching one of the following courses: Research Methods, Statistics, Physiological Psychology, or Human Sexuality.
• Completion of substantive graduate-level coursework in psychology beyond that specified in the minimum qualifications.
• Commitment to a student learning-centered college.
• Evidence of a strong commitment to remain current in psychology and its instructional program.
• Experience collaborating with colleagues and developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
• Experience with Student Learning Outcome design and assessment.
Licenses and/or Certificates
Complete working conditions may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, 10-month-per-year tenure-track position. Teaching assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.
Complete terms of employment may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.
Fully-paid employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents; and life, disability, and long-term care insurance. All full-time faculty are enrolled in STRS (State Teachers Retirement System).