VACANCY: Psychology and Sociology Faculty, Wayne State College

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Wayne State College is seeking a Psychology and Sociology Faculty Member.

The ideal candidate will be broadly trained in Psychology as a scholar and educator, and who is capable and willing to teach a range of courses that might include the following: General Psychology (introductory and general studies course); Lifespan Development; Social Psychology; Theories of Personality; Cognitive Psychology; Experimental Psychology; and other courses including graduate level and social science methods courses. The ideal candidate will also be able to teach through multiple instructional modalities, will understand the importance of an LMS, will engage in student progress monitoring, and is willing to do so reflectively and with student achievement as a goal. In addition, the successful candidate should be willing to work creatively and collegially with faculty in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Counseling, and other affinity-based programs. The successful candidate will be able to mentor and advise students from psychology and other affinity-based programs through our undergraduate programs and into related industries and graduate programs. The successful candidate will have an appreciation for the importance of presence on campus, even in this post-COVID reality.

Desired start date Fall 2023.

Nature of Work: 

Responsible for providing instruction in accordance with the philosophy and objectives of the College.

Examples of work performed: 1. Contribute to students’ academic growth and development, which includes all of the following.

  • A. Teaching, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Have knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject
    • Maintain competence in the assigned field of specialization and exhibit professional competence in the classroom, studio, or laboratory
    • Maintain a classroom environment conducive to learning
    • Maintain respect for the student and the student’s posture as a learner
    • Organize course and subject matter to acquaint all students with the course requirements including specific objectives and methods of evaluation
    • Organize course presentations through short-term and long-range outcomes
    • Present abstract ideas and theories clearly
    • Conduct classroom presentations and activities utilizing methods appropriate to reach students of varying educational/experiential backgrounds and learning styles
    • Actively engage students in lectures, discussions, or laboratories
    • Coordinate handouts, video, and/or online materials, and/or articles to update course content
    • Incorporate new methodologies in teaching and technology into classes
    • Encourage student to think for themselves
    • Be flexible and innovative with teaching styles and approaches, as appropriate to the class
    • Be reliable in meeting scheduled responsibilities
    • Be accessible to students; post and maintain office hours
    • Provide regular and timely assessment of student progress
    • Be fair in examinations and grading
    • Participate in program assessment and catalog revisions
    • Periodically evaluate and develop new courses, where necessary, revise and update existing courses to maintain relevant and current content.
    • Participate in program review and updating requirements
  • B. Advising students, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Be knowledgeable about college policies and program requirements
    • Help students plan programs of study
    • Provide students with advice on academic issues and career counseling, tutoring, and other academic support resources
    • Assist in the development, implementation, and assessment of the departmental enrollment management plan, including serving directly in student recruitment, retention, and success strategies
    • Schedule and maintain availability for student advising
    • Establish and maintain timely communication with advisees
    • Provide leadership and supervision for student organizations and activities

2. Professional achievement and continual preparation and study through scholarly and creative activity will vary according to the field, examples of which may include the following:

  • A. Participate in academic organizations related to teaching assignment
  • B. Give scholarly presentations, workshops, or performances
  • C. Produce scholarly materials such as original or applied research, manuscripts, articles, book reviews, musical arrangements, or works of art
  • D. Engage in appropriate professional development to enhance performance as faculty member
  • E. Seek external funding through approved grant and contract work related to discipline, as appropriate and assigned
  • F. Provide evidence of achievement within and significance of contributions to field
  • G. Provide evidence of quality and originality of thought or work and breadth and depth of perspective
  • H. Be willing and able to continue individual development and professional productivity as a member of the faculty.

3. Professional services rendered outside the academic discipline in ways other than teaching that contribute to the work of the College vary from individual to individual. Service to the college and community, and profession related to the professional assignment includes the following:

  • A. Participate in campus and community presentations
  • B. Serve on discipline, department, school, and campus-wide committees and initiatives
  • C. Take an active role in discipline, departmental, and school accreditation and reaccreditation activities, as appropriate and as assigned
  • D. Periodically evaluate and develop new courses, where necessary, consistent with the role and mission of the institution, school, and department
  • E. Sponsor student organizations, as appropriate and assigned, and participate in student-based activities
  • F. Provide leadership in professional organizations and/or good citizenship in the community at large
  • G. Foster and sustain collegial relations with campus, community, and profession

Secondary Duties: Other duties as assigned by Dean

Required Qualifications: 

Master’s Degree is required; earned Doctorate preferred. Earned Doctorate is required for tenure.

Wayne State College has been educating students for more than 100 years. Located in Northeast Nebraska, close to Sioux City, Iowa, and within a two-hour drive to Sioux Falls, Omaha and Lincoln, the College is one of the most dynamic, regional public colleges in the Midwest. One of three members of the Nebraska State College System, the College distinguishes itself by providing educational excellence in a small, personalized setting. The beautiful 128-acre campus serves over 3,900 students who have a choice of more than 130 programs of study. In fall 2020, the College welcomed the second largest freshmen class in its history, driven by new academic programs and partnerships, updated and new facilities, and a continuing focus on supporting students with generous scholarships in their academic and co-curricular experiences. Wayne State has been the recipient of a number of awards, honors, and distinctions due to its commitment to service, student success, and providing an exceptional education at an affordable cost. The entire community is focused on making Wayne State a great place for students to thrive and advance their futures, and there is a collective sense of excitement about the future of the College.

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