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 Adjunct Psychology Professor
Institution/Organization: Northcentral University
Job Location: Arizona, U.S.A.
Job Types: Visiting, Other
Contact Person: Bradley Dial
Date Posted: September 12th, 2018
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What We Are Looking For

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology, is seeking an Adjunct Professor in the following areas of specialization(s): Health Psychology, or Forensic Psychology, or Industrial or Organizational Psychology, or Developmental Psychology, or General psychology from a regionally accredited institution.

Adjunct faculty members teach courses within a programmatic core discipline as assigned, guide doctoral candidates through doctoral dissertation requirements (as Chair or committee member), and teach doctoral courses. Primary responsibility is to engage students, offer excellent feedback, and inspire students to achieve course and program outcomes relevant to the core discipline. This position works closely with other faculty teaching in the discipline, Associate Director of Faculty Support and Development, Department Chair, and Dean.

Essential Functions

The role of Professor includes teaching courses within a programmatic core discipline as assigned, curriculum development, acting as a Dissertation Chair and/or acting as a Dissertation Committee Member.

Measuring Performance

Specific performance standards for teaching include, but are not limited to:

Professor will email/record and post a welcome letter to their assigned students one week prior to the start of course, when feasible, but always within the first week of the course.
Professor will record and post a video introduction which will be placed in each course.
Professor will answer all student emails within two calendar days which is likely to require responding over weekends. The exception to this requirement is if the Professor is on PTO or when there is a holiday observed by the University.
Communication with students will take place within the University learning management system (LMS), University-designated systems and through University assigned email.
Professor will contact Student Services (by use of designated means) in the LMS as soon as a Professor determines a student is not actively participating in the course.
Professor will contact a student by email and a phone call to encourage re-engagement in the course as soon as Professor determines a student is not actively participating in the course.
Professor will return work in a timely manner. Weekly assignments should be returned to the student with meaningful and appropriate feedback (specific return guidelines are provided within each course syllabus). Exceptions to this policy may, in rare instances, be approved by the Dean.
As technologically supported by the platform, Professor will host no less than two one-hour synchronous office hour sessions per week. Office hours will be posted in each course.
Professor will provide quality feedback to students. Quality feedback includes but is not limited to:
substantive and reflect a content focus.
impart knowledge, share resources and dialogue with students.
include track changes of edits to proper use of mechanics.
include a summative statement at the beginning or end of document with key observations.
communicate in a manner and with language reflecting support of the student.
If Professor fulfills all or a portion of their load serving as a Dissertation Chair or Dissertation Committee Member, Professor will:
complete NCU Doctoral Student Experience Training (and other training as required).
follow dissertation guidelines.
adhere to timelines required of chairs and committee members.
be available to students and fellow committee members for synchronous meetings when needed.


Professor is expected to meet the University's requirements for scholarship as articulated in the Faculty Handbook. Professor is encouraged to apply for the various initiatives the University funds to promote research and scholarship. Professor will:

Maintain a record of scholarly activities befitting a doctoral granting institution.
Contribute to the body of knowledge of their discipline.

Compliance with University Policies

Part-time Adjunct Professors are expected to know, acknowledge, and compy with University policies as stated in the Team Member Handbook and Faculty Handbook.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Skill in verbal and written communication.
Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer, fax, copier, phone systems.
Ability to handle a diversity of details in order to make informed and responsive decisions on matters that impact the Adjunct Professors, and students.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governing body regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
Demonstrated writing skills.
Experience with the online delivery of education and the systems that support it.
Willingness to participate in trial use of new technologies and integrate new technologies into teaching.
Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Skill in using or eagerness to learn to use multiple technologies to teach and communicate with students (learning management systems, Skype, etc.).
Demonstrated mastery of APA style.
Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applications in the Microsoft Office suite.

Education and Experience

Doctorate degree in Psychology with a focus on Health Psychology, or Forensic Psychology, or Industrial or Organizational Psychology, or Developmental Psychology, or General psychology from a regionally accredited institution.
Minimum two (2) years of direct teaching experience at the Master and/or Doctoral level.
Three to five (3-5) years of professional and/or research experience in the content area.
Research-based, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article publications preferred.
Excellent skills in teaching online, a passion for teaching, and a commitment to learning to Teaching Through Feedback.
Curriculum development experience required.
Experience in higher education preferred.
Experience working in a technology-driven enterprise preferred.
All skills, abilities and education will be considered for minimum qualifications.

Working Conditions

This position operates in a remote, home office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.

Faculty at Northcentral University

Northcentral faculty teach one-to-one, faculty-to-student, following a Teaching Through Feedback (TTF) pedagogy (see our Feedback Guide), in which faculty build relationships with each student and teach primarily through their feedback on student work. TTF is Northcentral’s approach to transforming students into professionals and scholars who possess the skills, knowledge, and dispositions identified in their Program Learning Outcomes, graduate, and, as the NCU mission states, “become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.”

Northcentral faculty members are expected to be current in their disciplines and highly dedicated to teaching.

Northcentral is committed to providing all students with direct feedback and personal contact with faculty so that students can meet learning outcomes.

Northcentral educates students year round, as an alternative to traditional semester or quarter systems. Full-time faculty carry loads of 50-60 students. Northcentral students do not take classes in a group; 50-60 students in individual courses is the equivalent of a full teaching load at a land-based university (e.g. 3-4 courses).

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. (Visa sponsorship not available).

No agencies or recruiters, please.

Who We Are

Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally-relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university. As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy. NCU utilizes a one-to-one learning model—one student is paired with a professor in each course—to create a more personalized, individual experience for students enhanced by their professors’ real-world experience. NCU professors all hold doctoral degrees, and none of our programs have residency requirements, allowing access to students no matter where they live.

Additionally, with the exception of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences, within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, all of NCU’s programs are delivered 100% online.

With administrative offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Diego, California, as well as students, alumni and faculty in more than 50 countries, NCU is an excellent choice for professionals around the world who share our passion for excellence. We envision growth trends to continue, and eagerly seek highly-credentialed and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

Are you ready to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join a growing team of passionate individuals who work together to help others fulfill their dreams through higher education?

Apply today!

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