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Assistant Professor, Psychology

Springfield Technical Community College
Massachusetts, United States
Not specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2019

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About Springfield Technical Community College :

Located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and founded in 1967, Springfield Technical Community College is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequaled in the state.  Biotechnology, IT Security, Laser Electro-Optics, Nursing, Robotics, Sonography, Telecommunications and dozens of other career programs produce potential employees each year.  STCC's highly-regarded transfer programs in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology continue to provide the most economical option for students pursuing a four-year degree.  With an annual enrollment of 7,400 day, evening, weekend and online students, S.T.C.C. is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.

Job Description:


STCC seeks an Assistant Professor of Psychology with a specific focus on teaching Psychology Research Methods, and brings specific knowledge and understanding of Cognitive Psychology (which includes memory, sensation and perception, learning, reasoning, language use).  This faculty member brings leadership to the Applied Psychology program, and provides guidance to students with appreciation for dynamic pedagogy, and a diverse student body.  Embracing technology for teaching is essential, and it is understood that significant creativity in and outside of the classroom will lend itself to student success.

The Assistant Professor encourages students to explore deeper thinking by employing teaching practices such as self-reflection, critical thinking, writing, and project-based learning.  Student assessment is done using a variety of methods that draw upon success illustrated by psychology research: writing assignments with a strong drafting process; presentations; civic engagement; and portfolios.  The ideal candidate will be flexible and possess the ability to respond to the dynamic changes occurring in higher education.  The individual will help champion transfer pathways to Psychology and Applied Social Science Bachelor's degree options.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching Research Methods
  • Teaching additional Psychology courses, including Cognitive Psychology, and General Psychology 
  • Advise students in their educational planning with a focus on transfer
  • Assist the college to meet its student retention goals by engaging in program/degree review; focusing on pedagogy, including developing applied learning opportunities; and working with student support services
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues in the Social Science department and colleagues in other disciplines, in order to ensure that opportunities for student learning are expanded, and the mission and goals of the School of Liberal and Professional Studies and the college are being met.  
  • Assisting colleagues in developing and implementing program initiatives and changes, and attending all scheduled department, and college meetings.
  • Demonstrating community engagement at both the college and local levels
  • Taking part in the construction and implementation of new learning initiatives
  • Sharing pedagogical approaches with other colleagues


  • Master's degree in Psychology
  • Teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated creativity with culturally relevant, and research-informed, pedagogy
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing classroom technology, online learning, and student-centered learning techniques
  • Interdisciplinary teaching, writing assessment, commitment to college service activities, experience
  • Ability to communicate and work with the College's diverse student population

Supervision: Dean of Liberal and Professional Studies

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Duties normally performed in a classroom/lab environment.    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.   Must be able to remain stationary and move about inside an office, classroom or lab.    Must be able to operate or use computer, office machinery, copier, calculator etc.    This person frequently communicates with students, employees or the community. Must be able to exchange accurate information in various situations


STCC conducts a pre-employment screening on specified positions, which may include, but is not limited to, a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and/or Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check, National Background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment screening (i.e. physical and drug screening) as a condition of employment.  

Application Instructions:

APPLY TO:         All applicants must apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to


The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information maternity leave, military service and national origin ("protected class(s)/classification(s)." Further, this policy prohibits retaliation and incorporates by reference, and where applicable, the requirements of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967; Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994; Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149; directives of the BHE, the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and other applicable local, state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and executive orders.


STCC's personnel and academic decisions, programs and policies are formulated and conducted in a manner which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination. As part of this effort, a College will ensure that employment and academic decisions, programs and policies will be based solely on the individual eligibility, merit or fitness of applicants, employees and students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military service, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or political or union affiliation.   

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