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Full-Time Faculty, Psychology Instructor Tenure-Track

Whatcom Community College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Full Time Tenure Track Faculty Psychology Instructor

Whatcom Community College (WCC) is looking for candidates who strive to achieve WCC’s core themes – achieving success, building community, advancing equity, and enhancing effectiveness – to create a thriving learning community that supports excellence, opportunity, and equity for students, faculty, and staff. WCC is focused on building a community of respect, sustainability and inclusivity through secure, welcoming, and engaging learning environments that encourage and support the academic and personal success of WCC students. Understanding this work is a lifelong process, the opportunities at WCC offer individuals the ability and means to seek personal and professional growth on and off campus in an area known for its beauty and culture. 


Being a faculty member at Whatcom offers the opportunity to engage in the advancement of equitable student outcomes and the elimination of equity gaps. Faculty have regular opportunities for on-campus professional development, collaboration with colleagues, and engagement in workshops and learning communities. These opportunities contribute to professional advancement at the College, as well as personal growth.

The successful candidate:

  • Integrates diversity, equity and inclusion throughout services and practices.
  • Demonstrates content knowledge in psychology, teaching, and learning.
  • Uses student centered, inclusive pedagogy with innovative and inclusive curriculum, and teaching methods.
  • Engages in collaborative communication, practices, and activities with internal and external stakeholders.

College faculty teach an equivalent of 15 credits per quarter and contribute to the College through committee service and program leadership and development. The psychology department prepares students for transfer, workforce, or continued education in psychology. 

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach all levels of psychology courses offered at Whatcom, which may include online and hybrid courses,
  • create, revise, and maintain curriculum to the highest standards in the field,
  • maintain current knowledge in the field and in the scholarship of teaching and learning, collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators to promote the future vision and scope of the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Psychology from an accredited institution.
  • Evidence of experience teaching psychology with an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Evidence of strong interest in undergraduate psychology curriculum that involves student-centered instruction.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to do the following:
  • Effectively teach General Psychology.
  • Develop curriculum and effectively teach in at least one of the following areas of interest: biopsychology, multicultural psychology, research methods.
  • Incorporate culturally relevant course content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging students who are diverse and/or students who are historically underserved.
  • Use a variety of teaching methods, various forms of technology based/supported instruction, and evidence-based instructional approaches
  • Integrate learning outcomes or objectives within course curriculum, course design and assessments.
  • Experience working with grants, contracts, or other alternative project funding opportunities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication abilities with students and colleagues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Universal Design for Learning and accessibility.
  • Experience using a learning management system, preferably Canvas.

Salary and Appointment: 

  • The 2021-22 Master’s degree salary begins at $62,536 (additional degrees, experience, and state-funded and negotiated increases will increase the actual starting salary); 174 day annual contract. 

  • Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14, state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.

Benefit Package:

The position comes with a full benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.  Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.
  • Full-time employees may qualify for Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefit.

Start Date:

  • Fall 2022.

Application Due Date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by Friday, April 22th, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Position open until filled.
A completed application consists of an online application and:
  • Letter of application detailing relevant experience and how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position.
  • Diversity statement that responds to the following question (1 page max).

Whatcom Community College has a strategic plan core theme to advance equity. Describe ways in which you have actively engaged and demonstrated a commitment to promoting the success of diverse students or employees.

  • Current resume.
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official transcripts required prior to the official start date.
  • List of five recent professional references with contact information.
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