Mar 17, 2023

Psychology Instructor

  • Yakima Valley College
  • Yakima, WA, USA
Full time Other

Job Description




invites applications for the position of:


Psychology Instructor


SALARY:            $69,787.00 - $77,095.00 Annually


OPENING DATE:      03/16/2023

CLOSING DATE:   04/15/2023


Are you passionate about increasing student success in Psychology? Do you want to work side by side with colleagues who are leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? Can you envision yourself challenging and being challenged to find innovative ways to address persistent achievement gaps in general education courses? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the faculty ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. We are an innovative and equity- focused college, dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.


Our Mission Statement:


As a federally designated Hispanic-serving Institution residing on the traditional homelands of the 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima Valley College cultivates equity and a culture of innovative and inclusive teaching and learning.

Yakima Valley College serves all students holistically, supports all students’ learning goals, and fosters achievement within career and educational pathways.

We strengthen our communities by providing opportunities for personal enrichment, economic mobility, and sociocultural engagement.


Yakima Valley College seeks an innovative Psychology Instructor, who is active and accomplished in his or her discipline, has a record of successful teaching or related experience, is committed to students and their success, and works actively to close the achievement gaps for underrepresented students. Candidates should have at least three years of clinical experience that includes collaborative integration of mental health and physical health and will demonstrate the strong promise of becoming a contributing member of the Arts and Sciences Division.


YVC offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and encourages eLearning, cooperative learning and use of technology in the classroom. All faculty are engaged in the assessment of college goals and purposes.


This is a full-time, non-tenure track (special faculty) position that reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The anticipated start date is September 2023.





  •    Earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Psychology
  •    Successful completion of significant undergraduate coursework in psychology
  •    Clinical experience that includes integration of mental and physical health
  •    Successful demonstrated teaching experience



  • Experience teaching at the college level
  • Experience or interest in teaching populations diverse in age, culture, and ethnicity
  • Experience leading efforts to increase student success in Psychology, including closing achievement gaps between demographic groups
  • Experience or interest in using a variety of classroom methodologies and modalities (e.g. assessment, collaborative learning, interactive teaching, e-learning, learning communities)
  • Demonstrated ability to adopt teaching methods/styles that support successful leaning appropriate to the student population at Yakima Valley College.
  • Experience and/or evidence of willingness to work as part of the college community (e.g. committees, college activities)
  • Experience or interest in curriculum development and assessment




The primary responsibility of the instructor shall be to teach foundational Psychology classes as needed by the district. Other aspects of the position include:


  • Demonstration of student-centered values consistent with the student-focused teaching
  • Availability for student consultation outside of class
  • Development of departmental curriculum
  • Participation in campus-wide committees
  • Participation in college-wide registration and advising
  • Commitment to systematic classroom, department, and college assessment and improvement



 Application Instructions:


To apply for this position, you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application, and include the following REQUIRED attachments:


A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted)

A current resume (a resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the online application)

Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional) Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree (if minimum qualifications require a degree). The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at time of hire

Certifications/Credentials as required for fulfillment of the minimum qualifications


Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification.

 Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online application.

Those applicants invited to interview will be required to give a 15-minute teaching demonstration to the committee of one of the following topics found within a traditional introductory psychology text:


Research methods

Learning theory

Sensation and perception

Candidates may be subject to a Criminal History Background Check as a condition for consideration of employment


"In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification from upon hire."


Yakima Valley Community College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. All inquiries regarding compliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resource Services, YVCC, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902; or call 509.574.4670.


Applicants with the disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible.


All positions are subject to funding.

Psychology Instructor Supplemental Questionnaire


1. Please describe how your previous education, training, and/or professional experience(s) will help create and promote an equitable campus climate at Yakima Valley College?



Required Question


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