Assistant Professor of Human Services and Psychology
The Assistant Professor of Human Services and Psychology is a full-time non-tenure track, 10 month, faculty position in the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. Reporting to the Human Services Department Chair, the position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses, remote and online, as needed.
National Louis University (NLU) is focused on developing undergraduate degrees that are highly relevant within the field of study. As such, we are looking for a practitioner and educator who understands the knowledge, skills, and attributes that students must acquire to become competitively prepared for the workplace. In addition, we are interested in adding an individual that has a strong professional network of Human Services practitioners to help expose our students to real world experiences.
Who we are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build a new Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) focused on building academic pathways and providing holistic student support to ensure students are successfully employed in a field of their choosing upon graduation. We believe we are not successful unless students achieve sustainable employment and experience economic mobility associated with their educational investment. Our undergraduate majors serve first time freshmen as well as adult and transfer students in blended and online delivery formats – on and off campus.
We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students – but we know this is not enough. Accordingly, we measure our success by their ability to achieve meaningful, sustainable employment upon graduation from NLU. As a result, we have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student focused, professionally-focused, expects excellence, and provides personalized support in a data-driven environment. These key tenets are grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation for quality growth and development.
Who you are:
You are: You are Ready to Prepare the Next Generation in your Field.
You have made a demonstrated impact on individuals, families, and/or communities in non-profit, private, corporate, faith-based, government, or community organization settings. You have experience providing direct services to clients in the discipline of human services and/or psychology. Ideally, you have demonstrated teaching excellence in a higher education setting as an adjunct or full-time faculty. You will ensure the delivery of a career-relevant curriculum that provides real world experiences to help prepare students for their careers in the field.
You are: Driven to Succeed.
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that typically includes many first-generation students and those that face many personal challenges. To be successful in this position, you must be committed to leading and demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning. The position requires you to be agile, creative and engaging while offering new curriculum pathways and providing a career relevant, unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students.
You will: Offer Best-in-Class Teaching and Learning.
You will teach 7-8 courses during the Academic Year. You believe that your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds. Each term, you will facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of faculty, success coaches/advisors, career advisors, employer relations managers, and data analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will support students with meeting the professional goals that they have for themselves, while celebrating the lived experiences they bring to the classroom, focusing on growth mindset, increasing non-cognitive skill development, and nurturing academic confidence.
You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to achieve success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together. Student mastery of learning outcomes, persistence to graduation, and employment are our top key performance indicators and our shared responsibility in the Undergraduate College, and your work will empower students to achieve these outcomes.
UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE CORE VALUES
- Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
- Expect Excellence: Maintain high expectations for our students and for the faculty that teach in the program by holding ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
- Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond. Connect students with their career interests and provide opportunities to engage in professional environments.
- Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Collaborate with faculty and coaches to utilize real-time data and technology to adapt instruction to student needs.
- Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of curriculum, instruction and the student experience.
Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
- Teach courses as assigned, 7-8 per year in a blended format in Chicago and Wheeling campuses primarily during the day and Lisle in the evening.
- Collaborate with Instructional, Success Coaching, and Career Services teams to develop an effective student experience for students.
- Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.
- Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
- Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.
- Communicate professionally and relate well.
- Participate in faculty professional development activities.
Service to the Institution
- Contribute to a learning culture by participating on committees, supporting local campus events such as clubs, orientation, and graduation, and participating in various other workshops and meetings.
- Promote the major and career outcomes to internal and external stakeholders in order to achieve recruitment targets, student retention goals, and maintain high graduation rates.
- Assist in recruiting external partners to expand internship and career opportunities for our students.
Experience, Skills and Competencies:
- Minimum of three years of relevant full-time professional experience;
- Preferred: Demonstrated record of teaching excellence in a university or college setting;
- Demonstrated ability to work with racially, culturally and economically diverse colleagues and students;
- Commitment to student success, student professional growth, effective professional advising, and experiential education;
- Experience using data for improvement purposes;
- Evidence of engagement and service to the field; and
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Master’s degree in Human Services, Psychology, or related field.
- Preferred: Earned PhD in the discipline or related field.