Psychology Instructor

Niagara Community College

Job Description

General Description
SUNY Niagara is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our college as a Psychology Instructor in our Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division. Located between the majestic Niagara Falls and the vibrant city of Buffalo, SUNY Niagara serves a diverse student population. With a commitment to academic excellence and student success, SUNY Niagara offers a supportive and collaborative environment for both faculty and staff.

In addition to teaching assignments, the instructor will be responsible for student advisement, assessment of learning objectives, and participation in divisional and college activities. The teaching load is 15 credit hours per semester which will be comprised of primarily face-to-face instruction on campus so the the instructor will be required to be on campus every day. Teaching assignments may be during day, evening, or weekend hours. In addition, the instructor will be responsible for attending regular meetings on campus and participating in meetings and committee functions on campus.

Classes are held on the main campus in Sanborn, NY, as well as the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls, NY. The Instructor must be able to attend face-to-face meetings, professional development, and other obligations on the Sanborn campus.

Classes are three lecture hours per week during days and/or evenings. Modes of instruction include face-to-face, face-to-face enhanced, asynchronously online, blended synchronous online, hybrid, and/or hyflex (face-to-face, synchronous Zoom, and asynchronous online). Courses currently offered by the department include Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Teaching and Learning, and Methods of Scientific Inquiry.

The start date of this position will be August 29, 2024 for the beginning of the Fall 2024 semester.

The successful candidate will only be required to work 162 days per academic year (August – May), and will be provided with a winter break from mid-December to early January, a Spring Break for one week in mid-March, and will work until the Spring semester ends in Mid-May (not required to work in June, July, and most of August).
In addition to the base salary, there is the potential for overload and other assignments, which would increase the base salary. There is also a pathway for promotion to higher level salary positions (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor).

SUNY Niagara also provides phenomenal benefits. Please visit to view our benefits offerings. NCCC’s exceptional work environment fosters growth and personal fulfillment. As an employee, you can expect:
Work-Life Balance: When employees can balance their work and personal lives, they are happier, more productive, and better positioned to support our students.
Professional Growth: NCCC cares about employees’ professional advancement and development. You will have access to ongoing training, programs, and workshops. We support career growth and encourage employees to pursue further education.
Welcoming Culture: NCCC values the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as they create a sense of belonging for our students and employees. We foster a collaborative culture that respects and appreciates different perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds which contribute to the richness of our institution. We believe that our diverse, inclusive community enriches the experiences of students and employees alike.
Meaningful Work: At NCCC, your work will directly impact the lives of our students and the region we serve. Our college is for all who are passionate about teaching and focused on supporting students. Our small class sizes facilitate engagement. You will shape students’ futures, prepare them for successful careers, and empower them to contribute to society. Your dedication and expertise will propel students to achieve their educational goals.
Become part of an institution that values employees, positively impacts students’ lives, and invests in its community.

Typical Work Activities
    • Provide instruction with the focus on teaching and learning to help ensure students in each class successfully meet all course outcomes and classroom objectives
    • Ensure appropriate course-level rigor in class instruction and assessment methodologies. Development, integration, and delivery of course content planning documents including, but not limited to, syllabi, lesson plans, and assessments.
    • Establish and maintain a classroom climate consistent with the SUNY Niagara mission and vision.


Professional Development
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of teaching discipline/field of study as evidenced by active participation in professional organizations, maintenance of current scholarly collection of resources, and engagement in active, on-going dialogue with peer faculty.
  • Participate in faculty development opportunities, including program-specific and campus-wide faculty meetings.

Administrative duties
  • Meet requirements for creation, distribution, and retention and/or submission of beginning- and end-of-term paperwork.
  • Participate in curriculum monitoring and development process by providing feedback on curriculum to Program Coordinator and/or the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Attend required College functions including program meetings, graduation, and special activities.
  • Participate in campus-wide initiatives in support of retention and graduation goal attainment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the AVP of Academic Affairs

Essential Functions
Ability to navigate relationships with a diverse population. Ability to advise students for classes, transfer options, and career opportunities in the field. Ability to be an active member in the division and serve on committees representing the division. Ability to speak in front of groups of people. Ability to actively involve and engage students in their own learning. Must be able to communicate effectively with students, co-workers, supervisors, and the campus community. Must be able to develop, prepare and present information. Must be technologically adept. Must be able to physically perform the duties of the position and must adjust any teaching to the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions. Must be able to develop new course offerings, as necessary

Required Qualifications
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts or Science degree in Psychology or related field.
  • Must have at least one year of experience providing face-to-face instruction at the college level.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Psychology.
  • Work experience in the field.
  • Experience with classroom technologies.
  • More than one year of experience providing face to face instruction at the college level
  • Experience with learning management system such as Brightspace.
  • Online teaching experience
  • Experience conducting academic advisement
  • Evidence of successful teaching of non-traditional students.


About SUNY Niagara
SUNY Niagara is a thriving educational institution located between the picturesque landscapes of Niagara Falls and the vibrant city of Buffalo, NY. Our college serves a diverse student population and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment. With a commitment to academic excellence and student success, SUNY Niagara offers a supportive and collaborative environment for both faculty and staff.
SUNY Niagara is an accredited institution of higher education that offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates that are supported by outstanding student services. The top 4 majors of our students are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. In 2023, SUNY Niagara ranked #1 in graduation rate among community colleges in New York State!
SUNY Niagara provides a variety of cultural, athletic, social, and international experiences, as well as community education, small business, and workforce development that supports economic development that positively impacts the quality of life of valued stakeholders. The college operates through a collegial model of shared governance and transparency and is accountable for meeting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

SUNY Niagara has two locations in western New York consisting of 287 acres and 11 buildings. The Sanborn, campus is minutes from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the Canadian border and is centrally located between the county’s three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. The Sanborn campus offers a traditional college experience with world-class academics, knowledgeable faculty members, state-of-the-art classrooms, NJCAA athletics, and on-campus housing. We continue to invest in our facilities with the addition of the Learning Commons Center, which has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services. We also modernized our campus dining commons, providing quality meal options in a sleek, comfortable, collaborative environment.
The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is located in the heart of one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, Niagara Falls. Fully outfitted with modern labs and tools for students to use as they train in both classic and trendy techniques, NFCI is home to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs. The college also operates Savor, a fine dining restaurant, and La Patisserie, a European-style pastry café, at NFCI.

Our college nurtures and empowers its students and employees in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. SUNY Niagara welcomes applicants who want to join a leading regional institution that provides a dynamic, educational environment, responds to students’ current and emerging needs, and strengthens its community. At SUNY Niagara we embrace diversity and promote inclusion throughout the institution by recognizing, accepting, and celebrating differences within our campus and surrounding communities. Therefore, we desire and pursue candidates who share those principles and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

EEO Statement
SUNY Niagara does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Special Instructions Summary
For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 28, 2024. If a viable candidate is not found during the initial review, applications submitted after April 28, 2024 will be considered.

Niagara County Community College considers only those applications that clearly demonstrate the applicant meets all required qualifications as indicated on the posting, please review the qualifications before applying. Persons meeting the required qualifications as stated above should submit the following:

  • cover letter that addresses each of the qualifications
  • resume
  • unofficial transcripts
  • names and contact information for three (3) current, work related references

Incomplete packets will be rejected for lack of information.

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