Psychology/Social Science Instructor

Position will remain open until filled

Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846 620-276-7611



  • A master's degree in Psychology/Sociology or possession of a master's degree with 18 graduate level credit hours in psychology or sociology education.

Strong preference will be given to those candidates who establish the highest level of professional competency as evidenced by:

  • Community college teaching experience at multiple skill levels, including hybrid and online classes.
  • Experience teaching Psychology/Sociology in other than community college settings.
  • Ability to motivate and teach students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of computer assisted learning strategies in Psychology/Sociology.
  • Commitment to the discipline through involvement in professional organizations and activities.

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand and sit for extended periods; speak and hear clearly in group settings and at distances of 30 feet; maintain physical mobility, alertness, and composure; utilize appropriate presentation materials and equipment; and transport self and equipment to various campus/community/area sites as needed.

Faculty Profile Personal and Professional Qualities:

  • Strong commitment to quality teaching, student learning and academic excellence.
  • Learner-centered, able to lead the learning process, to inspire, motivate, and help students to succeed.
  • Appreciation and respect for the student role, contribution and responsibility in the learning process.
  • Commitment to develop learning outcomes and design alternative approaches to learning.
  • Ability and willingness to apply knowledge of academic or occupational areas in designing strategies related to learning outcomes.
  • Commitment to integrate new technologies and strategies into the learning process.
  • Commitment to using technologies and instructional support resources to address unique needs of each learner.
  • Intellectual and ethical qualities which evoke confidence and respect.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, openness to change, willingness to experiment and innovate.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds and needs of community college students.
  • Commitment to continuing education and professional development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Psychology/Social Science Instructor

This is a full-time, 172-day contract position under the direction of the appropriate Division Leader, Dean of Academics, and the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. The primary assignment is to provide instructional services and learning facilitation for students in the Social Science Division by offering Psychology/Sociology and/or related courses.

This assignment includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Teaching assigned day and/or evening courses using lecture, lab, hands-on demonstration, cooperative learning, and other methods in on-campus or at off-campus outreach locations. Courses are offered in accordance with established standards and course syllabi.
  • Providing individual and small group facilitation of learning, diagnostic assessment of students, and identification of appropriate learning materials.
  • Participating in course and curriculum design, student advisement, program review, and college committees as required to maintain and to improve the learning program.
  • Participating in the operation of computer and other labs and providing direction and help to students and student assistants.
  • Remaining current in subject matter and in the techniques most effective to promote student learning.
  • Participating in staff and college meetings and contributing through appropriate committee assignments.
  • Performing other relevant tasks as assigned.

Employment Conditions


Based on the minimum and/or desirable qualifications. Placement on the salary schedule is based on verification of experience, relevant degrees and upper division/graduate course work.

Extensive Benefit Package

  • Health care/hospitalization coverage for employees and eligible dependents (up to $425.00 paid monthly by Trustees toward premium cost). Two BCBS plans to choose from, each with a limited dental program.
  • $15,000 group term life insurance for full-time college employees paid by Trustees.
  • Paid sick leave - 12 days annually, accumulates to 90 days total.
  • Retirement coverage through Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).
  • TIAA-CREF 403-b employer retirement plan.
  • Free GCCC tuition for employee, spouse and minor dependents.
  • Free pass for employee, spouse and immediate family members to most college-sponsored events.
  • IRS Section 125 cafeteria salary reduction plan to purchase nontaxable health insurance, medical expense reimbursement, and dependent care reimbursement.
  • Free use of wellness facilities for employee.

Term of Employment

This is a full-time position, 172-day faculty contract, bargaining unit position, beginning with the Fall Semester of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Selection Process:

The screening committee will conduct all minimum qualification appraisals as set forth on the vacancy notice and reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the time and place of the interview. Interviews are usually conducted on the Garden City Community College campus by an interview committee. Additional interviews and/or teaching demonstrations may be required. Travel costs related to all interviews will be borne by the applicant.

For more information, please contact:

Emily Clouse
Director of Human Resources
Ph. 620-276-0362

Application Process:

Application and information are available at www.gcccks.edu or contact:

Human Resources
Garden City Community College
801 Campus Drive
Garden City, KS 67846
(620) 276-0362; FAX (620) 276-9573

Email: hr@gcccks.edu

Applications must be completed in detail and clearly show that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as set forth in the vacancy notice.

Each applicant must submit an application package, which includes the following:

  • Letter of application, not to exceed five pages, which briefly states how applicant specifically fits the Faculty Profile of Personal and Professional Qualities and demonstrates past use of these qualities.
  • Completed college application
  • Completed application at www.hrepartners.com
  • Detailed resume summarizing educational preparation and experience.
  • Copies of all collegiate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable for selection process).
  • Up to three current professional reference letters or a placement file containing up to three letters of recommendation. Letters must be no more than two years old, signed and dated, and from persons having first-hand knowledge of applicant's professional qualities. Letters should address how the applicant's qualifications and experience relate to the position.

Please submit only requested materials

Only applications that are complete and fully address how the applicant meets ALL minimum qualifications will be considered for possible interview.

The college retains all materials submitted in the application process. Failure to submit all required application materials will result in the applicant not being considered for the position. Submission of application and related materials is the applicant's responsibility.

All application materials are subject to verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

Application materials become the property of Garden City Community College and will not be returned. Application files for this position will not be considered for future openings.

Current employees should be aware that materials from their personnel files will not be included as part of the application packet, and they should therefore provide information on past and present employment in the same degree of detail as any other applicant.

About the College:

The College

Established in 1919, Garden City Community College serves more than 48,000 residents in seven counties of rural southwest Kansas. It is a comprehensive community college which enrolls more than 2,300 credit students (1,260 FTE) on its main campus and at eight outreach locations each semester, and an additional 1,000 students in its non-credit Finney County Community Learning Center programs at two additional off-campus locations. The 230-member full-time staff includes approximately 70 full-time faculty members in the academic transfer and technical programs. The college employs an additional 200 to 250 part-time staff, adjunct faculty and work-study students on campus and at the outreach locations.

GCCC funds instruction in five academic/transfer divisions and a technical division, as well as a wide variety of instructional support and student services activities. The college supports vigorous cultural, arts and multisport athletic programs, and offers on-campus residential living for more than 300 students.


Garden City Community College offers lower division courses for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities, occupational and technical courses for students who strive to gain competence in employment skills, and general education courses for all students to provide an awareness of the ideas and ideals of our diverse cultural heritage.

The college offers extensive continuing education and learning support services programs which include Business and Industry, continuing education, community service, adult education, library and comprehensive learning center. Technical offerings including programs in John Deere Agriculture Technology, Ammonia Refrigeration, Industrial Production Technology, Automotive Technology, Nursing, Police Science, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Science, as well as programs in office occupations, agronomy, animal science, wood production technology and a variety of computer applications.

Equal Opportunity

Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants, employees or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit reasons, or handicap, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated, in its employment practices and/or educational programs or activities. Those concerned about the above should contact Emily Clouse, Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9574.

ADA/Equal Access

Garden City Community College is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is committed to equal and reasonable access to facilities and programs for all employees, students and visitors. Those with ADA concerns, or who need special accommodations, should contact Melanie Hands, Coordinator of Compliance and Accommodations, Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9638.