Posted: Jun 22, 2022

Instructor of Social Sciences Division

Lackawanna College - Scranton, PA
Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2022


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Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our main campus is located in downtown Scranton, and our footprint includes satellite centers in Covington Twp.HawleyHazletonSunbury, Towanda and Tunkhannock

Our mission is to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live.  We provide our students with a direct path to a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or one of many different professional certifications. Additionally, our Continuing Education department helps put the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania back to work with modern career skills.  Lackawanna is also one of the most cost-efficient regional higher education institutions.

If our mission inspires you, and you are willing to go the extra mile to help our students succeed, please feel free to apply for this or future employment opportunities for which you meet the minimum qualifications.  We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups including women and minorities.  Please know that only the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications can be considered, and only those selected for interviews will be contacted by a college representative.  No phone calls, please.


As a full-time faculty member, this position’s fundamental responsibilities include teaching courses in the Social Science field (a yearly course load of 27 credits) and fulfilling any accompanying duties as an Instructor at Lackawanna College. Faculty members are encouraged and expected to contribute to the strategic vision for their departments and committees and participate in college-wide, academic affairs, and division-level initiatives. Faculty members also serve as academic advisors to a group of students. Faculty are encouraged to think creatively and innovatively to propose ways to enhance and/or maintain programs and courses within their divisions.

This position reports to the Academic Dean, although the division chair will serve as a primary contact and support. The position is a 10-month appointment.


1)    Prepare and deliver effective instruction in a wide range of Social Science courses (in class and online) using up to date and cutting edge contemporary methods with a strong outcomes based teaching model. Teach courses such as Criminology, Group Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, and Drugs and Behavior. Develop course materials and make them accessible to students thought a learning management system.

2)    Act as academic advisor for students during the fall and spring semester.

3)    Develop new courses to meet the changing needs of an increasingly technological workplace, making them functional for on ground or online instruction through our learning management system (Canvas).

4)    Participate actively in departmental affairs and aid in evaluation and development of the Social Science curriculum and program assessment. 

5)    Continue professional and educational growth by taking advantage of in house and external development opportunities.

6)    Contribute to the College and community through participation in College functions and events.

7)    Create and implement opportunities to integrate real-world knowledge and application into criminal justice courses.

8)    Participate in student learning outcome assessment and implement pedagogical and curricular changes accordingly.

9)    Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


1)    Successful classroom experience at the two- or four-year college level in teaching social science courses and using technology in the classroom.        

2)    Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to maintain effective working relationships with students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. (Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations preferred.)

3)    Knowledge of current trends in post-secondary education.

4)    Passion for serving students, collaborating across the institution to achieve goals, and for supporting colleagues.


1)    Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work or Counseling required/Ph.D. preferred.

2)    Degrees in Progress: To be conferred on or before December 31, 2022 will be considered, provided that the applicant also submits required information (transcripts, course program, etc.)


1)    Minimum of three years teaching experience at the college level in the social sciences.

2)    Experience teaching online is a plus.

3)    A career practicing and developing the skills about which you want to teach. (All of our full-time social science faculty have come to higher education after working in their fields. We believe the ability to share experiences with students strengthens their understanding and transfer of learning.)

Applications will only be accepted via online method OR email.  If selecting the email option, interested candidates can email resumes to [email protected]. Deadline for applications, Friday July 1st.  No phone calls, please.

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Lackawanna College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.

Lackawanna College is an accredited, private, non-profit educational institution providing opportunities for career and personal development within selected associates degree, certificate and continuing education program.