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Assistant Professor - Psychology #000180

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

You must apply online. Attach a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a list of three references with complete contact information and unofficial transcripts. For questions or additional information, please contact Erin Myers, Search Chair,

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAC165P
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Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor - Psychology #000180
Department Psychology
Position Summary

Western Carolina University seeks an Assistant Professor of Psychology to begin August 1, 2018. This is a 9-month full-time tenure-track position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This faculty member will teach a combination of undergraduate courses and graduate courses, largely focusing in general experimental psychology. The demonstrated ability to teach statistics and research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. The successful candidate will show evidence of demonstrated success in teaching undergraduate psychology courses, or evidence of clear potential for such. Importantly, as a teacher-scholar, the faculty member will also be expected to establish and maintain a program of meaningful disciplinary research that is engaging to and inclusive of both undergraduate and graduate (master’s and doctoral) students. Areas of focus should be basic psychological science, and preference will be given to candidates able to teach courses in the neurological bases of behavior, and/or candidates with an active program of eye-tracking research.

The Department of Psychology has 18 full-time faculty members, over 400 undergraduate majors and 35 full-time graduate students. There are graduate programs in Clinical and School Psychology. WCU is an engaged regional comprehensive university, and all faculty are expected to use their professional knowledge and skills in service to the institution and the external community. The doctorate must be completed before the position begins.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in experimental psychology; teaching experience, including statistics, research methods and neurobiology or biological psychology.

Preferred Qualifications

Background in experimental psychology, with research record in support preferred.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 9

Posting Text

Open Date 03/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

You must apply online. Attach a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a list of three references with complete contact information and unofficial transcripts. For questions or additional information, please contact Erin Myers, Search Chair,


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of references
Optional Documents

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