College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Teaching Assistant Professor - Psychology (F1700033)

Champaign, IL
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time 12-month Teaching Assistant Professor for the newly created Master of Science in Psychological Science program to provide administration of the day-to-day operations of the program, instruction and advising to students and ongoing evaluation of the program to facilitate program improvement.


The candidate selected for this position will have an instructional role in the program. In addition to other courses, the employee will teach a professional seminar in which they lead discussions regarding students graduate careers and professional aspirations; support students' development of research projects with their respective research advisers; and expose students to the breadth of the field of psychological science (e.g., including through recruiting speakers that represent various facets of the field).

The employee will advise students in all facets of program engagement including, for example: choosing coursework in light of professional goals; identifying appropriate supplemental experiences (e.g., research involvement, internship opportunities); assisting with the identification of appropriate professional opportunities post-graduation; assisting with applications to doctoral programs or for employment in industry; writing letters of recommendation to support students' post-graduate efforts; and problem-solving with students if they face challenges in their progress in the program.

The employee may engage in scholarly research and service to the department/college/university as well as possibly collaborating with other faculty in research activities. There is also an expectation that the Teaching Assistant Professor will be capable of consulting with and guiding students with their research projects as well as supporting students who are working with other faculty members in research labs.

The employee will also coordinate efforts with the Office of Graduate Studies to track and monitor student progress in their programs and will work to develop processes to identify and assess learning outcomes. Planning and managing course offerings; managing and addressing student conflicts; managing the admissions' process; establishing and maintaining relationships with key recruiting contacts; and maintaining internal and external communications. They will develop and share communications about learning outcomes with appropriate audiences. They will use information gathered via systematic evaluation to engage in quality improvement for the program.

In all areas of effort, the Teaching Assistant Professor is charged with creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that encourages respect and appreciation for diversity.


  • Doctorate in Psychology
  • At least three years of teaching experience in higher education
  • Familiarity with the breadth of areas currently covered by research and applied work in Psychological Science
  • Demonstrated strengths in leadership, initiative, teamwork and collaboration
  • Demonstrate the ability to make instructional and curricular impact both within the department and beyond, either through scholarly publications, invited talks, or other related activities involving their discipline, pedagogy, and student interactions
  • Sensitivity to ethical issues as well as gender, ethnic, cultural, and other kinds of human diversity.

  • Experience teaching in the field of Psychology for at least five years
  • Administrative experience, including day-to-day administration
  • Experience advising and mentoring, preferably with graduate students
  • Understanding of professional pathways and opportunities available to individuals with background in Psychological Science
  • Experience in community outreach and involvement.

Please visit to create your candidate profile and upload the following:
  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Teaching statement that summarizes your teaching philosophy and teaching accomplishments (no more than 3 pages, single-spaced).
  • Research narrative that describes your current research agenda and plan for contributing scholarship that enhances the Department and University and makes an impact beyond the Campus.

For full consideration, all requested information including the names and contact information of three professional references must be submitted by April 26, 2017. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible after closing date. Questions can be addressed to

Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Organization Name: Psychology
College Name or Administrative Unit: LAS
Category: Faculty and Other Academic
Open Date: 04/12/2017


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