Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Denver, USA, Colorado
May 02, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment, and serves the public good (see www.du.edu/psychology for more information). Our courses are diverse in terms of class size and format (e.g., lecture, seminar, service learning). Our department and campus actively support faculty to advance their teaching practice (e.g., development opportunities through the Office of Teaching and Learning, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning).

The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The University values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver, please visit http://www.du.edu/cme/resources/inclusive-excellence.html). Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service.

In 2015, the University of Denver established a Teaching Professorial Series in recognition of the importance and value of colleagues teaching in non-tenure track lines. Lines in this series involve multi-year, renewable contracts. The series allows for review and promotion from Teaching Assistant Professor to Teaching Associate, and eventually Teaching Full Professor. Faculty in the Teaching Professor series are fully engaged in the life of the department and university.

Position Summary

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver seeks exceptionally well-qualified candidates for three full-time Teaching Assistant Professor positions to begin in Fall 2017. All candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching. Successful applicants will have an outstanding record of teaching achievement. Candidates should also be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

Essential Functions

The Teaching Assistant Professor position involves contributing across our major and common curriculum undergraduate teaching needs by teaching seven courses over three quarters as well as participating in the life of the department (e.g., through service and participation in faculty meetings). In addition to introductory and research methods/statistics courses, our undergraduate curriculum covers several content areas: clinical, developmental, social, and cognition and neuroscience. Opportunities may exist to contribute to the graduate curriculum or supervise clinical work (for licensed/license-eligible clinical psychologists).

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in psychology or related field.
  • Experience teaching undergraduates in psychology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in psychology or related field.
  • Experience of instruction, advising, and faculty-level participation in department of psychology in an accredited university.
  • Experience in curriculum and course development, innovative pedagogy, and contributions to inclusive excellence.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by Wednesday, May 31, 2017, but will consider applications until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. For questions about this position, please contact Laurel Shurtleff at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of application (cover letter)
  2. C.V.
  3. Teaching statement
  4. Inclusive-excellence statement (should be a succinct description of how the candidates teaching and/or service contribute to inclusive excellence)
  5. Teaching portfolio (should include but not limited to sample syllabi from two or more courses, sample assignments, sample grading rubrics, evidence of teaching effectiveness e.g., student evaluations, a list of courses taught previously, a list of courses that could be taught, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence)

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

In addition, at least three recommenders should email letters of reference

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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