Assistant Professor-Affective Science, Department of Psychology

Colorado, Denver, USA
Jun 29, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Psychology values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science to foster intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment, and serves the public good (see here for more information). Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good. Our vision is to be an inclusive intellectual community that fosters discovery and innovation.

The department consists of 23 Tenure Track faculty as well as Teaching, Clinical, Research, and Adjunct faculty. Our Ph.D. program has about 50 students and we have approximately 500 undergraduate majors.

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 here). Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to inclusive excellence goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. The University of Denver is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to 2.8 million people. Our urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. The University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of approximately 5800 undergraduates, 5900 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2018. We seek candidates who can contribute to our department focus on affective science by investigating social groups or culture. Examples of relevant research areas include, but are not limited to, effects of groups or culture on emotion perception, experience, communication, or regulation; or the role of emotion in stereotyping, prejudice, stigma, attitude formation/learning, information transmission, or social cognition. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in mechanism, such as using computational approaches, experimental methods, or biological measures. All candidates' research statements should clearly indicate how their research contributes to a program in affective science.

Essential Functions

All candidates should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education and demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching. Candidates should also be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Teach 4 courses per year as assigned by Chair, including graduate and undergraduate courses; can include both service and elective, specialized courses. Commitment to an ongoing research program. Supervision of graduate student research projects, theses, and dissertations, as well as supervision of some undergraduate research. Participation in department and university citizenship and service activities commensurate with a full time faculty member is required. Successful applicants should have an outstanding record of research achievement and should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education.

Required Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Psychology (ABD considered). If dissertation is not complete, individual will hold the title of Instructor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by October, 1, 2017, but will consider applications until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions about this position, please contact Laurel Shurtleff at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. C.V.
  2. Letter of interest
  3. Research and teaching statements.
  4. Reprints/preprints
  5. Inclusive-excellence statement - the separate inclusive-excellence statement should be a succinct description of how the candidates research, teaching, and/or service contribute to inclusive 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.