Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Denver, USA, Colorado
Aug 30, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
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 click here. 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.

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 (with over 500 psychology majors), 6400 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver seeks exceptionally well-qualified candidates for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor position to begin in Fall 2018. 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.

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by Wednesday, November 15, 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 scroll to 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)
  6. In addition, at least three recommenders should email letters of reference