Assistant Professor Position, Psychology

Los Angeles, California
Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Summary: The Psychology Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University invites applicants with a doctoral degree in psychology, or a related field, for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank beginning August 2018. Applicants with the ability to enrich the intellectual diversity and cultural richness of the department and university are especially encouraged to apply.

The University: Mount Saint Mary’s University ( is a liberal arts university primarily for women. Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Mount is an institution dedicated to providing an excellent education directed toward leadership and service. Mount Saint Mary’s University lives out its mission on two campuses: one in West Los Angeles and the second in downtown Los Angeles. The University prides itself on maintaining a highly diverse student body, small classes, and a close working relationship between students and faculty.

The Students: The Mount Saint Mary’s University focus on social justice and community involvement leads us to recruit many first-generation college students from diverse backgrounds. The University encourages multicultural awareness throughout both academic and co-curricular activities. Mount Saint Mary’s University enrolls the highest percentage of ethnic minority students of all independent colleges and universities in Southern California.

The Department: Mount Saint Mary’s psychology program offers a baccalaureate and a master’s degree and supports an associate degree program. The curriculum guides students through the scientific methods, theoretical approaches, and practical applications in the study of human behavior and mental processes as undergraduate majors and graduate students. Grounded in the Mount’s mission and the liberal arts tradition, the Psychology department is committed to employing innovative and evidence-based teaching to empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens.

As one of the larger departments on campus, with approximately 60 AA students, 200 traditional and 40 weekend college (nontraditional) BA students, and 160 MS students, the Psychology Department has ten full-time faculty. This small size requires team work, and the department is known for its exceptional collegiality. 

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a doctoral level degree in psychology or a related field, or be ABD with the expectation that the degree must be completed prior to position start date. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in teaching, advising, and research (individually and with students). An appreciation of the liberal arts educational tradition and service orientation, and experience/interest in contributing to and teaching in a diverse campus environment are required.

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to undergraduate (including associate and baccalaureate) education and experience or potential implementing pedagogically sound practices, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom (i.e. student advising, mentorship, and research), especially with underrepresented minority (URM) students. The ability to teach courses related to two of the following areas: research methodology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, neuroscience, or clinical/abnormal psychology, is desirable.


The Psychology Department and Mount Saint Mary’s University have a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty. Applicants who would enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: In addition to excellent teaching, faculty responsibilities include a commitment to active involvement in department and university service, academic advisement, mentoring of students, scholarship, and professional activity. The teaching load is three courses one semester and four courses the other semester.

Application Procedure: Application review will begin October 15, 2017. Please complete the online application and also attach a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualification for the position, vita, teaching statement, course evaluations (if available), (un)official transcripts, and three letters of reference to

Please Note: Mount Saint Mary’s University is an AA/EEO Employer. Applicants for faculty positions at MSMU must be able to provide proof of legal ability to work in the United States; the College will not assistant applicants with any visa matter.