Assistant Professor - Affective, Social & Cognitive Psychology

Job description

The Department of Psychology is a research-oriented department which values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation. By investing in the people who comprise our department, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment (see 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 department's vision, to be an inclusive intellectual community that fosters discovery and innovation, is embedded within the University of Denver's vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The University values Diversity and 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 our commitments at the University of Denver, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to Diversity and 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 metropolitan location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains 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 (including nearly 500 psychology majors), 5700 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.

Position Summary
We seek candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2021 in the Affective, Social & Cognitive (ASC) psychology program. Candidate's should have a program of research focused on social psychological processes, broadly construed, and should clearly describe how their research connects to and complements the current research interests of our faculty. Candidates' research programs will connect with affective and/or cognitive science, be hypothesis-driven, and focus on mechanistic explanations of social psychological phenomena. Successful applicants will have an outstanding record of research achievement and a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education. Candidates should also be committed to working with diverse populations in teaching, service, and/or research, and should be committed to advancing the principles and practice of inclusive excellence.

Essential Functions

  • All candidates should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education and demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching.
  • All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to an ongoing and productive research program.
  • Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
  • Teach 4 course equivalents per year as assigned, divided among graduate and undergraduate courses; can include both University and department core requirements and elective, specialized courses.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Successful applicants should have an outstanding record of research achievement and should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Candidates at the Associate level will be expected to have demonstrated success in generating external grant support.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology (ABD considered for an Assistant Professor hire with completion date before September 1, 2021). If dissertation is not complete, individual will hold the title of Instructor.
  • Potential for teaching excellence.
  • Research skills appropriate to their area of study.
  • Expertise in social psychological and affective approaches.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology or related field.
  • Background and/or demonstrated interest working with culturally diverse populations. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy ( We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on October 15, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 493191
Posted: 8/13/2020
Application Due: 10/12/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable