Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tenure Track

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Psychology at the University of North Dakota (UND) is searching to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Psychology at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 16, 2022, contingent upon availability of funding.  Candidates should have expertise in Psychology & Law or Forensic Psychology and areas that directly align with the goals of UND’s Rural Health and Communities or Big Data Grand Challenges such as jury decision making, victim advocacy, forensic interviewing, or statistical modeling.

Housed within the University of North Dakota’s largest college, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Psychology has 16 full-time faculty, approximately 460 undergraduate majors and 190 graduate students with programs in Clinical (APA-accredited), Experimental, and Forensic Psychology.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota.  It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity.  Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region.  UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students.  It is the home of the state’s only School of Law.  The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.  Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages.  Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Duties & Responsibilities
    Teach a mix of online and on campus courses primarily within our graduate Forensic Psychology programs and supervise graduate students. Produce peer-reviewed publications within area of research expertise and seek external grant funds.All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community.  UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.
The position will carry a 1/2 formal course load for the initial year of appointment; in subsequent years, a formal course load of 2/2 is expected. Course load may be reduced if the candidate brings external support or secures it while in the position.

Required Competencies
    Ability to teach a mix of online and on campus courses primarily within our graduate Forensic Psychology programs.Ability to produce peer-reviewed publications within area of research expertise and seek external grant funds.Effective interpersonal skills, Including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.Ability to work with diverse groups.Ability to supervise graduate students and contribute to service within the department, college, university, and/or community.
Minimum Requirements
  • Earned Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (e.g., social, developmental, cognitive, legal, etc.) or Clinical Psychology by August 15, 2022.
  • Research expertise in psychology & law or forensic psychology.
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity.
    Evidence of teaching effectiveness.Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience working collaboratively with interdisciplinary partners.Experience in online teaching.Experience or demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups.Ability to teach advanced statistics courses at the graduate level.
Minimum Hiring Salary:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Work Schedule/Start Date:  Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2022 to May 15, 2023.To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2021 and include the following materials. 

    Cover letter CV Contact information for a minimum of three references. Further information may be requested later (e.g., letters of recommendation, a graduate transcript, teaching evaluations). 
Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Joelle Ruthig, Chairperson, Department of Psychology:  [email protected].

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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