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Assistant Professor– Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology- #001534

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Posting Number:

FAC545P

Quick Link for Internal Postings:

https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/19644

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Working Title:

Assistant Professor– Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology- #001534

Department:

Psychology

Position Summary:

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant professor level, with a projected begin work date of either January 2023 or August 2023.

The successful candidate would join a department of 20 full-time faculty who are all passionate about teaching and involving students in research. Evidence of or potential for success in teaching core undergraduate and graduate psychology courses in biological psychology, human neuropsychology, and/or a closely related area (e.g., social- or behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, biological and affective bases of behavior) is expected. The ability to teach other courses, such as general psychology or research methods, is desirable.

The typical teaching load is 3-3 (fall/spring). As a teacher scholar, the faculty member will maintain a program of meaningful disciplinary research that is engaging to both undergraduate and graduate students. For example, the department has a designated space for cognitive neuroscience that maintains a 64 channel BrainVision and 16 channel iWorx EEG systems in a shared lab space with a Tobii eye tracker and Pro glasses available. Current faculty have expertise in autism spectrum/neurodevelopmental disorders, early childhood socio-cognitive development, traumatic stress, human sexuality, personality, health psychology, and forensic psychology, to name a few. The department is home also to the McKee Assessment and Psychological Services Clinic, a state-of-the art, public-facing clinic providing advanced training for our graduate students through affordable comprehensive services to individuals and families in our community.

This is a very exciting time of development and growth in the Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU). At the graduate level, we are home to an APA-accredited post-master’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Health Service Psychology (Combined Clinical-School) program, a scientist-practitioner oriented Master’s program in Clinical Psychology and a NASP/CAEP approved Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) graduate program. At the undergraduate level, the psychology major is WCU’s second largest major at over 500 students and growing. WCU offers faculty excellent internal funding opportunities to support scholarship and conference travel. Faculty are involved in service at the department, college, and university level, and engage in advising of our majors. Moreover, WCU is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system, and we offer 115 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, minutes from the town of Sylva, and midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is also 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina with many options for dining, shopping, entertainment, and craft breweries. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

The department of psychology is located in the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP). CEAP is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. We value our faculty and staff’s unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate in psychology from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licensed or license eligible in NC.

Position Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Number of Months Per Year:

9

Open Date:

06/07/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected.

Completed applications will include A) a cover letter, B) a CV, C) a research statement, D) a teaching statement, E) unofficial transcripts from all graduate programs attended, F) a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference that may be requested during the application process, and G) optional materials (e.g., evidence of teaching effectiveness, a representative publication). Materials should be submitted online via the secure application site. Questions about the submission should be directed to Dr. David de Jong , search committee chair at [email protected]

Background/E-Verify:

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.

AA/EOE:

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wcu.edu/

Awards

Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wcu.edu/

Benefits

Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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