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Job Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of PSYCHOLOGY / UMKC School of Education, Social Work & Psychological Sciences 37028
Location: Kansas City
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 43974
Hiring Department

The Department of Psychology in the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Job Description The Department of Psychology in the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is seeking to hire a 9-month, benefit-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor (open area) to begin on August 15, 2023. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for excellence in research, be able to teach graduate Advanced Biopsychology and undergraduate Brain & Behavior courses, and contribute to our PhD program in clinical psychology. This hire is in alignment with UMKC’s initiative in data science. We seek candidates with an interest in data science and/or computational methods (broadly defined) as applied to important psychological, health, and/or social issues.

Areas of specialization and research interest are open and may include, but are not limited to: any area in psychology (e.g., cognitive, clinical, social, developmental, health, counseling), cognitive, decision or computational neuroscience, cognitive science, data science, and/or neuropsychology. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for excellence in research and dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching. We especially invite applicants who demonstrate a commitment to increasing access and diversity in higher education, graduate training, and/or research.

Successful candidates will be expected to maintain a record of publication, seek and secure external funding as needed for sustained research productivity, and teach courses in Advanced Biopsychology (graduate) and Brain & Behavior (undergraduate) as well as their area of specialization. In addition, successful candidates will provide service commensurate with the Assistant Professor rank. The candidate will participate in our department’s mission to incorporate diversity and multiculturalism into graduate training and research, and will provide high-quality teaching and mentoring to a diverse group of students.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should (1) hold a Ph.D. in any area of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a closely related field (Ph.D. must be awarded by September 1, 2023) and (2) have expertise and skill in data science and/or computational methods as applied to the analysis of psychological or neural data.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full-time 9-month, benefit-eligible, tenure-track faculty position for Fall 2023.


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline

The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022 and continue through January 15, 2023.

Application Instructions

All materials must be submitted online at Required materials include: (1) a CV, (2) a detailed cover letter including statements describing the candidate’s approaches/interests regarding research, diversity, and teaching, (3) teaching evaluations (if available), (4) reprints or links to reprints for up to three publications, and (5) contact information for three references. Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). The maximum file size limit is 11 MB. For questions about how to apply, please call (816) 235-1228, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please contact [email protected].

An official copy of all transcripts, showing when degrees were conferred, will be required before an official offer is made to the final candidate. The University requires the maintenance of an official copy of higher education transcripts for all hires. Finalists will be asked to submit all transcripts to the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences’ Dean’s office. Appointment is contingent upon verification of degrees. The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning employment.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lark Lim ([email protected]).

Comments The Department of Psychology will be merging with the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology in Fall 2023. Together, the new Department of Psychology and Counseling will serve approximately 400 undergraduate majors and will offer a master’s program in counseling (MPCAC-accredited) serving 130 students as well as a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited). The combined Department will consist of 16 faculty members who actively collaborate with diverse clinical, medical, and community partners across the campus, region, and nation. Our institution’s recently established Health Equity Institute and a current university initiative in data sciences, including the Institute for Data Education, Analytics and Science, offer faculty an exciting environment for collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Please visit our website at for a full description of our department, its faculty, and its resources. Current faculty research areas in psychology can be found at Also, psychology faculty members have been actively collaborating with Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center ( at University of Kansas Medical Center (10-min driving distance).

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public, urban research university of the 21st Century, pursuing excellence as a learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and regions we serve. Located in the heart of Kansas City, UMKC is part of a metropolitan region that boasts an affordable lifestyle and offers a wide variety of cultural, sporting, and recreational opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Psychology Department Diversity Statement

We pledge solidarity with people across the nation demanding action toward racial equity and justice · we pledge to work to dismantle systems of oppression and racial injustice that target the Black community and other individuals of color · we pledge to create a department where we value diversity and integrate it throughout our teaching and learning · we pledge to foster a climate where students, staff, and faculty feel safe to express their experiences as they relate to diversity, and where such expressions are valued, respected, and acted on in a way that supports inclusion for all · we pledge to work on our personal growth as it comes to privilege and biases and hold each other accountable for this work.

UMKC Diversity Statement

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility Why UMKC?

We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

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