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Assistant Professor of Social Psychology - 000889

University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Assistant Professor of Social Psychology - 000889

The University of Richmond, Department of Psychology invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the 2024-2025 academic year.

We are seeking a faculty colleague with training and expertise in social psychology. A completed Ph.D. in Psychology or a closely related field by the time of appointment is required, as is (1) demonstrated potential for making significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and in the field of psychology; (2) the capacity to effectively teach courses in social psychology and foundational courses in our department; and (3) the capacity to establish and maintain an active program of research in social psychology. Areas of particular interest for teaching and research specialties include, but are not limited to: (a) attitudes and social influence, (b) cultural processes, (c) judgment and decision-making, and/or (d) self and identity. Regardless of subarea, we also plan to give special consideration to those with substantive interests in conflict (resolution), gender and sexuality, health, race and ethnicity, and/or sustainability.

In the Department of Psychology, we value teaching and mentored research that engages students in authentic learning using evidence-based, inclusive, and high-impact teaching practices (e.g., community-based learning). We are dedicated to scientific inquiry that advances our understanding of human behavior and mental processes and produces high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship that makes an impact on the field and/or addresses issues of civic and social concern. And, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Richmond and in the field of psychology and to promoting the success and well-being of all community members, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in psychology, including people of color, members of sexual and gender minority groups, first-generation and low-income college students, immigrant students, and people with disabilities. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of these values via the three personal statements described below (suggested length: 2 single-spaced pages per statement).

Applicants will be evaluated in the following three areas with equal weight: potential for contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and in the field of psychology; teaching and mentoring; and research and scholarship.

Statement #1: Describe potential contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Richmond and in the field of psychology (please see for more information), including relevant knowledge and understanding, previous experience and demonstrated success, and future plans. Statement may address contributions via research, teaching and mentoring, and/or service.

Statement #2: Describe teaching and mentoring philosophies, practices, experience, and future plans. Provide evidence of (the potential for) teaching effectiveness (e.g., example syllabi, graded assessments with feedback, professional development activities) if available. Strong applicants will demonstrate potential to effectively teach courses in social psychology, as well as additional courses in their areas of expertise and foundational courses in our department (e.g., Introduction to Psychological Science, Methods and Analyses), and to mentor undergraduates in their research program.

Statement #3: Describe current research program and outcomes, as well as future plans, including the feasibility of conducting research in our primarily undergraduate setting.

For more information on faculty roles and resources, please visit the University website: Applicants may find information available via the Faculty Handbook, the Faculty Hub, the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusion, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and the Office of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations particularly helpful.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three statements in line with the descriptions above (suggested length: 2 single-spaced pages per statement). Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to submit a brief video demonstration of teaching effectiveness. For additional information about the position and review process, please contact Dr. Kristjen Lundberg, Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Chair of the Search Committee, at Review of applications will commence September 11, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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