Visiting Assistant Professor (3 yr), Psych/Neuroscience, Earlham College

  • 02 Mar 2021 12:20 PM
    Message # 10155649


    Earlham College Department of Psychology invites applications for a full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor position with an ability to contribute to neuroscience. The position may be renewable up to three years. Start date is July 1, 2021.

    Primary Duties & Responsibilities

    The successful candidate will have a teaching load of 5 courses across two semesters. After the first year, the successful candidate will advise students in the neuroscience major. At Earlham, Visiting Faculty have access to the same professional development and summer research funding sources as tenure-track and tenured faculty. Earlham also seeks to cultivate faculty interests and the successful candidate will have opportunities to teach upper-level courses in their area of interest and will be well-prepared for the tenure-track job market at the conclusion of the visiting position.

    In the cover letter, candidates should indicate their ability to teach neuroscience courses, such as Brain & Behavior, as well as other core psychology courses such as Introductory Psychology or Research Methods & Statistics. Candidates should also specify additional upper-level courses that they could teach that are not currently offered in the department. We are particularly interested in the breadth that candidates can bring to the psychology department and the neuroscience major. Opportunities to engage in research are available, but not required for visiting positions. These opportunities include paid summer research with undergraduate students and professional development funds. Candidates interested in pursuing research in this position are encouraged to indicate how they would involve undergraduates in research opportunities in the context of a small liberal arts school. In the application materials, candidates should clearly describe their ability to contribute to the advancement of Earlham’s goals to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. Candidates should provide specific examples of how they have contributed to equitable and inclusive environments, including how they support students from diverse backgrounds and how they use inclusive pedagogical practices.

    Departmental & Institutional Information

    Earlham College is a small, private liberal arts college shaped by Quaker principles, including a commitment to social justice. The Earlham College student body is diverse (~20% international, ~25% domestic students of color) and there are multiple opportunities to work with students in meaningful ways both in and out of the classroom. Psychology and neuroscience are among the largest majors on campus. We strive to create a welcoming, inclusive environment where all community members can thrive. Earlham has family-friendly policies and the psychology department offers a structured mentorship program to support new faculty members.

    Experience & Qualifications

    Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field at the time of appointment. Candidates who are ABD (“All But Dissertation”) and have finished their coursework and qualifying exams may be considered. Candidates with a degree other than neuroscience should clearly explain their expertise in neuroscience, which could include graduate coursework, research background, or teaching history. Candidates should have prior teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness, which could include student evaluations, peer observations, or other similar evidence. Earlham College and the psychology department continue to build a community that reflects our student body and society at large. We encourage and welcome applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Candidates who meet some, but not all of the desired qualities for this position are encouraged to apply. Candidates may also contact the search convener with specific questions.

    Application Instructions

    Applicants should send a single PDF including a

    • cover letter
    • curriculum vitae (including contact information for 3 references)
    • teaching statement 
    • evidence of teaching effectiveness
    • diversity statement
    • research statement (optional)

    The Department will solicit letters of reference directly from listed references at its discretion.

    Materials should be sent to  

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted by March 22, 2021 will be given full consideration. Any inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Beth Mechlin, Search Convener, 

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