Company Name:

Arcadia University


Glenside, Pennsylvania

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Experimental Psychology

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

July 18, 2019

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Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Experimental Psychology with Expertise in Animal Learning

The Department of Psychology at Arcadia University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The position will begin Fall, 2020. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with expertise in animal learning.

The teaching load will involve lab sections for two required courses in the major as well as courses in the candidate's area of specialization. Each fall, the position will involve supervising multiple sections of a rat conditioning laboratory serving over 100 students. The individual will oversee care of the animals, teach students proper handling techniques, teach students to write APA research reports, and set-up and maintain conditioning control equipment and software. Each spring, the lab instructor will oversee multiple lab sections in which students design and execute original, IRB/IACUC-approved rat and human studies. Lab instruction both semesters occurs in collaboration with the lecture course instructors. The successful candidate will also develop an active research program that involves undergraduate students, advise undergraduate psychology majors, supervise senior thesis research, and participate in departmental and University service. Full-time faculty members at Arcadia typically teach a 3-3 load; at present, lab sections constitute two-thirds of that load. However, the lab proportion may decline over time as we make changes to our major structure.

Arcadia’s College of Arts and Sciences offers programs in science, technology, and math; humanities; visual and performing arts; communications; and historical and political studies. These programs prepare students to be leaders in a global society by providing opportunities to exhibit, perform, and publish both on campus and in the Philadelphia area. The campus has a variety of outlets to support the arts and sciences, including art galleries, a literary magazine, and an online journal.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in the greater Philadelphia area that promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience to prepare students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation for the ninth consecutive year by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.

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For best consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.

Essential Functions:

  • Teach 12 credits per semester, including multiple sections of laboratory courses and courses in the candidate's area of expertise
  • Supervise a rat conditioning laboratory, serving over 100 students
  • Oversee care of animals and student workers in the rat laboratory
  • Teach students proper techniques for handling animals
  • Develop an active research program that involves undergraduate students
  • Advise psychology majors on degree requirements
  • Supervise undergraduate senior thesis research projects
  • Participate in Department and University service

  • Ph.D. (or ABD with Ph.D. awarded by August 2020) in Experimental Psychology with Expertise in Animal Learning
  • Past experience conducting research with rats
  • Evidence of past teaching effectiveness
  • Evidence of the ability to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students

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