The George Mason University Psychology Department invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track Assistant Professor position, ideally beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The position will support the undergraduate psychology program in two primary ways: (1) to teach a variety of undergraduate courses consistent with the faculty member’s expertise, and (2) to instruct and supervise doctoral student instructors of undergraduate courses, who are teaching for the first time.
The Department of Psychology (https://psychology.gmu.edu/) has a diverse study body of over 1,000 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate students. We are one of the largest departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which is the largest academic unit at George Mason. The Department has over 40 faculty members, including 7 instructional, non-tenure-track faculty positions. Non-tenure-track instructional faculty, who typically teach a default load of 4 courses/semester (unless receiving course releases for administrative duties) are vital to the department in their support of its instructional mission. They are expected to be fully familiar with research but are not expected to be research productive. Non-tenure-track faculty are fully integrated in the department, with full voting rights commensurate with rank and status and with similar access to resources, such as travel funds and professional development opportunities, as tenure-track faculty. More broadly, George Mason is committed to supporting the career development of non-tenure-track faculty (https://provost.gmu.edu/faculty-matters/term-faculty-information).
Our Psychology Department is guided by three primary foci. First, the department is focused on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels in our department and, more broadly, in our field. This mission is facilitated by our location in one of the most diverse regions of the country and by George Mason’s status as the most diverse university in Virginia (https://www2.gmu.edu/aboutmason/diversity-mason). Second, in line with George Mason’s Carnegie classification as a Research I university and its strategic goal of conducting research of consequence, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. In our undergraduate program, we emphasize empirical research as the basis of knowledge in our field and we have a thriving Honors Program. Third, we focus strongly on our training of doctoral students across all five of our graduate programs (applied developmental psychology, clinical psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and human factors and applied cognition). The faculty member in this position will support that, by helping shape the training of our doctoral students in the teaching of psychology
The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate courses across the calendar year (one of these can be a summer course), both in-person and online, which fit within the candidate’s area of expertise. In addition, this faculty member will be the instructor for a graduate-level practicum on teaching, which is taken by doctoral students who will be teaching for the first time. In this course, the faculty member will provide didactic and practical instruction on broader issues of pedagogy and more logistical issues (e.g., designing a syllabus, selecting a textbook, making exams). The faculty member will also provide support for instructors as they teach courses over the year (including summer), to include classroom observations and supportive mentoring/feedback sessions.
We are looking for individuals with a Ph.D. in psychology (or a closely related field), demonstrated success in teaching in-person and online, and a commitment to the education of a diverse undergraduate student body. Candidates who will have a Ph.D. conferred before the start of Fall 2019 classes will be considered eligible for this posting.
We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in supervising first-time teachers and/or in the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, we are keenly interested in candidates who have the ability to contribute to our culturally inclusive environment, in support of our highly diverse student body.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F420Az at https://jobs.gmu.edu; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, teaching statement, and a CV. As applicable, candidates should comment on their prior experience in and/or future plans to support a diverse student body in their work. In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted in one of the following ways: e-mailed to email@example.com, or sent via USPS mail to Ms. Susan Ridley, Teaching of Psychology Search Coordinator, George Mason University, MS 3F5, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on July 1, 2019. and continue until the position is filled. Women, minority, and international candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
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