The Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will show evidence of success in teaching undergraduate psychology courses, or evidence of clear potential for such. As a teacher scholar, the faculty member will also maintain a program of meaningful disciplinary research that is engaging to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Psychology has a dedicated space for cognitive neuroscience that is shared by several researchers. The laboratory is equipped with two iWorx TA 5-lead EEG systems, one iWorx IX-EEG 20-lead EEG system, a Tobii TX eye tracker and Tobii Pro Glasses wearable eye tracker with Tobii Pro software. The university also provides internal funding for startup help with research programs.
Expertise in neuroscience, biological psychology, or sensation and perception with experience in teaching courses such as Biological Psychology or Psychopharmacology, and possibly courses such as Learning, Cognition, or Sensation and Perception, depending on specific area of specialization.
This is a very exciting time of development and growth in the Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU). Our department currently has openings for three tenure-track positions, with emphases on neuro/biological, developmental, and clinical psychology, respectively. Two of these openings are the result of long-term faculty retirements. At the graduate level, we welcomed the first cohort into our new Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Health Service Psychology (Combined Clinical-School) program in August 2019. In addition, the department houses a Master's program in Clinical Psychology and a Specialist in School Psychology graduate program. At the undergraduate level, the psychology major is WCU's second largest major at over 600 students and growing. The typical teaching load is 3-3. WCU offers faculty numerous internal funding opportunities to support scholarship and conference travel.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system. WCU offers 120 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina with many options for dining, shopping, entertainment, and craft breweries. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities with WCU recently being voted the Top Adventure College in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
Doctorate in psychology or ABD with all requirements for graduation completed including dissertation successfully defended by August 1, 2020 from an accredited institution.
Evidence of excellent prior undergraduate teaching abilities. Potential for continued scholarship and commitment to service is expected.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. Completed applications will include A) a cover letter, B) a CV, C) a research statement, D) a teaching statement, E) unofficial transcripts from all graduate programs attended, F) a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference that may be requested during the application process, and G) optional materials (e.g., evidence of teaching effectiveness, a representative publication). Materials should be submitted online via the secure application site. Questions about the submission should be directed to Dr. David de Jong, search committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.