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Assistant Professor - Social Psychology

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Health Professionals, Tenure Track, Full Time

PSYCHOLOGY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT - Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The Department of Psychology and Child Development within the College of Liberal Arts seeks applicants for one full-time, academic-year, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Social Psychology starting September 10, 2020. Candidates for the position must have a PhD in social psychology or related field completed by the time of hire and demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to underrepresented populations. Area of specialization open. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal.

Candidates must also show a strong commitment to teaching excellence and provide evidence of professional activity that keeps them abreast of knowledge and developments within their discipline. The position is primarily focused on the teaching of introduction to social psychology and upper-division social psychology-related courses. Additional courses may include: health psychology, multicultural psychology, research methods, introductory psychology, and other existing core or elective courses. Ideal candidates will possess a commitment to broadening the scope of psychology to include traditionally underrepresented groups, as demonstrated through research, teaching, and/or course content.

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The teaching load averages 12 units per quarter (with course load reductions in each of the first two years to help establish one's professional development activities), with correspondingly reasonable expectations for scholarship and service.

Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, faculty are expected to exhibit strong pedagogical skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty should be engaged in scholarly and creative work that is of high quality as evidenced by external peer review. As colleagues, faculty are asked to perform service activities at all levels of the University. Faculty should build collaborative relationships across the University and with colleagues at other universities.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, complete a required online faculty application and attach to your electronic application a cover letter, vita, transcript copy, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of diversity and inclusion, and writing sample indicative of area of scholarship. In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program. Applicants must include a statement of diversity and inclusion including a personal definition of diversity and experience and commitment in this area in teaching, research, and/or service or community involvement. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. This position is open until filled. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: October 15, 2019. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate will join 22 full-time faculty and 650 undergraduate students and 30 masters students in Psychology and Child Development. The department's website is

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly is a very selective, highly ranked public university on the California Central Coast. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The university provides substantial and comprehensive benefits for spouses/domestic partners and qualifying dependent children under 26.

Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts offers 18 highly selective Bachelor of Arts programs and 4 Master's degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and approximately 3,300 undergraduate majors. Our distinguished faculty is actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. Cal Poly is among the most selective universities nationwide; student quality is high, with applications significantly exceeding admissions.

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