Assistant Professor in Psychology - Experimental Psychology - 13500


The Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in an area of psychological science beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in the BA/BS in psychology degree and general education curriculum, research, and service to the university and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include cognitive science, comparative cognition, perception, learning and conditioning and/or biological bases of behavior.


The successful candidate will be able to develop and teach undergraduate courses including psychology, research methods, statistics, upper level experimental psychology, and courses in the general education curriculum. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community. The department is especially interested in candidates who have a strong commitment and specialized training in pedagogical approaches that are effective for engaging under-represented and first-generation undergraduate students.


Ph.D. in an area of psychological science is required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date of August 22, 2018. Demonstrated record of, or evident potential for successful teaching, with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students, is essential. Clear evidence of scholarly potential, including maintaining a strong program of research that involves undergraduate students in meaningful ways, is required, along with commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as an active member of the university community. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.


Full-Time teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate psychology courses such as research methods, statistics, upper-level experimental psychology, and courses in the general education curriculum. Research expectations include maintaining an active program of research with opportunities for undergraduate involvement. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities may include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community and/or professional organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach the New Student Seminar, lead a University Learning Community, or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.


The Psychology Department at UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/psychology) offers a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as M.S.E. and Ed.S. degrees in School Psychology through a NASP-accredited program. Faculty members in the Psychology Department have a broad range of expertise, and share a common goal of supporting an inclusive and diverse working and learning environment.


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Complete applications received by January 2, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Sasha Karnes
Assistant Professor


A complete application credential packet consists of online submission of the following materials (as a single document or pdf):

  • A letter of application;
  • Brief statement of teaching and research interests;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Representative reprints;
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • AND
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (with candidate name in the subject line) must be sent to psychsearch@uww.edu by the referees directly.
This Job ID is 13500.

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