Job TitleAssistant Professor, Psychology, Biopsychology/Neuroscience
Position TypeFull Time
Job Category Faculty
Salary Range -
Location Macon, Georgia 31201 United States
Application Deadline -
Contact Name Shan Ran
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Assistant Professor, Psychology, Biopsychology/Neuroscience
College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences
Primary Job Posting Location:
Macon, GA 31207
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(Other locations that this position could be based)
The Department of Psychology at Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology to begin August 2024.
The Psychology department shares Mercer University’s vision to create a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff who join together to make a positive difference in the world. The successful candidate will have documented evidence of teaching excellence in the area of BIOPSYCHOLOGY/NEUROSCIENCE, a research program capable of involving students, and a commitment to serving a diverse student population. Biopsychology courses the department offers include: Biopsychology, Drugs & Behavior, Sensation & Perception, Learning, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Hormones & Behavior. Opportunities to teach other courses related to the candidate’s background or interests are possible.
Standard teaching load is 21 semester hours per academic year, which translates as three courses per semester with usually only two preps. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service to the department/college/university.
A PhD from an accredited college/university, or ABD status, in Biopsychology, Neuroscience, or a related field with demonstrated connections to Biopsychology is required. A candidate with ABD status would be considered at the Instructor rank until the PhD has been completed. Candidates who teach in the area of Biopsychology, and are interested in teaching Research Methods & Statistics and Introduction to Psychology will be preferred.
Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Mercer University is a private university distinguished by its commitment to teaching, empowering, and inspiring its students to create, discover, and serve. The university offers rigorous programs to more than 9,000 students enrolled in schools of liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, theology, and professional advancement. Mercer continues to boast a strong enrollment, increasing the incoming first-year class of students by 39% in the past decade. At the same time, the average GPA of incoming students for Fall 2023 was a 4.02 with average standardized test score in the 88thpercentile for those who submitted scores. The College, which hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue, and responsible citizenry, and affirms the university’s commitment to openness and inclusion and to inspiring students to lives of service. It is located in the historic city of Macon, Georgia, which is the educational, medical, cultural, and commercial hub of Middle Georgia, an hour and a half south of Atlanta.
Mercer’s Department of Psychology has 9 faculty members, offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees, and has the second-largest major in CLAS with over 200 majors. In addition, Psychology and Biology faculty formed an interdisciplinary Neuroscience program, which has more than 100 majors. For additional information about Mercer University and the Department of Psychology, email the search committee chair, Dr. Shan Ran, Ran_s@mercer.edu, or consult the following websites:
1) A Cover Letter addressing interest in teaching in a liberal arts setting with diverse students, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) a statement of Teaching Philosophy and experience, 4) Recent evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer observations, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi), 5) a statement of Research Program capable of incorporating undergraduate students, 6) a statement of past, current, and anticipated future contributions to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, and 7) contact information for 3 professional references.
Optional: If desired, include an optional statement on how COVID has affected your research.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates should complete the brief online application and attach the aforementioned required documents.
Candidates selected for the first round of interviews will send, upon request, unofficial graduate transcripts (redact any personal or private identifying information including, but not limited to: social security number, birthdate, race or gender, before submitting) and three confidential letters of recommendation that specifically address teaching ability and research directly to Dr. Shan Ran at Ran_s@mercer.edu.
The successful candidate must submit official transcripts prior to employment.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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