Instructor/Asst. Professor, Psychology, 1 yr. Temp.

Westfield, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. We are public teaching institution committed to offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences and complementing professional studies curricula where research is strongly encouraged, especially projects that involve undergraduates and/or community partners.

Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts and offers a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, the campus is just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:
The Psychology department at Westfield State University invites applications for a one-year temporary Instructor or Assistant Professor position effective September 1, 2018. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate curriculum by teaching one or more courses from the Psychology core: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental courses (e.g. Child Development), and/or Basic Processes courses (e.g. Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation and Perception). We seek an individual who is prepared to work collaboratively and teach an academic load of 12 hours of teaching per semester.

A minimum of a master’s degree in a related field.

Ability to understand and implement teaching and advising processes and strategies for college students preferred; a demonstrated commitment to promoting domestic diversity and/or global multiculturalism in the curriculum where appropriate.

Exceptions to these requirements may be made for sound academic reasons in certain specialized academic areas. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above, but who can demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishment, are also encouraged to apply.
Additional Information:
Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

How to apply

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:

Curriculum vitae
Cover letter
Contact information for three references*
*Please provide the contact information for reference providers in the references section of the online application.

Deadline for application: Review of applications will begin June 15, 2018. The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and will, if needed, remain open until finalists have been selected.

Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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As part of the Massachusetts public higher education system, Westfield State University is dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed.