Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow of Psychology

St. George, Utah, United States

Job description

The Dixie State University Social & Behavioral Sciences Department seeks applications for a full-time, two-year non-tenure-track faculty appointment as Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow of Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. The position is well-suited for a scientist who wishes to prepare for a teaching career at a primarily undergraduate institution that emphasizes excellence in teaching and research. Additional information about the department and the degrees offered can be found online at

This full-time, two-year position primarily involves teaching responsibilities with opportunities to pursue research with undergraduate students. The department seeks a talented individual to teach courses in Behavior Neuroscience and other similar courses, which will include some of the following: Interpersonal Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Addiction, Psychobiology (with lab), Psychopharmacology, Research Methods, Learning and Memory, and General Psychology. Additionally, the successful candidate will have opportunities to engage undergraduate students in research projects in their area of expertise, as time and resources permit.

Teach 30 credit hours per academic year. These courses will consist of Behavioral Neuroscience and other courses needed by the department, including those courses listed above.
Involve undergraduate students in research projects
Attend regular department, division, and college faculty meetings, work with other faculty in program management, and adhere to university policies

Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or closely related discipline from an accredited college or university required. Preference will be given to those applicants who were recently awarded or are about to earn a Ph.D in Psychology or Neuroscience. ABD may be considered if degree is awarded prior to January 1, 2019.
Background in neuroscience or related field
Evidence of potential for successful teaching at the college level
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills
An eagerness to engage with colleagues, staff, and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of our students

Supplemental Information
Contract: Full-time (9 month) non-tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2018; salary and benefits begin July 1, 2018.

Annual salary of $43,000+, depending on qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included.

About the University: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active learning. active life” and we seek faculty committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. The University’s Strategic Plan calls for significant expansion into new degree programs and an increase of student enrollment to 12,500 students over the next four years.

DSU seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

How to apply

Application review begins May 2, 2018; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), unofficial transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) about their teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population. Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The President and employees of Dixie State University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, services, and employment with regard to race / ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with a disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and protected veteran’s status.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

When students arrive at Dixie State University campus in St. George, Utah, they can enjoy an inviting landscape with fountains and statues, athletic fields, two gymnasiums, and many well equipped classroom buildings, computer laboratories, two theaters, an art gallery, two concert halls, dormitories and a student center with a food court, a book store and a dance hall. A fine library is at the center of campus, with a park on each side. There are two other parks, the Encampment Mall and the O. C. Tanner Fountain Plaza. It is a walking campus with parking for cars on the perimeter. Above all, there are professors, about 175 of them plus adjunct teachers, and vibrant students—about 10,000. Together they are engaged in the excitement of learning.