Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology



Job description

Salt Lake City, UT
Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology beginning August 2019. We welcome applications from psychological and behavioral scientists that are passionate about teaching and facilitating student learning and success in a small, liberal arts environment. Westminster College’s commitment to diversity and global learning is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals. We seek colleagues who are prepared to facilitate the learning of all students, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

Area of specialty for this position is open, though applicants with an emphasis in experimental, cognitive, and/or developmental science are preferred. Primary responsibilities of this faculty position include teaching sections of an Introductory Psychology course (PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth), an Introductory Personality Science course (PSYC 252 Personality Theories), as well as an upper division undergraduate course in an area of specialization. The ability to teach a lower-division Science Reasoning and Writing course (PSYC 270 Thinking & Writing for Psychology) and/or an upper-division Quantitative Research Methods course (PSYC 390) is also highly desirable. If applicable to one’s experience, skills, and professional interests, the option of teaching a Career Explorations course for psychology majors (PSYC 255) and/or other courses within the psychology curriculum can be discussed. Course descriptions for these and other course offerings within the Psychology Program can be viewed here:
Westminster’s teaching load is 24 semester hours per year – typically three courses per semester. This position may be available to renew for a second year pending budgetary approval.

The Department of Psychology at Westminster is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-designated program and has a strong commitment to undergraduate education emphasizing high-impact teaching practices and a student-centered learning environment. Students majoring in Psychology cultivate strong critical thinking and communication skills that support multiple career goals, including graduate school and entry into the global workforce. Our students also are exposed to concepts and experiences that cultivate understanding and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and global responsibility. Additional information about the Psychology Program can be viewed here:

Required Qualifications:
• A Ph.D. in Psychology completed no later than August 2019.
• The successful applicant will have served as the instructor of record for multiple courses and be able to demonstrate the ability to employ innovative pedagogical practices that generate active and engaged learning.
• Advanced training/experience utilizing research methodologies and statistical procedures for understanding human behavior.
• An active research program, with the potential to involve undergraduate student collaborators, as demonstrated by presentations at academic conferences and publication of scientific and/or pedagogy-related articles.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through one’s teaching and scholarship.

Candidate’s Diversity Statement. As a department and college, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. For the diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. This can be done through a variety of means, including discussing one’s lived experiences and identities, demonstrated awareness of diversity and inclusion topics, and integration of diversity and inclusion into one’s teaching and scholarship. We encourage applicants to reference Westminster College’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) prior to writing this statement, located here:

About Westminster:

Westminster College is a place for self-reliant students of all backgrounds who seek lives of consequence. We are a private, independent college that has been advancing the liberal arts tradition in Utah since 1875. Our historic campus is the center of Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood. Our mountain vistas inspire exploration, our urban surroundings provide endless opportunities, and our small classes promote inclusive dialogue. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Our devoted faculty challenge students to engage their curiosity and pursue their passions through purpose-driven academic programs. Westminster is a place for expanding your worldview, innovating for the future, and launching a meaningful life. For more information visit
Westminster College is committed to a diversified workforce, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination. To this end, Westminster prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race or ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, disabilities, genetic information, status as a veteran, or any other category or classification protected by applicable federal, state, or city laws.
If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jonathan Amburgey, Psychology Department Chair, at [email protected]

How to apply

For application instructions, please consult the online job board ( Review of applications will begin on June 24 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application that demonstrates competencies in the above qualifications will include:
1. Curriculum Vita
2. A cover letter that highlights specific qualifications for the position, including a discussion of your area(s) of training and expertise, past teaching experiences, and your preparation to teach and mentor students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
3. A diversity statement. See instructions below.
4. Sample syllabi and sample assignments that demonstrate your approach to teaching/facilitating student learning.
5. Contact information for three professional references.

Founded in 1875, Westminster is a nationally recognized, private comprehensive liberal arts college (the only one in Utah!).Our unique environment for learning prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences, and our vibrant campus community.