Transylvania University (www.transy.edu), a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Psychology. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 26, 2022. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research, and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds. Candidates are encouraged, in their cover letter, to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in Behavioral Neuroscience and/or working with animal models in psychology. Applicants with an interest in biological psychology, animal learning, and comparative psychology are particularly encouraged, especially regarding relationships between brain function and behavior. The successful candidate will teach a Biopsychology course required within our neuroscience program. Ability to teach more specialized topics within Behavioral Neuroscience, such as Behavioral Pharmacology, Comparative Neuroscience and Cognition, or Evolution of the Nervous System would also be beneficial. Contributions to teaching core classes such as General Psychology, Statistics/Methods and Senior Seminar are expected. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about attracting, teaching, and mentoring historically underrepresented groups in Psychology. Occasional contributions to First-Year programing and service as an academic adviser are also expected. The teaching load consists of three courses per semester, plus one short-term course in May (3-3-1) that offers additional opportunities for travel courses, team-taught courses and other more experimental classroom endeavors. Other responsibilities include academic scholarship/professional activity, preferably involving undergraduate students, and service to the university through various committee appointments. The university also has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds faculty (and student) scholarly research and artistic projects.
A terminal degree (Ph.D.) is required by the start date. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience, particularly within the context of psychology. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to continuing their own professional work along with a commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary dialogue, and working collaboratively with other faculty and with students both within the Psychology Program and across disciplines within a liberal arts environment.
To begin the application process, submit one PDF that contains your curriculum vitae, your unofficial graduate transcripts, statements of teaching and research philosophies, statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community. This PDF, along with your cover letter, may be submitted by following the job openings link at http://www.transy.edu/jobs. If you have confidential letters of recommendation, those can be sent to PsychJob@transy.edu. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be asked to provide official graduate transcripts at a later date. Send questions specific to this search to Dr. Iva Katzarska-Miller, search committee chair, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until an appointment is made.
Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by the Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors and 39 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students.
Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.