Department of Psychology PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Portland State University’s Department of Psychology invites applications for a renewable, non-tenure-track teaching faculty position starting September 16, 2016, in the areas of neuroscience and/or human learning and cognition and/or human development and/or human diversity.

We are seeking scholars whose undergraduate teaching and mentoring can serve students from diverse groups and whose courses address diversity, broadly defined. We consider diversity in psychological science to focus on the study and understanding of how human experience, functioning, and potential are embedded in broader societal contexts, cultures, and identities. These include (but are not limited to) racial, ethnic, social class, gender, sexual, immigrant, disability, age, and religious identities and contexts, and their intersections. Especially important are processes of discrimination, bias, prejudice, stereotyping, oppression, empowerment, liberation, and resilience; as well as interventions, policies, and strategies to advance social justice and collective social action. Overall, we seek applicants whose undergraduate teaching, outreach, and service will enhance the department's diversity focus, while complementing existing department strengths.

Responsibilities. Appointments of Teaching Faculty are devoted primarily to undergraduate instruction and development of the undergraduate program. Such appointments include teaching, advising, and mentoring expectations congruent with creative, informed, and engaged undergraduate instruction, including involvement in design and development of courses, curriculum, and other facets of undergraduate education.

Teaching assignments include 36 credit hours over three quarters, or three 4-credit classes per quarter, including multiple sections of the core introductory course PSY 200 Psychology as a Natural Science or PSY 204 Psychology as a Social Science or PSY 311 Human Development; sections of core 300-level courses; and two small upper division courses in the area of the applicant’s expertise (neuroscience and/or human learning and cognition and/or human development and/or human diversity). Teaching Faculty are also expected to mentor undergraduate students in one of Psychology’s undergraduate curricular tracks. Upper division core courses include Introductory and Advanced Neurophysiological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Perception, Neurodiversity; Human Learning, Cognition, Memory, Learning in School Contexts, Diversity in Learning; Infant Development, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Poverty and Development; Development within Diverse Sociocultural Contexts; Psychology of Cultural  Diversity, Psychology of Race and Resilience, Social Class and Empowerment, Psychology of Prejudice, Ethics and Diversity, Psychology of Racial and Ethnic Identity, Psychology of Women.

Qualifications. This appointment requires a Ph.D. in Psychology (or a closely related field), expertise in neuroscience and/or human learning and cognition and/or human development and/or human diversity, and documented excellence in teaching large and small undergraduate classes in psychology.

Compensation. Annual salary rate dependent on qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package including healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or one dependent at any of the Oregon university system schools.

To apply. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience including interest and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, evidence of teaching experience (including summaries of teaching evaluations), and arrange for three letters of reference with knowledge of the candidate’s teaching qualifications to be submitted. Applications may be submitted electronically to Address questions to:, Chair of Psychology.

The Psychology Department, which includes 18 tenure-track and 20-25 part-time faculty, serves approximately 1300 undergraduate majors and offers classes of interest to undergraduate students from across campus. The department also supports a doctoral program in Applied Psychology, and values community-engaged and purpose-driven research and teaching. For more information about the Psychology Department, please visit

Portland State University, a comprehensive public university with a 49-acre downtown campus, is the largest, fastest-growing, and most diverse urban research institution in the state of Oregon. Portland State seeks to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse population through its curriculum, research, and community service activities. Portland State’s mission is to provide access through the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs.

Review of applications begins April 1, 2016 and continues until the position is filled. The position begins September16, 2016.

PSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution & welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. We encourage applications from scholars who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, national, and international perspectives to PSU’s work and campus communities.