PSYCHOLOGY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT - Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The Department of Psychology and Child Development within the College of Liberal Arts seeks applicants for one full-time, academic-year, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Multicultural Psychology starting September 7, 2017. Candidates for the position must have a PhD in clinical, counseling, community or social psychology or related field completed by the time of hire and demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to underrepresented populations. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal.
Candidates must also show a strong commitment to teaching excellence and provide evidence of professional activity that keeps them abreast of knowledge and developments within their discipline. The position involves teaching courses in multicultural psychology, psychology of gender, and/or human sexuality, and potential development of courses such as diversity within organizations, multicultural perspectives on family systems, communities, and/or trauma and other courses as related to the area of expertise. Additional courses may include: self and identity, research methods, introductory psychology, and other existing core or elective courses. Ideal candidates will possess a commitment to broadening the scope of psychology to include traditionally underrepresented groups, as demonstrated through one's research and/or course content.
Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The teaching load averages 12 units per quarter (with course load reductions in each of the first two years to help establish one's professional development activities), with correspondingly reasonable expectations for scholarship and service.
The College of Liberal Arts strongly values inclusion and diversity especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This is one of seven searches in the College of Liberal Arts intended to increase curricular coverage of areas related to inclusivity and diversity, and successful candidates will be expected to contribute to strengthening the college's efforts in these areas. The other searches are for positions in Communication Studies, English, History, and Social Sciences. It is anticipated that a minimum of four hires will be made across these searches.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the curriculum and the campus community at large. Candidates who can contribute to this goal in their teaching and scholarly work are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in these areas. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, faculty are expected to exhibit strong pedagogical skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty should be engaged in scholarly work that is of very high quality as evidenced by external peer review. As colleagues, it is appropriate for faculty to perform service activities at all levels of the University. Faculty should build collaborative relationships across the University and with colleagues at other universities.
Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills
PhD in clinical, counseling, community or social psychology or related field completed by the time of hire and demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to underrepresented populations.
Preferred Qualifications / Skills
Excellence in university-level teaching experience.