Teaching Assistant Professor - General Psychology

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Allied Health and Social Care, Psychology/Counselling
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Teaching Assistant Professor - General Psychology - #002061 Department Psychology Position Summary WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a "Get Vaccinated or Get Tested" policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month Fixed-Term faculty position at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor. Anticipated begin work date is August 2022. This position will remain open until filled, but the search committee will begin its review of applications beginning November 7, 2021.

The area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will demonstrate prior experience with teaching undergraduate courses in psychology. Given that the primary focus of the position is on teaching, we are particularly interested in candidates who are student-centered, creative, energetic, and committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment for our students. Examples of undergraduate courses that the faculty member may teach include, but is not limited to: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and courses in the faculty member's discipline. As a regional comprehensive university, we value engagement and mentoring of students. As such, the faculty member is expected to advise undergraduates in the major. Additionally, most courses are offered in person, but integrate technology. Thus, prior experience with Learning Management Systems (e.g., Canvas) is helpful. The typical teaching load for Fixed Term faculty is 4/4 (fall/spring).

About the Psychology Department at WCU: This is a very exciting time of development and growth in the Psychology Department at Western Carolina University (WCU). Our department currently has openings for two tenure-track positions and one fixed-term position. At the undergraduate level, the psychology major is WCU's second largest major. At the graduate level, we welcomed the first cohort into our new Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Health Service Psychology (Combined Clinical-School) program in August 2019. In addition, the department houses a Master's program in Clinical Psychology and a Specialist in School Psychology graduate program.

About the Region: Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system. As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, WCU attracts students from around the globe for its nationally ranked programs, affordability through NC Promise and exceptional student support. Recognized as a top adventure college and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, students can explore the region's vast natural diversity through unrivaled experiential learning and recreational activities. WCU offers 120 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities with WCU recently being voted the Top Adventure College in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Commitment to Diversity/Equity: All departments within the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP) at Western Carolina University, including the department of psychology, are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. At the CEAP, we value our faculty's and staff's unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. CEAP faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals. Racial and ethnic minoritized individuals, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Carnegie statement WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship. Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications Doctoral degree in Psychology or closely related field; or a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) degree; obtained by the date of employment. Preferred Qualifications Demonstrated evidence of excellent undergraduate teaching abilities. Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9 Open Date 11/03/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Hard copy materials will not be accepted.

Required attachments include:
Cover letter, CV, teaching statement/teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree, list of 3 professional references with complete contact information.

Optional supporting documents (e.g., evidence of teaching effectiveness).

For more information, please contact Dr. Kia Asberg, search committee chair at kasberg@wcu.edu Background/E-Verify Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. Credential Verification All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. AA/EOE Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu. University Safety The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety. Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. Evidence of Teaching Effectivenes
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: Cullowhee, NC - 28723

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