The Department of Psychology at Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will have documented evidence of teaching excellence in the area of BIOPSYCHOLOGY/NEUROSCIENCE, a research program capable of involving students, and a commitment to serving a diverse student population. Candidates who teach in the area of Biopsychology, and are interested in teaching Research Methods & Statistics and Introduction to Psychology will be preferred. Biopsychology courses the department offers include: Biopsychology, Drugs & Behavior, Sensation & Perception, Learning, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Hormones & Behavior. Opportunities to teach other courses related to the candidate’s background or interests are possible.
Standard teaching load is 21 semester hours per academic year, which translates as three courses per semester with usually only two preps. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service to the department/college/university.
A PhD from an accredited college/university, or ABD status, in Biopsychology, Neuroscience, or a related field with demonstrated connections to Biopsychology is required. A candidate with ABD status would be considered at the Instructor rank until the PhD has been completed.
Mercer University is a private university distinguished by its commitment to teaching, empowering and inspiring its students to create, discover, and serve. The university offers rigorous programs to more than 8,700 students enrolled in schools of liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, theology, and professional advancement. The highly selective, residential, undergraduate-only College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolls over 1,900 students. Among first-year students in 2022, 27% are 1st generation college students, 33% are Pell-eligible, and 52% are Black/African American, Asian, or Hispanic/Latinx. The College, which hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, respectful dialog, and responsible citizenry. It is located in the historic city of Macon, Georgia, which is the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Middle Georgia, an hour and a half south of Atlanta.
Mercer's Department of Psychology has 9 faculty members, offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees, and has the second-largest major in CLAS with over 180 majors. In addition, Psychology and Biology faculty formed an interdisciplinary Neuroscience program, which has more than 100 majors. For additional information about Mercer University and the Department of Psychology email the search committee chair Dr. Amy Borchardt, Borchardt_ar@mercer.edu, or consult the following websites:
|Special Instructions to Applicants
1) A Cover Letter addressing interest in teaching in a liberal arts setting with diverse students, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) a statement of Teaching Philosophy and experience including candidate’s approach to teaching a diverse student population, 4) Recent evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer observations, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi), 5) a statement of Research Program capable of incorporating undergraduate students, 6) contact information for 3 professional references.
Optional: If desired, include an optional statement on how COVID has affected your research in the “Other” documents section.
Candidates should complete a brief online application and attach the aforementioned required documents.
Candidates selected for the first round of interviews will send, upon request, unofficial graduate transcripts (redact any personal or private identifying information including, but not limited to: social security number, birthdate, race or gender, before submitting) and three confidential letters of recommendation that specifically address teaching ability and research directly to Dr. Amy Borchardt at email@example.com.
The successful candidate must submit official transcripts prior to employment.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.