Assistant Professor in Biological Psychology, Tenure-Track

  • University of Minnesota - Morris
  • Morris, MN 56267, USA
  • Oct 11, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description

The University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) seeks to fill an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Biological Psychology. We are looking for someone to teach an annual course load of 20 credits (typically 5 classes), which will include the following courses: Biological Psychology, Capstone Seminar in Biological Psychology, and other courses consistent with the candidate’s expertise. Additionally, we are seeking a person who will fit with the needs of the department, which could include teaching Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, Comparative Psychology, and other courses to be negotiated.   Other responsibilities include supervising individual student projects, advising undergraduates, and providing service to the psychology discipline and to the campus.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in the liberal arts and will engage with our students inside and outside of the classroom.  UMM emphasizes close student-faculty relationships and faculty-directed student research. An active research program is expected, and research collaboration with undergraduate students is highly valued.  In terms of research facilities, there is a suite of rooms designed for human behavioral and psychophysiological research. The animal facility has several colony rooms that can house up to 200 rats or 450 mice as well as other small mammals, and behavioral testing equipment for rats and mice. Those rooms are connected to the wet lab; major lab equipment includes a laminar flow hood and ELISA plate reader. 

 Position begins August 17, 2020. Salary and teaching load is competitive. Prefer Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field (appointment as Assistant Professor), but will consider outstanding ABD (appointment as Instructor).

 A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1600 is supported by approximately 130 faculty members with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

 UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications –  U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.

 To apply for this position, complete the basic application on-line at the U of M Online Employment System at (upload CV only).  Choose Job ID # 333571. Send via e- mail attachment (to, subject line Psychology Search - Your Last Name, no later than Nov 13): i) a curriculum vitae; ii) a cover letter; iii) unofficial copies of graduate transcripts; iv) research statement demonstrating your research potential or productivity; v) up to three research publications; vi) teaching statement including evidence of teaching effectiveness. UMM highly values diversity and encourages applicants to describe their experiences in any portion of the application materials.   If you are selected for a phone interview for the position then you will need to also submit three letters of reference and official transcript of highest degree conferred prior to the phone interview (same address, same subject).  Application review will begin on November 13th and will continue until the position is filled.  For questions concerning the status or process of your application, contact Sharon Severance,, 320-589-6200.  For other questions related to this search, contact Dennis Stewart, Psychology Search Chair:, 320-589-6196. 

 The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

 UMN Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. UMN Morris is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

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 Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.