Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Denver

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Psychology is a research-oriented department which values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation. By investing in the people who comprise our department, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment. Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good. The University values Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about our commitments at the University of Denver, please visit

DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant urban center in the Rocky Mountain region, home to more than 3 million people. DU is comprised of 5800 undergraduates (600+ psychology majors), 8000 graduate students, and 700+ full-time faculty.  

Position Summary

We seek well-qualified candidates for a 1-year full-time visiting teaching assistant professor (VTAP) position in the department of psychology at the University of Denver. This position involves teaching eight courses distributed among fall, winter, and spring quarters. In addition, the VTAP will hold office hours and regularly communicate with students and prepare for courses. Specifically, this position will be expected to teach a graduate level course in correlation and regression, as well undergraduate courses in statistics, introduction to psychology, and lifespan development. Successful applicants must hold a Ph.D. in psychology or a related field (or be A.B.D in an appropriate Ph.D. program), have experience teaching psychology courses with available teaching evaluations, the ability to communicate effectively with undergraduates, teach using universal design and inclusive teaching principles, and the ability to use computer assisted course management and presentation methods. 

Essential Functions

The department operates on the quarter system. The (VTAP) will teach eight courses in Psychology as assigned by the department chair. In addition, the VTAP will hold office hours and regularly communicate with students and prepare for courses. The (VTAP) must have the ability to communicate effectively with undergraduates, teach using universal design and inclusive teaching principles, and the ability to use computer assisted teaching and course management and presentation methods. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Teaching experience in psychology courses.
  • Experience in culturally diverse settings.
  • Background working with culturally diverse populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology (ABD considered for a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor hire). Previous experience in teaching and advising undergraduates.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with previous experience of instruction, advising, and faculty-level participation in department of psychology in an accredited university.
  • Experience in curriculum and course development, innovative pedagogy, and contributions to inclusive excellence.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Ability to sit or stand in front of a classroom for an extended period of time.
3. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 15, 2023. Position will remain open until filled. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$54,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Teaching statement
  3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement

The separate DEI statement should be a succinct description of how the candidate’s teaching, and/or service contribute to DEI (

  1. C.V.
  2. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide letters of recommendation.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: May 16, 2023
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