Assistant Teaching Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience

University of California Los Angeles Department of Psychology

Assistant Teaching Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience in the UCLA Department of Psychology

Job #JPF07988
  • PSYCHOLOGY / L&S Life Sciences / UCLA

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Teaching Professor

Application Window

Open November 5, 2022 through Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by January 11, 2023, you will have until January 15, 2023 to complete your application.

Position description

The UCLA Department of Psychology seeks to hire a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor who will develop and teach courses in Behavioral Neuroscience. We are interested in applicants with experience employing active learning methods in the classroom and in teaching both general education and upper-division courses. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to engage in scholarly activities (e.g., contribute to research on pedagogy or contribute to research in another area with the support of undergraduate students or develop and disseminate innovative teaching materials).

The Assistant Teaching Professor position is a full-time faculty position with potential security of employment akin to tenure. Teaching Professors are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods. Teaching Professors are evaluated on their (1) teaching, (2) professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, (3) service, and (4) contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand or degree conferred no later than three months after hire. The Ph.D. should be in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should demonstrate a record of teaching excellence in courses relevant to Behavioral Neuroscience and the potential to contribute to the mentoring and service missions of the Department and University, particularly in regard to improving the quality of instruction. Applicants with a history of commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and other individuals who are underrepresented in the field, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. UCLA offers a diverse campus community and is a leader in advancing strategies to diversify its faculty. This includes recent initiatives such as Rising to the Challenge, Hispanic-Serving Institution initiative, and Native American/Pacific Islander Bruins Rising. UCLA has programs to assist in partner employment, childcare, schooling, and other family concerns. For additional information, visit the UCLA Academic Personnel Office website (https://apo.ucla.edu/faculty-career-development/work-life-balance) or the UC Office of the President’s website (https://www.ucop.edu/faculty-diversity/policies-guidelines/family-friendly-practices-and-policies/index.html and https://www.ucop.edu/faculty-diversity/policies-guidelines/index.html).

To ensure full consideration, the online application should be completed and submitted by January 11, 2023. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy of no more than three pages, a teaching portfolio that includes syllabi, evaluations, and instructional materials used in courses previously taught, and names and contact information of three recommenders. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date from applicants who progress to a later stage of review. UCLA and the UCLA Department of Psychology are firmly committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Therefore, in addition to the other materials, applicants should submit with their application a statement that addresses their past efforts, as well as future plans, to advance EDI in their teaching and service. Applicants should indicate their history of commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups in their cover letter or EDI statement. Additional information about the EDI statement is available at the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website (https://ucla.app.box.com/v/edi-statement-faqs). Requests for information should be sent to the search committee chair at SearchCommittee@psych.ucla.edu.

Apply at the following website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07988

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand or degree conferred no later than three months after hire. The Ph.D. should be in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Upload your most recently updated CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy - Upload a statement of teaching philosophy of no more than three pages
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
  • Teaching Portfolio - Upload a teaching portfolio that includes syllabi, evaluations, and instructional materials used in courses previously taught
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Include contact information for three recommenders. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date from applicants who progress to a later stage of review .

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07988

Help contact: scaruso@psych.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California 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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA