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Assistant Professor of Psychology - Personality and Individual Differences

Application Window

Open date: August 13th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service, and who can address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Personality and Individual Differences. We seek applications from individuals whose scholarship includes excellent research in any area of personality psychology; the scholarly significance and potential of a candidate’s research program is more important than their specific area of research.

As one of the country’s leading research institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, including (but not limited to) underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, and undocumented students. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized communities. The successful candidate will also have a track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clear vision of how their work at UC Davis will contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Candidates are requested to submit a statement describing (a) their track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as (b) their plans for future engagement (see https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement for guidance and information about the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion). This statement will be carefully read as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.

Applicants must have a PhD by the time of appointment, an active research program relevant to the field of personality psychology, a strong commitment to quality teaching and mentoring, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the potential to attract (or an established record of attracting) extramural funding.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement describing their current research and future research goals, a teaching statement describing their experience as well as beliefs and practices related to effective teaching, and a statement outlining their past and planned efforts to contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of their academic community. The first round of review will focus on evaluating the research and diversity statements, which will be anonymized to reduce potential for bias based on identity. In addition, applicants should submit at least 3 letters of recommendation and up to 3 representative publications (or preprints). All application materials should be submitted electronically at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04383.

The start date for this position is July 1, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Applications submitted by September 30th, 2021 will receive full consideration. Feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Richard W. Robins, at rwrobins@ucdavis.edu, with any questions about the search or position. The department and UC Davis are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about benefits, potential relocation to Davis, career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, and other resources for new faculty, please visit: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/new-faculty.

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, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

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: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Ph.D. or equivalent in a field of psychology or a related field - anticipated by July 1st, 2022

Preferred qualifications
    • Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in the discipline of psychology.
    • Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate (if applicable) activities
    • Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities
    • Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that have been historically excluded from the academy through teaching, research, and/or service.
    • Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences
    • Willingness and interest to teach and advise undergraduates
    • Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor Ph.D. students
    • Evidence of communication and perspective-taking skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - The research statement should describe your research to date and future research goals.

  • Statement of Teaching - The teaching statement should describe your experience as well as beliefs and practices related to effective teaching.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in this statement will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested. Statements will be evaluated based on (1) past contributions to improving diversity and inclusion in education and/or research and (2) vision and plans for how the candidate’s work will continue to contribute to UC Davis’ mission to serve the needs of our diverse state and student population and create an inclusive campus.

  • Representative publication or preprint 1 (Optional)

  • Representative publication or preprint 2 (Optional)

  • Representative publication or preprint 3 (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are
    selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:
    https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04383

Help contact: ycpersonnel@ucdavis.edu

Job location

Davis, CA