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Assistant Professor - Social; Open Rank - Motivation

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
The Department of Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking to fill up to two joint tenure-track positions, pending budgetary approval.

One is an open-rank position in the area of motivation. This search focuses on applicants at the Associate and Full Professor levels, but outstanding candidates at the advanced Assistant Professor level will be considered. Senior applicants should be highly visible scholars with active research programs and track records of extramural funding. Applicants are expected to affiliate with one or more of the graduate training programs in the Psychology Department (see below).

The second is an Assistant Professor position in the area of social psychology.

For both positions, the ability to complement and extend the strengths of the Psychology Department and LRDC is essential, as is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate training.

The Psychology Department (http://www.psychology.pitt.edu) is committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has 35 tenure-stream faculty and houses five graduate training programs: Biological and Health, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social, as well as cross-program training opportunities. The interdisciplinary nature of psychological science is reflected in both faculty research interests and training opportunities afforded to graduate students.

LRDC (http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu) is a University Center that brings together leading researchers from several disciplines whose work focuses on human cognition and learning, the structure of knowledge, effective schooling and training, and educational policy. In addition to providing a supportive environment for basic research on the cognitive, motivational, and social bases of knowledge acquisition and use, LRDC is committed to applying research findings to improving learning and performance in schools and workplaces. Successful candidates will pursue research programs that contribute to these areas.

Faculty in the Psychology Department and LRDC collaborate with colleagues in several other units at the University of Pittsburgh, including the School of Education, the Center for Neuroscience, and the School of Medicine (including Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic). In addition, faculty participate in several joint enterprises with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, including the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (http://learnlab.org) and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu).

Applicants should apply electronically by sending a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and up to three papers to joint@pitt.edu. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the above email address with the following subject heading: the applicant’s last name and the word “recommendation.”

Deadline for submitting applications is October 15, 2012.

Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to the chair of the search committee, John Levine (jml@pitt.edu). Please include the word “joint” in the subject line.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

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