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Assistant Professor of Social Psychology

UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI United States
The Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track) to begin in August 2014. The department is home to a vibrant community of teacher-scholars who share a strong commitment to diversity and to mentoring undergraduate students in research, both as independent researchers in a well established honors program and as research assistants to faculty. We seek a social psychologist who will be a dedicated teacher, an active scholar, and an effective mentor for students from diverse backgrounds, with varied preparation for learning and a wide variety of career goals. The specific area of expertise within social psychology is open, but we will give preference to applicants with teaching experience and those who are interested in teaching an undergraduate course in industrial/organizational psychology.

Responsibilities for this position include teaching undergraduate courses in industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology, and one or more of the following: leadership, groups, relationships, social cognition, or the candidate's area of specialization. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence as a teacher and advisor and to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students.

All requirements for a doctoral degree in social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or a related field, including dissertation, must be completed prior to the August 2014 start date. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience working with diverse populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Academic year salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with excellent fringe benefits and insurance programs.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as '... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.' The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of 'America's Best Colleges' for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are over 400 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten 'Best Places to Live' in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Please submit a cover letter with reference to job posting #0600662 that addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements (individually as 'Other' documents during the application process), and a contact information document that includes the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three references who can speak to the applicant's skills in teaching, mentoring, research, and/or professional experience outside academia.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Grace Deason, Social Psychology Search Chair, at gdeason@uwlax.edu.

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