Assistant Professor of Psychology

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 15, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively in a multicultural academic community. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience with diverse populations and issues in equity.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

About the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology includes B.A., B.S., and M.S. degree programs. The B.A. is designed for students with a broad range of career and graduate school interests typically related to direct practice. Curricular tracks available in the B.A. program include clinical/counseling psychology, community psychology, cross-cultural psychology, data analytics, developmental psychology, social-personality psychology, and sports psychology. The B.S. is designed for students desiring to integrate psychology and natural sciences. Curricular tracks available in the B.S. program include animal behavior and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Scheduled to launch in fall 2021, the one-year MS program in Research Psychology provides opportunities for students with advanced research skills to gain further preparation for doctoral programs or employment as research psychologists.

Job Description:

Position: The Department of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University invites applications for an 11-month, non-tenure track, Assistant Professor position in the B.A., B.S. and M.S. programs, starting September 2021.

Description: We seek a faculty member to teach undergraduate and master's coursework with a focus on research and broader topics relevant to undergraduate Psychology curriculum; provide academic advising; supervise student research; assist program administration; participate in service, and foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and master's-level courses, mentor and advise students in research and classroom activities, assist program administration, and participate in service within the department, school, and University. 


  • Earned doctoral degree in Psychology (ABD candidates may be considered). 
  • Alignment with SPU's ecumenical Christian mission as expressed in the SPU's Statement of Faith.
  • Strong teaching and academic advising experience preferred.  

Additional Information:

Salary and compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Only applications received through the online process ( will be considered. The online application requires an official SPU application form and a faith statement of approximately one page, please also submit a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page and other supporting documents such as syllabi of courses previously taught and copies of teaching evaluations when possible as separate documents.  Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information, contact: 

Dr. Baine Craft

Chair, Department Psychology

Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Avenue West

Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: (206) 281-2182


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