Lecturer in Physiological Psychology

Maine, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 22, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Psychology Department at the University of Southern Maine is welcoming applications fill a full time Lecturer position in Psychology with a specialization in Physiological Psychology. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence in their discipline to join a team of faculty in a growing department with a vibrant student body and warm community.  In addition to teaching, the faculty member will provide formal academic advising to Psychology majors.

The faculty member will design and teach a mix of the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics in Psychology, Experimental Methodology Lecture/Lab, and Physiological Psychology, in addition to other courses in alignment with the candidate’s expertise (e.g., Sensation and Perception and Drugs, Mind, and Behavior). We are especially interested in applicants who can demonstrate their direct contributions to students’ academic success and persistence through active and engaged learning, mentoring, and advising. The teaching load for this position is 4 courses per semester.

Primary duties will include, but are not limited to, undergraduate teaching in psychological science, effective student advising/mentoring, and service to the department, university, community, and discipline. The successful candidate may also have opportunities to teach courses that satisfy CORE requirements. The Department is housed within the College of Science, Technology, and Health. Department offices are located on the Portland campus where the majority of courses are held, but courses may be offered on any USM campus or online, depending upon faculty availability and interest, among other factors. For more information about the Department, please visit our website at https://usm.maine.edu/psy.

We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a faculty member who understands that promise and supports our values:  Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.  

We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff.  We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual.  Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

USM is the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. Our faculty are experts in their fields. USM provides promising students access to rigorous, inquiry-based teaching and fueled by research, innovation, and engagement with local, national, and global partners. Portland Maine’s metro area is home to over half a million people with a lively, livable community, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor recreation, beautiful beaches, and amazing food.


  • PhD in Physiological Psychology or related discipline (e.g., Biological Psychology or Brain, Behavior, & Cognition) by the time of appointment (estimated 9/1/2021).
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching physiological psychology and other relevant courses.
  • Experience/interest in applying innovative learning practices (e.g., flipped classroom, discussion-based instruction).
  • Commitment to/experience in fully engaging with students as an instructor and advisor.
  • Commitment to departmental, university, community, and disciplinary service.

Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Benefits Information Summary

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Apply online at: https://usm.hiretouch.com/view-all-jobs.  You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including experience with and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches, and representative student evaluations, cv/resume, and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All materials must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, April 23, 2021

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).