Seattle Pacific University - Assistant Professor of Psychology

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 23, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University invites students to explore or go deeper in Christian faith. We want students to understand and serve the world through this lens. With our uncompromising commitment to academic challenge and rigor, as exemplified by the "Best National University" ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Pacific utilizes Seattle as our campus, exposing more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students to challenges and opportunities, helping them anticipate and shape the future in a thriving, world-class city.

Diversity Statement:

Due to our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an exceptional and diverse community. With approximately 350 faculty and 450 staff, 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 recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation, a core theme of the gospel, and inseparable from our Christian faith. We strive to become a workplace that recruits, develops, and retains faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey as a faculty or staff member. Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and employee ongoing opportunities to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

Job Description:

Full-time, one-year position, at the rank of assistant professor, beginning September 1, 2021. Subject to approval of funding, this position may convert into a tenure-track position in September 1, 2022. Teaching and advising responsibilities will be in the undergraduate Department of Psychology in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.

Faculty duties include teaching, mentoring, and advising students, service to the university, as well as establishing an active program of research. Teaching responsibilities may include: Lifespan Development, Community Psychology, Health Psychology, Forensics Psychology, Research Methods, and courses in the applicant's area of expertise.


The ideal candidate for this position possesses a Ph.D., teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and a clearly articulated plan of research with a record of scholarly productivity. Preference will be given to candidates with a research and teaching interest in two or more of the following areas: developmental psychology, health psychology, forensics psychology, social justice, community psychology, or related area.

Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants who are 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 in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service. More than forty percent of our students are persons of color, and a significant number of our students are first generation college students (see student profile). Thus, applicants who can demonstrate effective mentoring of students from underrepresented backgrounds are especially welcomed.

The School of Psychology, Family and Community (SPFC), of which the Psychology Department is a part, is committed to an intentional and sustained school-wide effort to hire and support a diverse faculty. An example of a structure that is currently in place is the SPFC Diversity Committee, which will provide any new faculty member with relevant support as they acclimate to the department and school.

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.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be completed no later than May 15, 2021. Review of applications will begin on May 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. In addition to the SPU faculty employment application please upload a faith statement of approximately one page, and supporting documents (e.g., C.V., teaching philosophy, research trajectory). Only applications received through the online process (, will be accepted. The University reserves the right to fill the position before the deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.

All inquiries and requests for applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Baine Craft, Chair

Department of Psychology

Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Avenue West, Suite 107

Seattle, WA 98119-1922

(206) 281-2182

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