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Assistant Professor in Psychology (Biological Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience)

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 19, 2022

Position Title
Assistant Professor in Psychology (Biological Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience)

Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Position Number

Psychology - 250800

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field with training in Animal Models in Behavioral Neuroscience. ABD will be considered, but must successfully complete the degree before position start date.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience; Psychopharmacology
  • The Department is particularly interested in applicants committed to undergraduate education and creating pedagogical and empirical collaborations.
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Psychology Department has 38 full-time faculty members (31 tenure-track) with master’s programs in Experimental, Industrial-Organizational and Human Resource Management, and School Psychology, as well as a newly launched Doctor of Psychology Program in Clinical Psychology (established Fall 2019). There are approximately 1400 undergraduate psychology majors and 80 full-time graduate students. Additional information about the Department of Psychology, the University, and the surrounding area is located on the Psychology website .

The new hire will be affiliated with the Experimental Psychology MA program, which includes 14 tenure-track faculty members. The program aims to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs or to directly enter the workforce.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will have the use of lab space within the College of Arts and Sciences Animal Resource Facility ( ARF ). The suite consists of a central room surrounded by four observation/work rooms. Each of these rooms has ports for cable access, and two of the rooms have observation windows. Two rooms have a set of 8 MED Associates Modular Test Chambers (16 total, each chamber is in an enclosure, details available on request). Lighting is controlled independently in each of the five rooms. All drawer, cabinet, and shelf space is in the central room.

In addition to colony rooms with one specifically adjacent to the Psychology Lab suite, the ARF provides shared spaces for research use such as a morgue with a fume hood. There are pre-op with an autoclave and surgery facilities. The surgery space allows for rodent surgery. Additionally, the ARF houses a variety of species and provides some additional research space.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate how they will contribute to the department’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in the areas of research (as appropriate), teaching, and/or service. The successful candidate will teach 3 courses per semester which may include a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. Undergraduate courses will likely include biological psychology and other topics in the candidate’s area of research. Graduate courses will likely include Biological Bases of Behavior. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a program of empirical inquiry to include peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and external grant applications. Candidates will be expected to involve undergraduate and graduate students in their research programs.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript-Graduate
  4. Statement of Teaching Interests
  5. Statement of Research Interests
  6. Diversity Statement
  7. List of References with Contact Information (Minimum of 3)

This position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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