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Assistant Professor and Assistant or Associate Professor of Psychology

New College - Arizona State University
ASU’s West Campus
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022

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Position Description:

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University is seeking TWO full-time, benefits-eligible faculty:

a) One tenure-eligible Associate Professor or tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology; and,

b) One tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology


Qualified candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be considered for either position. The current positions are part of the ongoing development of the Cognition, Behavior, and Information group at ASU, and coincides with a concerted effort to expand data-driven, computational, and human-centered research collaboratives within the School and across ASU. In the last two years, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences has successfully recruited two new tenure-track Assistant Professors directly in this field.

We are seeking scientists who are comfortable working across disciplinary boundaries to gain psychologically-grounded insights from large-scale naturally occurring and experimentally collected data. Ideally, applicants’ work will complement and expand upon the Cognition, Behavior, and Information group’s broad goals of using computational and data science methods to tackle real-world problems within the social and cognitive sciences. Given a new era of technology and data collection is revolutionizing how we understand human behavior – be it with machine learning and artificial intelligence, causal inference with big data, or analytics and corpus methods – we purposefully avoid narrow restrictions on applicants’ interest areas or competencies. We also welcome applications from scholars whose formal training might not include psychology so long as their work demonstrates strong ties to psychological theory and are capable of publishing in disciplinary journals in psychology and cognitive science.

We also anticipate that a new hire will be closely involved in the development of the Cognition, Behavior, and Information group’s education initiatives. We are in the initial stages of building a novel program that will equip undergraduate and graduate students with the statistical and advanced data science tools they will need to study human behavior. This program aims to be maximally inclusive, serving students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and who possess a range of technical skills. We encourage applicants to share their vision for the development of such a program and the topics they would cover, as well as the role they would take in helping to shape it.


About the School:

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is presently in a period of expansion and innovation around new programs in Psychology, including Cognition, Behavior, and Information; Forensic Psychology; and Resilience in Social Environments. More information about ASU’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can be found at Information on the Cognition, Behavior, and Information research group can be found at

The School is also actively engaged in collaborations that cut across disciplinary boundaries, evidenced by a recent College-wide initiative that brings together scientists in areas as diverse as computer science, biology, and communications—i.e., the Biological and Behavioral, Computational and Critical (B2C2) Data Initiative. More information on the B2C2 Data Initiative can be found at

We also encourage applicants to learn more about ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences:

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

New College strives to uphold values of cultural and intellectual diversity and to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can thrive, share ideas, and pursue their goals.


Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Conduct and publish high quality research in the field of Psychology and/or Cognitive Science
  • Effectively teach, supervise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Teach courses in relevant areas
  • Engage in service activities to support the unit, college, and university



Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field by the time of appointment

Desired Qualifications:  

  • For the tenure-eligible Associate Professor or tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology position, preference will be given to scholars currently at the advanced Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor level
  • Have a research agenda that uses computational approaches to study human behavior
  • Demonstrated excellence in research commensurate with appointment at the level of Assistant Professor at Arizona State University or, if applying as an Associate Professor, meet the criteria for tenure and promotion at Arizona State University. 
  • Demonstrates strong ties to psychological theory and is capable of publishing in disciplinary journals in psychology and cognitive science
  • Research interests that complement current faculty in the Cognition, Behavior, and Information group
  • Evidence of the potential to establish a strong, externally-funded research program
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting interdisciplinary collaborations in research
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first generation students
  • Evidence of experience or interest in teaching courses related to the application of data science to studying human behavior
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students to conduct research at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • Experience contributing to curricular and program development.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is December 1st, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. For assistance with your application, or for position-related questions, contact


Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to


Applications must contain:

  • A letter of application that addresses the required and desired qualifications (approximately 3 to 5 pages total recommended); applicants are also encouraged to share their vision for a statistical/data science education initiative, and applicants are encouraged to address how they have pursued and/or plan to pursue reproducible science goals in their work   
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information
  • Three representative papers (either published or unpublished)
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number; references will not be contacted during initial review and will only be contacted after candidate notification)
  • A statement with specific examples and indication of impact that describes how your teaching interests and experience have intersected with and/or will contribute to matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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