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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Jan 31, 2023

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Sweet Briar is a liberal arts college for women with a long history of forging female leaders.  Sweet Briar College is repeatedly named by the US News and World Report as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the nation.  Sweet Briar College is growing rapidly, attracting students who are drawn to it for its excellent liberal arts program, coupled with distinctive programs in women leadership, engineering, sustainability, arts and its legendary equestrian program. Its finances are robust, and validated by balanced budget and positive bond ratings.

Located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 54 miles south of Charlottesville. Its campus is one of the nation’s most spectacular, replete with nature sanctuaries, lakes, forests, trails, and most recently, vineyards, apiary and greenhouses.

The College boasts a modern core curriculum focused on women's leadership in the 21st century and undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. It is one of only two women’s colleges in the United States with an ABET-accredited engineering degree. The women’s leadership core curriculum is innovative and energizing.

When students graduate, they are persuasive communicators who know how to think on their feet and bring people together. No matter what they study or where they go, Sweet Briar women are prepared to lead. The campus community is a family of faculty, staff, coaches, and alumnae who support and encourage students and each other. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, students lead research, ask questions and forge supportive relationships with faculty that can last for decades.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.


Job Title:   Assistant Professor of Psychology


Classification:  Full-time, benefits eligible, tenure-track faculty position


Reports To: STEM Division Head


Job Summary/Objective:


Sweet Briar College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology faculty position beginning Fall 2023 in the area of Cognitive Psychology.  We are especially interested in candidates who incorporate behavioral learning, physiological, or neuroscientific perspectives in their research. The candidate must be committed to teaching excellence in a liberal arts community while maintaining an active program of scholarly research that involves undergraduates. A research laboratory and startup monies are available. Teaching assignments are 3/3, and preference will go to candidates who can successfully teach Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Sensation/Perception, along with shared departmental courses (Introductory Psychology, Research Methods).  The College’s academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make contributions to our women’s leadership core curriculum, and candidates can also develop courses in one’s area of specialty or interest.


Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives. 


Required Qualifications:


  • A Ph.D. or ABD in Cognitive Psychology or related field from an accredited institution;   Demonstrated excellence in teaching;  Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching, and service; and  Excellent communication skills.

How to Apply:


To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; and 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. The materials should be assembled to a single pdf and loaded into the job application portal.  Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled. 




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