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Assistant Professor of Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience or Personality / Social Psychology

Union College of New York
Schenectady, New York
Posted Date
Aug 10, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Psychology at Union College, Schenectady, New York, seeks an excellent scholar specializing in Personality/Social Psychology. Area of specialization is less important than research excellence. Areas of research that would complement our existing department include, but are not limited to: personality processes and individual differences, social cognition, interpersonal and intergroup relations, psychology of diversity, social neuroscience, prejudice and discrimination, emotion/affective science, bias, and/or social development. 


Our new colleagues will offer courses at a variety of levels, including content courses and senior seminars in their area of expertise. An ability to teach statistics and introductory psychology would also be helpful, as would the ability to provide a psychological or neuroscientific perspective on topics that contribute to the College's General Education curriculum, including courses that contribute to students' understanding of and appreciation for Global Challenges and Justice, Equity, Identity, and Difference. 


We expect that our new colleagues will establish and maintain high-quality research programs that involve our undergraduate students. PhD by appointment date preferred. The College and department provide outstanding research support, including generous startup funds, ongoing internal funding opportunities for both faculty and student research. Shared departmental resources include brand-new EEG and eye-tracking equipment that allow for simultaneous data acquisition. 


Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies. The Psychology department currently provides support for the Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Neuroscience programs. Although all candidates specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience and Personality/Social Psychology encouraged to apply, those who can support any Interdisciplinary Studies programs including those listed above, especially those with community-engagement interests (e.g., Africana Studies) are especially encouraged to apply. Regardless of specific background or expertise, we encourage all to apply, as we are committed to considering a wide range of candidates to enrich our academic community. 


Founded in 1795, Union College is a small, selective, private college with a history of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Both the College and the department take great pride in offering our students rigorous and engaging learning experiences and the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research. Teaching load is two courses per ten-week trimester. 


The College is located in New York’s Capital Region, a metropolitan area of over one million people. Our region offers affordable, livable neighborhoods and a variety of interesting cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition, both New York City and Boston are located within a three-hour drive from campus. 


The salary range for this position is $80,000-82,000, commensurate with experience. Union offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, life and disability coverage, and generous retirement and tuition benefit packages. For more information, please visit our website:


Union College is an equal-opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity, but to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. As such, we welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations. 


Application deadline is September 18. We ask that candidates submit the following via our portal at (1) an application letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statements of teaching and research interests, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness including all course evaluations and peer evaluations that are available, (5) evidence of scholarship including peer-reviewed publications, and (6) a statement describing experience working with diverse student populations and/or the ability to contribute to a diverse community. Questions may be directed to George Bizer, chair of the search committee, at 


Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

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