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Assistant Professor of Psychology(Social)/Dale J. Weary Faculty Fellow

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023
Job Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology(Social)/Dale J. Weary Faculty Fellow



Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

Research (40%)
Conduct research in area of expertise within Psychology. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scientist and scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and to present findings at professional conferences.

Teaching (40%)
  • Teach 4 courses/academic year in the Psychology department; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
  • Develop or teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.
Service (20%)
  • Tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, participating in regional or national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at-large.
  • Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at:
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants

Inquiries regarding the position and application can be directed to the chair of the search committee:
Dr. Chris Crandall
Department of Psychology

Position Number


Required Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Psychology from a social psychology program or closely related area.
  • Record of scholarly achievement with clear evidence of an ongoing research program.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and interest in teaching and mentoring at the graduate level.
  • Commitment to enhancing and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience



Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced methodological, statistical, modeling, data science or quantitative skills.
  • Potential for external funding for research.
  • Interest in engaging with the KU Social Program's lively and inclusive intellectual culture.
Position Overview

The University of Kansas (KU) seeks an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, with a focus on Social Psychology, to begin August 18, 2024. This is a titled Assistant Professorship (the Dale J. Weary Faculty Fellow), which provides extended research support through pre-tenure years. We seek a candidate whose research program would complement or enhance current strengths of the KU social psychology program in intergroup relations, motivation and emotion, personal relationships, and cultural psychology.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school on the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university, and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers opportunities to collaborate with its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and several allied social science and humanities disciplines.

The University of Kansas is in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community located 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, an affordable and progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively arts and music scene, along with numerous independently owned small businesses that contribute to a welcoming sense of community. The city offers many indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, excellent schools, high-quality restaurants, convenient living, and a diverse cultural mix. A short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

The University of Kansas and the Department of Psychology recognize that diversity across our students, staff, and faculty strengthens our organization, campus, and community and is a core initiative in the University's strategic plan, Jayhawks Rising ( ). Candidates are encouraged to highlight their commitment to, practice, and application of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the application. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The successful applicant must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

To apply and for more information, go to
A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement; (4) no more than three scholarly publications/papers; (5) a teaching statement; and (6) the name and email address for three reference. In these required materials, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they have contributed or would contribute to building a culture of belonging.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Application review begins October 15, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants has been obtained.

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