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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 19, 2023

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( UTC) invites applications from candidates using computational approaches to understand behavior, learning, and cognition in humans beginning August 1, 2024. We welcome candidates working in any area of psychology (including cognitive, social, affective, developmental, I-O, or clinical psychology, human factors, and cognitive or behavioral neuroscience) using computational or quantitative methods (including artificial intelligence, machine learning, modeling, robotics, or data science). Candidates who use a combination of computational and experimental approaches are also invited to apply.

The standard teaching load for this position is a 3-3 with a one-course load reduction in each of the first two semesters to assist in establishing a program of research. The successful candidate will be provided an opportunity to teach a course in their area of specialization and assigned other courses in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula based on departmental needs. There are also many opportunities for interdisciplinary and community collaboration, including the UTC Sim Center Bioinformatics Collaborative, the City of Chattanooga’s Smart City initiative, which includes gig city high-speed internet (see below), and the Smart Factory Institute.

The Department of Psychology at UTC is the largest single major in the College of Arts & Sciences, with 22 full-time faculty members and more than 850 undergraduate and 50 graduate students across our degree programs.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Psychology or a closely related field. Individuals who are “all but dissertation” (ABD) will be considered; however, the degree must be awarded by December 31, 2024.
  • Evidence of teaching experience and strong teaching ability in one or more of the areas outlined above.
  • Evidence of an active research program that lends itself to collaboration with UTC colleagues and students.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Potential for collaborations within the Department of Psychology and within the broader UTC and Chattanooga community in support of research and service. Faculty regularly collaborates on applied projects, often involving other local professionals, teaching and rehabilitation hospitals, other departments on campus, and a variety of private and non-profit organizations in the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate students.
  • Potential for engaging students in experiential learning.
  • Demonstrated ability/high potential for seeking and securing funding to support research.
Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including up-to-date personal contact information (e-mail, phone, etc.)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement on teaching experience and interests
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, or other course materials
  • Statement on current and planned research
  • Evidence of research productivity (including sample publications)
  • Names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.
Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until this position is filled.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Brian J. O’Leary, Department Head, at .

UTC is a university distinguished by respect for the dignity, uniqueness, and value of every individual. We foster a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive of all. We value diversity in our workplace and learning environments, benefiting from the varied backgrounds and abilities of our campus community. The diversity of our voices and experiences is vital to our pursuit of excellence and fulfillment of our mission.

UTC is the second-largest campus in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has established a reputation for excellence built on a unique blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. Today, UTC brings a passion for excellence in all pursuits and is dedicated to making a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

UTC is in the heart of Tennessee’s fourth-largest city, located in the southeastern part of the state near the border with Georgia and at the junction of four interstate highways. Conveniently situated within just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham, Chattanooga offers the opportunity to live and learn in an exciting and enchanting environment. Dubbed the ‘Scenic City,’ and endowed with incredible vistas and popular area attractions, the city has been recognized nationally for its downtown renaissance and a revitalized riverfront that has become the blueprint for other cities to emulate. Chattanooga achieved the first gig internet capacity in the country, and today has the nation’s fastest internet service with a 100% fiber network that links every residence and business in a 600-square mile area.

The city is home to companies such as Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United, and Amazon, and a number of tech startups attracted to its blazing fast internet and low cost-of-living. Thousands of visitors are drawn yearly to the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center—Chattanooga African American Museum, Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Riverbend Festival, and the weekly Nightfall Summer Concert Series held in the heart of downtown. Chattanooga also has a long and rich history interwoven with the Civil Rights movement and Native American heritage. The Trail of Tears National Historic Route runs through the city and is on the traditional territory of Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East).

Whether it’s Chattanooga’s ideal geographical location with comfortable temperatures year-round to suit an active lifestyle, its cultural and culinary diversity, reasonable cost of living, world-class healthcare facilities, reputable educational institutions like UTC, or countless other reasons, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to make Chattanooga their home.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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