Assistant Professor

Boise State University
Idaho, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
About Us: Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion. Job Summary/Basic Function:

Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education and is committed to the success of our students and the university. This involves teaching effectiveness, professional development, research and scholarly/creative activities, institutional service, professional and community service, student advising and involvement, and supervisory responsibilities as assigned.

Department Overview:

The Department of Psychological Science boasts a highly interdisciplinary faculty with a strong history of success in teaching, research, and service. As a department, we value effective and inclusive mentorship, cooperative and supportive interpersonal relationships, data-informed decision making, and providing a rigorous evidence-based curriculum that is culturally responsive to all the students it serves. We have active relationships with multiple organizations in the community, including state agencies, schools, and a variety of non-profit organizations. Additionally, Boise State University offers rich opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and throughout Boise State.

Level Scope:

The Assistant Professor is a member of the ranked faculty with an entry-level academic rank who has demonstrated achievement in the areas of teaching; research, scholarship, or creative activities; institutional and professional service appropriate to the discipline and is eligible for tenure.

Essential Functions:


  • Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education.
  • Committed to the success of our students and the university.
  • Committed to student learning, retention, persistence, and completion.
  • Teach assigned courses in accordance with the course syllabi and a schedule of classes that may include day, evening, weekend, and distance classes offered at any approved instructional site.
  • Engage in the development of new and creative instructional materials, including new courses and programs of studies.
  • Assist in keeping the curriculum of the program(s) current.
  • Maintain and improve competence in subjects being taught.
  • Advise students and ensure the successful completion of their degree program.
  • Post and hold office hours in a physical and electronic format (to include virtual office hours) as appropriate.
  • Assist with the departmental assessment efforts and plan.
  • Assist with student recruitment, particularly when low student enrollment is an issue in the program.
  • Direct culminating activities for graduate students

  • Scholarly, creative, or research activities:
  • Assistant Professors must demonstrate a commitment to their discipline through scholarly and creative activities that fall within Boyer’s four types of scholarship: (1) discovering knowledge, (2) integrating knowledge, (3) applying knowledge, and (4) scholarship of teaching.
  • Conduct research and/or produce scholarly or creative work in accord with the norms in their discipline.
  • Share that work through professionally recognized publications for the type of scholarship.
  • Present that work through professionally recognized forms in professionally recognized venues for the type of scholarship.
  • Engage in professional development.
  • Each faculty member participates in activities relating to university programs, courses, governance, etc., or community activities that impact on, or are impacted by, the University and which contribute to the growth and development of students, the university, and the community.
  • Faculty must demonstrate a commitment to serving Boise State University, his/her profession, and the community. This type of commitment is demonstrated by service to students (such as advising); participation and leadership in the department, college, or university committees, the faculty senate, and professional organizations; and, as appropriate to their discipline, affairs of the local, state, or national community.
  • Participate actively in assignments necessary to advance the service and/or outreach missions of the department, college, and University, such as serving as a member of the department, college, and/or university committees or councils.
  • Participate actively in professional organizations and perform professional functions such as serving on committees and in leadership roles; as chair, panelist, and discussant at conferences; on editorial boards; refereeing manuscripts and grant applications; and serving on panels for funding agencies.
  • Meet administrative deadlines set by the University for carrying out service responsibilities and submitting required employee materials.
    Use technology as directed by the University to carry out service responsibilities and receive and submit employee information.

The Department of Psychological Science at Boise State University ( invites interested applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2022. We are seeking a dedicated teacher and researcher with an area of specialization in neuroscience, neuropsychology, biopsychology, or physiological psychology. Candidates who can teach neuroscience courses including Biological Bases of Behavior, Cognitive Psychology and Perception are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates that can contribute to our curriculum by teaching courses of departmental need and core courses in our curriculum (e.g., introductory psychology, statistical methods, research methods). We seek candidates who can maintain an active program of
research that involves undergraduate students as research assistants, and who can contribute to the advancement of research and external funding in the department. Candidates should have a program of research sufficient to produce a minimum of three peer-reviewed publications in a five-year span prior to tenure application. The successful candidate will also engage in service activities (e.g., committee assignments) benefiting the Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and University, as well as the local community, state, region, and discipline.

The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to curriculum and pedagogy that is
culturally responsive to the diverse students it serves. The successful candidate will have the ability to engage all students in the classroom using evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices. The standard teaching load is 1-3 courses per semester dependent on class size, with possible adjustments for service activities or work on externally-funded research projects. Flexibility in course modality and scheduling is available. This is a nine-month tenure track position, with opportunities for salary enhancement through summer teaching and work on externally-funded research projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

In accordance with discipline and departmental standards and expectations
• Demonstrated advanced level of oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to meet required attendance and submission deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to create, articulate, and assess course learning outcomes.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in creating course materials (syllabus, handouts, presentations, etc.) that enhance student interest and engagement.
• Demonstrated ability to create and manage effective grading rubrics for consistent and uniform grading results.
• Demonstrated ability to assess student educational goals and to create graduation plans based on those goals.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
• Demonstrated ability to manage effective, friendly, and civil working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, guests, and others at the university.
• Demonstrated problem solving and abstract thinking skills.
• Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality work while working independently.
• Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate, an equivalent terminal degree, or nationally-recognized excellence in their field.

Undergraduate Instruction: Hold a degree in the field of instruction (as determined by the discipline) at least one level above that of the program taught.
Graduate Instruction: Hold a terminal degree determined by the discipline and have a record of research, scholarship, or achievement appropriate for the graduate program.

Preferred Qualifications:

At a minimum, candidates should have:
● An earned doctorate in psychology by August 1, 2022;
● Experience with evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices which seek to promote
equitable access to educational opportunities;
● Research experience enabling the management of a program of research;
● Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of
other cultures or backgrounds.

The preferred candidate will have:
● Demonstrated success or potential for success in teaching, research, and service;
● A research focus on brain-behavior connections and relationships (broadly defined), with the area of specialization open;
● Positive student course evaluations or other evidence of effective teaching;
● Experience teaching desired courses;
● A breadth of teaching experience (i.e., large classes and multiple modalities);
● Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching to address equity gaps in courses and classrooms. Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Interested applicants should electronically submit their applications by 11:59 p.m. MST on January 3, 2022. Please make sure to attach the following documents to your application.

● A cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications relating to teaching, research, and service;
● A current CV;
● Electronic PDFs of reprints or preprints;
● Summary of teaching evaluations;
● Research and teaching statements;
● Contact information for three references (do not include letters).

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