Jun 28, 2024

Professor of Psychology (Developmental Psychology)

  • Amherst College
  • Amherst, MA, USA
Full time Development

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Developmental Psychology)

The Department of Psychology at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor from candidates with a PhD in developmental psychology, beginning July 1, 2025. This appointment is ideal for candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and an active research program that can involve bright undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on adolescence and/or emerging adulthood.  The successful candidate will be able to develop and teach courses that include introductory psychology, developmental psychology, and an advanced seminar; will supervise honors projects; and will contribute to the overall academic environment of the psychology department and the college.  The teaching load is two courses per semester.

Amherst College is one of the most highly selective and diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.  Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 percent are the first members of their families to attend college.  Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need, and nearly 60 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion.  Learn more about the college’s strong commitment to institutional diversity here.   

The psychology department is housed in the award-winning science center, with dedicated research space for each faculty member. In addition, Amherst College offers generous support for faculty research and teaching, including fully paid sabbaticals, funds for travel to professional meetings, and summer support for undergraduate research collaborators.

Located in Western Massachusetts, with close proximity to Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Hartford, Connecticut, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium. The five institutions are located within 11 miles of one another and about 80 miles west of Boston. 

Candidates are asked to submit electronically to  https://apply.interfolio.com/147600 a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement describing their scholarly development and accomplishment that includes a discussion of how undergraduates will participate in their research program; a statement describing their teaching philosophy and background, experience, or interests that are likely to make the candidate a strong teacher of a diverse range of Amherst students; and three sample preprints/reprints. Candidates are also asked to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted. The individual must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. Applications received by September 27, 2024, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Amherst is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. 


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