Apr 11, 2018

Behavioral Decision Science Faculty

  • Virginia Tech
  • Blacksburg, VA, USA
Full time Clinical Decision-making Cognitive Cognitive Neuroscience Decision Game/Decision Theory Health Disparities Industrial/Organizational Judgment and Decision Making Social Cognition

Job Description

The Department of Psychology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech seeks to hire a Collegiate Faculty member, open rank, who will play a central role in developing and delivering an undergraduate curriculum in Behavioral Decision Science. This new interdisciplinary degree will draw from psychology, economics, neuroscience, statistics, and other disciplines and will be managed by the College’s Academy of Integrated Science (https://www.ais.science.vt.edu/). The preferred candidate will have broad training in the study of human decision-making at the individual, group, and/or organizational level. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to judgment and decision-making, social and organizational behavior, decision-related psychopathology, health and policy, diversity, and changes across development, as well as modern methodological and statistical approaches to each. Expertise in measurement and theory building that will help train students to merge predictive with causal approaches to understanding human decision making is desirable.

We seek candidates who have the Ph.D. in psychology or a closely related field and who are passionate about interdisciplinary teaching of undergraduate students in an inclusive and integrated environment. Desirable characteristics include a record of pedagogical achievement and vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in psychology and behavioral decision science. Successful candidates will:

  • Make significant contributions to our interdisciplinary undergraduate instruction; work closely with our undergraduate students, and lead efforts in curriculum enhancements and innovative pedagogy.
  • Continue to develop professional capabilities and participate in scholarly activities, including travel to and participation in professional conferences and societies; and participate in department, college, and university service and governance, as well as professional service.

The Department of Psychology offers the B.S. in psychology and has doctoral training areas in clinical science, industrial and organizational psychology, developmental science, and biological psychology (http://www.psyc.vt.edu/). Information on the Collegiate Faculty track at Virginia Tech, which offers renewable 3-, 5-, or 7-year appointments depending on rank, may be found at https://www.provost.vt.edu/faculty_affairs/faculty_handbook/chapter05/chapter05.html.

Virginia Tech is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices (http://www.inclusive.vt.edu/index.html). A wide range of networking and development opportunities are available for women and minorities in science and engineering.  Virginia Tech recognizes that meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a key factor in recruiting and retaining new faculty and has established a dual career office to facilitate our commitment (http://www.hr.vt.edu/jobs/job_seeker/dualcareers/).

Applications must be submitted online at http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/85467. The application must include a cover letter, CV, a statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience related to behavioral decision science. Contact information for three references should be provided. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2018 but may be negotiable. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Robert Stephens, Tel: (540)231-6304, Email: stephens@vt.edu. 

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


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