Oct 09, 2018

Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Cognitive Science Major

  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Full time Cognitive Decision Human Computer Interaction Judgment and Decision Making Neuroscience Philosophical Social Cognition Visual Cognition

Job Description

The position will start as early as January 1, 2019, but not later than September 1, 2019, pending final authorization.  This is a non-tenure track position classified as Lecturer-III within U-M, with a university-year nine-month appointment from September 1 through May 31 each year, with a salary paid over a 12-month period, and benefits-eligible. The initial appointment will be for three academic years, contingent upon satisfactory performance, need and available funding.  The Institute expects that, for the suitable candidate, this will be a long-term position extending beyond the initial appointment.


The new Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Cognitive Science Major appointed in the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science will help support the instructional and administrative demands of the Cognitive Science major by (a) teaching the gateway course Introduction to Cognitive Science (COGSCI200) at least once per year; (b) providing additional upper division course offerings in at least one of the four tracks of the undergraduate major (Computation and Cognition, Decision and Cognition, Language and Cognition, or Philosophy and Cognition);  and (c) providing administrative oversight of advising and student enrichment activities.

Instructional duties

The position requires teaching three courses per year. At least one course will be Introduction to Cognitive Science, the interdisciplinary gateway course for the Cognitive Science major (COGSCI200), either alone or as co-teacher with one other existing faculty.  The other two courses will be upper-level undergraduate offerings that help to meet curricular needs in one or more of the four tracks of the major.  

Administrative duties

The position involves approximately 13–16 hours per week of administrative activities.  More specifically, these activities will encompass at least the following four areas of responsibility: (i) oversight of peer academic advising; (ii) oversight of the creation and execution of student-enrichment activities focused on academic, intellectual, and career development; (iii) some academic and career advising; and (iv) oversight of the communication and administration of Institute-funded opportunities for cognitive science majors.   All of these responsibilities will be carried out with guidance from and in coordination with the Institute Director, the Institute Chief Administrator, the Institute Undergraduate Committee, and the communications and events staff.

Required Qualifications

We expect that a successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science or one of the related core disciplines (e.g. Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy). The applicant must have interdisciplinary teaching interests and experience, evidenced by interests and experience that span at least two of the core disciplines. The applicant must also be capable of contributing to the upper division offerings in one or more of the four tracks of the Cognitive Science major.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching and engagement with diverse student populations will be an important criterion in our selection process.  We expect that the applicant will be a visible and engaged faculty member in the Institute.

Desired Qualifications

We are especially interested in applicants who can teach large lecture courses in Cognitive Science as well as upper division courses or seminars that will contribute to at least one of the four tracks of the Cognitive Science major.


University of Michigan


Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science

Reference Number

Posting #163328

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