Oct 11, 2017

Associate Professor of Psychology - Decision Making & Risk

  • The University of Oklahoma
  • Norman, Oklahoma
Full time Applied Psychology Cognitive Decision

Job Description

As part of a multi-year strategic hiring and growth initiative in the Psychology of Decision Making & Risk, the Department of Psychology at The University of Oklahoma is seeking applications and informal candidate nominations for a faculty opening at the rank of Associate Professor. The disciplinary background for the position is open (e.g., judgment & decision making, cognitive, human factors, quantitative, industrial-organizational, health, developmental, clinical, community, social, or other relevant areas).  Ideal candidates should have established reputations for high-quality interdisciplinary Decision Making & Risk scholarship, evidenced by (a) funded and published collaborative research, (b) effective graduate and undergraduate teaching and program development, and (c) inclusive service and professional outreach. The successful candidate will also (d) contribute to the department’s growing national reputation for excellence in Applied Psychological Science and (e) enhance university-wide research capability in Human Factors, Risk, and Decision Sciences (e.g., risk literacy, skilled and informed decision making, decision vulnerability, expertise and expert performance, heuristics, medical decision making, ethical decision support, cognitive engineering, computational modeling, user experience, usability, choice architecture, human-computer interaction, adaptive training, skill development, risk analysis, decision analytics, data science). 

The Department of Psychology and the University of Oklahoma are dedicated to celebrating and promoting respect for the contributions of all. We strongly encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, people with disabilities, and all others who are committed to excellence, inclusion, and diversity. The department is also aware of, and works to be responsive to, the needs of dual career couples. 


About The University of Oklahoma: Established in 1890, The University of Oklahoma is the flagship public research university in the state of Oklahoma (Carnegie Classification R1: highest research activity), with over 30,000 students and more than 2700 full-time faculty members offering nearly 500 different graduate and undergraduate degrees programs on three campuses (Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa). OU continues to break external sponsored research and private fundraising records, including more than $2.3 billion in gifts and pledges since 1994, providing funding for dramatic capital improvements, as well as an unparalleled increase in faculty endowment and student scholarships. OU is the only public university in U.S. history to ever rank first among both public and private universities in freshman National Merit Scholar enrollment. OU is a leader in international exchange and study abroad programs, offering programs in 79 countries and over 223 cities on six continents. OU has one of the oldest comprehensive colleges of fine arts in the Great Plains states, with highly-regarded schools of Music, Musical Theatre, Drama, Art and Dance, and programs in opera and sculpture. The OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premiere law school and The Michael F. Price College is ranked as one of the nation’s top business schools. The OU Health Sciences Center is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools, including more than 660 doctors practicing in nearly every adult and child specialty. OU’s Department of Psychology consistently ranks in the top 10% of its college in terms of total sponsored research funding, and is one of the university’s largest departments by enrollment, with 30+ faculty and affiliates serving more than 1000 diverse and engaged undergraduate majors and minors, and 60+ fully-funded PhD students. 


OU Research & Innovation: In 2013, the Norman research campus was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks. Adjacent to the beautiful and historic Main campus in Norman, with 277 acres and over 1 million square feet of high-tech facilities located along the Oklahoma Technology Corridor, the research campus hosts the National Weather Center and affiliated organizations, the National Institute for Risk & Resilience, the South Central Climate Science Center, the Center for Applied Social Research, the WaTER Center, and the FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training & Human Performance, among numerous others. By synergistically co-locating State and Federal agency research and operational organizations, along with more than a dozen private companies and several University centers and academic programs, the Norman research campus creates a uniquely rich environment for collaboration, innovation, and commercialization. Over the last 20 years, OU’s Office of Technology Development has helped faculty and other partners launch dozens of new companies that have generated more than $75 million in capital.


Local Community & Culture: The city of Norman, Oklahoma, is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings with outstanding schools, amenities, a low cost of living, small town charm, a variety of recreational opportunities, four distinct seasons, and more than 225 days of sunshine each year.  Norman is located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the Capital and economic hub of the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Metroplex, including Norman and several other suburban cities, is home to about 1.5 million residents, offering all the amenities of a major modern metropolitan community, including rich cultural diversity and heritage, an abundance of the arts, superb dining and night-life, major sporting and concert events, family entertainment, recreational adventure activities, and much more.  



To be considered for this position, candidates must have a Ph.D. and substantive faculty experience in Psychology, Judgment & Decision Making, Cognitive Science, Human Factors, or closely-related disciplines, with a strong preference for candidates who will contribute to the department’s strength in Applied Psychological Sciences and who will enhance OU's interdisciplinary human factors and decision science capabilities. Candidates must also have an established record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and be prepared to expand course offerings in their area of specialization (e.g., critical thinking & ethical decision making; health and medical decision making; research methods, meta-analysis, and/or survey methods). The successful candidate will be qualified to establish a primary graduate program affiliation with at least one of the department’s four graduate training groups (i.e., cognitive, industrial-organizational, quantitative, or social). Teaching load for the position is two courses per semester. An established history of successful leadership and/or collaboration on funded decision and risk research involving multidisciplinary teams is a highly-preferred qualification.


The University of Oklahoma is committed to investing in the success of its faculty at all stages of their careers. The department and college offer unique and essential research and professional development resources characteristic of a Flagship Public Research University (e.g., well-equipped dedicated and shared laboratory space; shared multi-million dollar simulator access; considerable graduate student funding and recruiting support; large and diverse research participant pools; flexible and innovative instructional, service, and leadership opportunities).  By mutual agreement, the successful candidate may also affiliate with University-wide strategic research organizations and centers (e.g., the National Institute for Risk & Resilience, the Center for Applied Social Research). Salary, benefits, and start-up packages are highly-competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 



To apply, please submit the following materials at https://apply.interfolio.com/43924:

-          a cover letter specifically addressing position fit, qualifications, and background

-          a curriculum vitae

-          three confidential letters of recommendation

-          up to 3 reprints/preprints

-          a brief statement of research interests (e.g., 300-2000 words)

-          a brief statement of teaching philosophy and interests (e.g., 300-2000 words)


For full consideration, please submit your application materials by November 14th, 2017. Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the OU Career web site [https://apply.interfolio.com/43924] (see the "apply here" link at the bottom of the page).


Please send inquiries, informal candidate nominations, and other suggestions or comments to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Edward Cokely (cokely@ou.edu).  For additional information and updates on our department and our Decision Making & Risk Growth Initiative please visit the Department's website at http://www.ou.edu/cas/psychology.html.


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

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