Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of California Davis
United States

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Job #JPF05980

Position overview

Salary range: “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay ( i.e., a salary that is higher than the published systemwide salary at the designated rank and step), are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $102,000 - $133,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: September 5, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor beginning July 1, 2024. The Assistant Teaching Professor position is a full-time Academic Senate faculty position with potential for security of employment akin to tenure. Applicants should demonstrate a record of teaching excellence relevant to Psychology and the potential to contribute to the scholarly, mentoring, and service missions of our Department and University. We seek applications from individuals with expertise in research-informed pedagogy to improve the inclusivity and effectiveness of instruction for all students, including those from underserved populations. Applicants from all fields of Psychology are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Teaching Professors are evaluated for promotion to Associate Teaching Professor (a title with security of employment similar to tenure) no later than 8 years from the initial hire. Teaching Professors are Academic Senate faculty members whose primary responsibility is teaching and teaching-related tasks and secondary responsibility is professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, including creative activity, especially as they relate to instruction and pedagogy. The faculty in this series also have responsibility for University and public service. Teaching Professors also play a leadership role as facilitators and initiators of instructional development, curriculum design, innovative course structure, effective teaching methods, new educational technologies, and coordinate a spectrum of teaching activities in their departments. Teaching Professors are evaluated on their (1) teaching excellence, (2) professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity in the field of pedagogy or a closely related subfield of psychology, (3) service, and (4) contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UC Davis is one of the country’s leading research institutions with a diverse student population; it is an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a majority of students identifying as members of historically marginalized groups, and over 40% of the students being first-generation college students. We seek candidates with exceptional potential for teaching and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from student communities historically excluded from higher education, including (but not limited to) individuals marginalized due to their race or ethnicity, LGBTQIA+ status, veterans, individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation scholars, and undocumented students. In addition to being exceptional scholars, successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’s goal of improving
access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized communities. The successful candidate will also have a track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching or service activities addressing the needs of individuals historically excluded from higher education, and a clear vision of how their work at UC Davis will contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

Applicants are required to submit a teaching statement describing their experience as well as perspectives and practices related to effective teaching, and a contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement describing (a) their track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as (b) their plans for future engagement (see for guidance and information about the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion). They must also include a statement of scholarly contributions describing their current or planned scholarly contributions program, and a teaching portfolio with example instructional materials and student evaluations.

The first round of review will focus exclusively on the teaching statement and the DEI statement. The DEI statement will be carefully read as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials. We will anonymize both statements to reduce the potential for bias based on an applicant’s identity, including their mentor(s) and university affiliations.

All application materials should be submitted electronically at:

The start date for this position is July 1, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2023 for full consideration. Applications submitted after this date may not be considered. If you have any questions about the search or position, feel free to contact the Search Committee
Chairs, Dr. Victoria Cross ( and Dr. Camelia Hostinar (


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in psychology (or related field) or anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2024.

Preferred qualifications

· Evidence of teaching, scholarship, and leadership relevant to successful teaching in the discipline of psychology
· Track record of and plans for future contributions to activities addressing the needs of individuals historically excluded from higher education
· Demonstrated ability or potential to develop curriculum and instruct undergraduate and graduate students
· Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor undergraduate and graduate students
· Evidence of communication and perspective-taking skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus, and professional citizenship

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV

  • Statement of Teaching - Describe your teaching philosophy, perspective, and practice related to effective teaching. Provide a chronological list of all courses taught, a brief description of the learning objectives of each course, and the number of students enrolled in each class.

  • Teaching Portfolio (upload as one pdf) - Include up to three examples of instructional materials you have developed (e.g., assignments and rubrics, exams, lecture materials, syllabi). Please also include representative teaching evaluations from students or peers.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Describe engagement and activity related to diversity equity, and inclusion, as well as plans for future engagement. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of Scholarly Contributions - Description of a current or planned scholarly contribution program. Can include up to three scholarly contribution documents attached below.

  • Scholarly Contribution 1 - Publications or preprints; conference posters or presentations; authored pedagogy websites, workshops, blogs, or other documentation; contributions to published textbooks or instructional materials.


  • Scholarly Contribution 2 - Publications or preprints; conference posters or presentations; authored pedagogy websites, workshops, blogs, or other documentation; contributions to published textbooks or instructional materials.


  • Scholarly Contribution 3 - Publications or preprints; conference posters or presentations; authored pedagogy websites, workshops, blogs, or other documentation; contributions to published textbooks or instructional materials.


  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

  • Cover Letter - Can describe how you believe your research area complements the department, why you are interested in UC Davis, and/or any extenuating circumstances you would like the committee to consider when evaluating your application.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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