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 Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship
Posted by: Allan Clifton
Title/Position: Associate Professor of Psychological Science
School/Organization: Vassar College
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: October 2nd, 2023

Vassar College

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Tenure-Track

About Vassar College

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction

The Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2024. We seek applicants from the areas of social psychology, personality psychology, cognitive psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, media psychology, or community psychology whose research investigates social cognition, judgment, and decision-making, particularly with applied interests in community or institutional contexts, broadly defined.

AA Statement

Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Position Description

The ideal candidate will have a proficiency in data science, including statistical pedagogy and data visualization. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a breadth of interest appropriate to a liberal arts undergraduate institution, and who show promise both as teachers and as active researchers. A commitment to excellence in undergraduate research and teaching is required, and evidence of college-level teaching is preferred. The teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, faculty may either teach five classroom units, or teach four classroom units and also provide flexible, closely mentored experiences for undergraduates.

Salary Wage Range

Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary range for this position is $89,000 to $99,000 (USD). This range includes new faculty appointments beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock as well as Assistant Professors with previous tenure-line experience who will be on an accelerated tenure clock. When extending an offer of employment, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) candidates education/training, work experience, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations. This salary range represents the Colleges good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting. The starting salary for an Assistant Professor in this position with a PhD beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock in Fall 2024 is $93,000.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a C.V., a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a statement of research experience, a candidate diversity statement (, graduate school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable for initial application), and three letters of recommendation. PhD is required or must be in hand by time of appointment.

Applications should be addressed to the department chair, J. Mark Cleaveland, and submitted online at:

Address any questions to J. Mark Cleaveland via email ( Review of applicant materials will begin on 10/23/2023 and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after 10/23/2023 will be reviewed.

To Apply

All applicants must apply online at:

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