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  • Social/Personality Psychology - Assistant Professor
    California State University, Fresno

    The Department

    The Department of Psychology at California State University, Fresno invites applications for a tenure­ track position in Social and/or Personality Psychology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be broadly trained in social and/or personality psychology. Candidates should show evidence of effectiveness in teaching and have an active research program that can involve both undergraduate and Masters-level students. The workload is 15 Weighted Teaching Units (WTUs) per semester, generally composed of 12 WTUs of instruction (classes are typically 4 WTUs each) and 3 WTUs of non-instructional activities.

    We prefer individuals who can teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in personality psychology and/or social psychology, and topics courses in one or both of those areas. We also prefer individuals with expertise in multivariate statistics and/or research methods as a secondary specialty. Additional responsibilities typically include but are not limited to, advising and mentoring students, and participation in department, college, and university service. Strong teaching skills are highly valued by the department and university. Professional development in teaching and scholarship is supported by a wide range of university centers and programs. Teaching excellence is assessed through the use of learning objectives and outcomes assessments. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the expertise of the individual.

    Our Students

    California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


    Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Psychology, with an emphasis on Personality and/or Social Psychology or other closely related disciplines, from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent), is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the start of the Fall semester (8/1/2022).

    Required Experience: Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; Evidence of successful teaching, either as an instructor of record or as a teaching assistant; Evidence of a systematic line of research that includes scholarly publications or other evidence of successful scholarship that is likely to lead to publications.

    Preferred Experience: Evidence of engaging students in research; Experience teaching courses in personality and/or social psychology; Expertise in multivariate statistics and/or research methods; Demonstrated record of grant writing.

    Application Procedures: Open until filled. For best consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit applications by November 1, 2021. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at and attach the following. This position automatically closes May 1, 2022. Apply online at:

    Attach the following:

    Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications;
    Curriculum vitae;
    Statement of teaching philosophy (850-word maximum);
    Statement of research plan (850-word maximum);
    Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
    A list of five professional references which includes names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses;
    Three original letters of recommendation, dated within the last 12 months.
    Official Transcripts will be required from all candidates invited for an on-campus by mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests.

    Committee Information

    Dr. Spee Kosloff
    Department of Psychology
    College of Science and Mathematics

    About Fresno State

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    About the College and Department

    Housed in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Department of Psychology supports a collegial, multidisciplinary-oriented faculty dedicated to academic excellence and the advancement of psychological science. We offer graduate programs in general/experimental psychology, school psychology, and applied behavior analysis serving 80 Masters-level students and a robust undergraduate program serving 1800 majors and minors. The department and college provide extensive resources to support faculty engagement and research.

    Other Campus Information

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

    California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

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