Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology (503431)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Channel Islands
  • Camarillo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health

Job Description


Program: Psychology Program

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Title: Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology

Effective Date of Appointment: August 18, 2022
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among "Top Public Schools" in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its "Social Mobility Index," and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th "Most Transformative College" in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI's students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education's inaugural "Seal of Excelencia" for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students' ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university's tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI's Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:

The mission of the Psychology program is to provide academic training in Psychology through a variety of approaches and perspectives. The Psychology Program exposes students to educational experiences that provide excellent training in Psychology and helps them meet program learning outcomes. Our coursework further prepares students to function in a world of diverse cultural, economic, ethnic, historical, and political viewpoints.

About the Position:

The Psychology Program ( at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites applications for a Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor position with an expected start date of August 19, 2022. The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, with specialization in Cognitive Psychology or a Ph.D. in a related area (e.g., Cognitive Science). Post-doctoral research experience will be considered an asset and a commitment to excellence in teaching will be required. A successful candidate will be encouraged to develop and maintain a strong research program and engage undergraduate students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds in research. A successful record of undergraduate teaching demonstrating a commitment to student-centered high-impact practices and community engagement are desirable. All CSUCI faculty are expected to assume an active collegial role in the planning and governance of the institution through service on campus-wide, divisional, and Academic Senate committees. CSUCI seeks candidates with a proven commitment to an interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative approach to teaching and learning, including the use of technology to improve student engagement and success in research, scholarship, and service.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Ph.D. in Psychology, with specialization in Cognitive Psychology or a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., Cognitive Science).

Required Qualifications:
  • Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Psychology that focuses on Cognitive
    Psychology or a doctoral degree in a related area (e.g., Cognitive Science).
  • Applicants should demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate courses in Cognitive
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to working within a student-centered
  • Applicants should demonstrate the ability to involve undergraduate students in
    psychological research.
  • Applicants should have an emerging record of scholarship appropriate to rank in the area
    of Cognitive Psychology.
  • Applicants should demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching.
  • Applicants should demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral research experience.
  • Evidence of commitment and ability to work with psychologists of different specializations and faculty from other disciplines.
  • Willingness to teach a broad spectrum of psychology courses.
  • Experience in the use of innovative instructional strategies and technologies.
  • Experience with developing and assessing curricula and programs in Psychology.
  • At least one year of teaching Psychology at the university level.
  • Experience with advising or mentoring students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds.


  • The candidate hired for this position will be expected to teach 12 units per semester; meet with students during scheduled office hours; prepare and grade assignments and examinations; develop course syllabi; contribute to the design and organization of departmental course offerings; and keep up-to-date with theories as well as current applications and development of pedagogy in the field.
  • This appointment may carry administrative duties such as producing teaching methodologies and materials; training others in instructional methods and design; and collaborating with department faculty in curriculum implementation, student support, and continuous program improvement.
  • The candidate will be expected to develop an undergraduate-based research program in Cognitive Psychology or in a related field.
  • The candidate will be expected to advise and mentor students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds.
  • This appointed faculty will be expected to participate in routine services to the department, college, and the University.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin 9/15/2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Teaching portfolio (e.g., a teaching philosophy, sample syllabi; student and/or peer evaluations)
  • Research statement
  • Letters of reference
  • Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, an
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated 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 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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