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Assistant Professor Social Cognition/Social Neuroscience
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
$50,000 - $59,999

“High achieving and motivated undergraduate students seek dedicated and inspirational professor who is psyched about teaching and mentoring. If this might be you, please message us.”

 The Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse seeks a new colleague for the position of Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track) in the area of Social Cognition/Social Neuroscience to begin in August 2019. The department is home to a vibrant and growing community of 25 full-time faculty who share a strong commitment to teaching, diversity, and mentoring undergraduate students in research, both as independent researchers in a well established honors program and as research assistants to faculty. We seek a colleague who will be a dedicated teacher, an active scholar, and an effective mentor for students from diverse backgrounds, with varied preparation for learning and a wide variety of career goals. The specific area of expertise within psychology is social and/or cognitive psychology, with a strong preference for applicants who have a background in social cognition, social neuroscience, or a related discipline.

 Preference will be given to those applicants with previous teaching experience or the ability to demonstrate teaching excellence. Responsibilities for this position include teaching undergraduate courses in two or more of the following broad categories: social psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, research methods, or the candidate's area of specialization. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence as a mentor and advisor, and has a plan for establishing an active research program and involving undergraduate students in their research. In your cover letter, please address your previous experience with or preparation for teaching courses in the categories mentioned above.

 Candidates for the appointment should have completed or be near to completing a doctorate degree in cognitive or social psychology or related discipline by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience working with diverse populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Academic year salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with excellent fringe benefits and insurance programs.

 Review of candidates will be continuous with a first review date of October 10, 2018.

 Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required.  For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit

 Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

 The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

 UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive."   The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all.   UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.  UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest.  With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education.  There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.  UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

 The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin.  The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.  Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America.  Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.  Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits.  Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

 UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.  In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

 As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at

 Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.



Bianca Basten
1725 State St., 335 Graff Main Hall
La Crosse WI, 54601

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