Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Human Factors Psychology

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
Full Time Academia

Job Description

Assistant Professor: The Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Human Factors Psychology at the assistant professor level with appointment beginning Fall 2022. We seek applicants who welcome the challenges and rewards of serving on a diverse and intellectually curious faculty of a growing department located in a dynamic and supportive high-tech community.

 Responsibilities: Effectively teach Human Factors, advanced statistics (e.g., SEM, Bayesian or other non-frequentist statistics, dynamic modeling etc.) and related courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in face-to-face or online modes as needed by the department during the first year with an additional course in the candidate’s area of expertise during the second year. The regular teaching load is three courses (9 credit hours) per semester. Faculty are expected to conduct and publish high-quality scholarly research in a collegial environment where both intra- and inter-disciplinary collaborations are valued as well as participate actively in the profession, university service, and outreach to the local community.

 Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Factors or a closely related field such as HCI or Systems Engineering is required. Ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to Human Factors with an emphasis on advanced statistics is preferred. Ideal candidates will be serious educators and scholars with excellent teaching skills (prior online teaching experience preferred), and with evidence of ability to develop a programmatic line of research during which the candidate can supervise undergraduate and graduate student research. A successful candidate will be able to attract external funding, while maintaining a highly productive record of publication. We prefer candidates who have a strong academic background and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education to grow the Human Factors Program and expand student interest and engagement in the newly developed Applied Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program. ABDs will be considered; however, all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by August 1, 2022 to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor.

 About Huntsville: The Huntsville area is a culturally diverse community and maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast. U.S. News recently ranked Huntsville as the third best place to live in 2021-2022 among the 150 most populous metro areas in the country. Known as “Rocket City,” Huntsville has a major presence of technology, space, and defense industries, which allows the city to offer a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Huntsville is the most populous city in Alabama, with a metropolitan area population of more than 400,000 and growing. Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park is the country’s second largest research and technology park, housing nearly 300 companies and 29,000 employees involved in technology research and development. Huntsville has a high concentration of Ph.Ds., engineers, and STEM workers, and is recognized as a leading technology city with a rapidly expanding and diverse corporate ecosystem rich in innovation. Huntsville boasts a number of museums, historic sites, parks, and professional sports venues, including Huntsville Museum of Art, Burritt Museum and Park, EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, Alabama Constitution Village, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Monte Sano State Park, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Minor League Baseball’s Toyota Field, and Probst Arena for professional hockey. Active downtown and mid-city arts and entertainment districts, including Broadway and symphony performances and a new outdoor amphitheater music venue, contribute to Huntsville’s vibrant cultural life. For more information about Huntsville and its convenient location with easy access to Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta, please visit www.huntsville.org.   

 About the University: The University of Alabama in Huntsville, classified as a High Research Active institution, offers academic and research programs in the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Nursing; Professional Studies; and Science. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is adjacent to Cummings Research Park and Redstone Arsenal, which is home to more than 75 federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Materiel Command, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and a new $1-billion FBI campus. Huntsville and surrounding communities present many opportunities for human factors research. For more information about UAH, see uah.edu/about.

 About the College: The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at The University of Alabama in Huntsville comprises 9 departments and 84 full-time faculty. We offer a wide array of programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences including 21 B.A. programs, five M.A. programs, and eight certificate programs. The college has also led the way in creating several interdisciplinary minors, such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Global Studies, and Game Design and Development. Our class sizes are relatively small and our collegial faculty are committed to our students’ successes.

 About the Department: The Department of Psychology offers a minor and B.A. in Psychology with concentrations in Psychological Sciences and Psychological Services,  an M.A. in Experimental Psychology with the option to specialize in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and will accept our first cohort of students this fall for our Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology, with concentrations in Human Factors, and Psychology and Law as well as a Statistics minor (pending final SACSCOC approval). Faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that addresses qualifications for the position description, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a copy of graduate transcripts, 4) evidence, if available, of teaching experience or excellence. We seek candidates who value inclusiveness and diversity and who will support our commitment to equity. 5) Candidates must submit a 1-page statement of past or future contributions to equity, inclusivity, and diversity in research, teaching, and/or service. You may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement. Applications should be sent to the Psychology Search Committee Chair at jodi.price@uah.edu. 6) Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the same email address. 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, citizenship, genetic information, or status as a veteran.

UAH mandates that all employees maintain compliance with current federal regulations.

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