Assistant Professor – Psychology

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Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
State University of New York at Old Westbury

The Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Old Westbury invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2020.  Candidates applying for this position must have completed all doctoral degree requirements and earned their Ph.D. in Psychology or a closely related field by August 2020. 


The ideal candidate will have a specialization in biological/cognitive psychology or a closely related field.  An active research program that utilizes facial and emotional recognition, event related potentials (ERP), electroencephalograms (EEG), and/or electrooculograms (EOG) is desired.  Candidates must demonstrate strong potential for and a commitment to teaching and mentoring an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student population in a public institution.  The specific area of expertise within biological/cognitive psychology is open, although specialization in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, perception, sensation, learning and memory, attention, emotional regulation, biological basis of mental/cognitive dysfunctions, aging, decision-making, or psycholinguistics are highly valued.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the core courses in the major, including foundational courses in biological and cognitive psychology and the research methods sequence.  In addition to teaching duties, the candidate will be expected to participate in service activities including, but not limited to, advising students, committee responsibilities, program assessment and curriculum development.  The Department of Psychology is strongly committed to faculty diversity, in keeping with our College's mission of social justice.


The Department of Psychology is the largest major at the College, offering a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Old Westbury is a comprehensive college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and it is one of the country's most culturally and academically diverse campuses.  It is located on 600 acres of forested rolling hills on the North Shore of Long Island, less than one hour from New York City.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Candidates applying for this position must have completed all the requirements for and earned their Ph.D. in Psychology or a closely related field by August 1, 2020.
  • The area of specialization must be in biological psychology, cognitive psychology, or a closely related field.
  • An active research program.
  • Mentoring undergraduate students, particularly underrepresented minorities and non-traditional students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Previous experience teaching in an institution of higher education to a student body that is diverse in terms of racial, ethnic, multicultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Application instructions:


Please submit the following online at


  1. letter of application
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. research statement
  5. copies of recently completed research papers
  6. evidence of teaching effectiveness and ability and/or summaries of student and/or collegial evaluation
  7. contact information (name, email address and telephone number) for three (3) references
  8. a fully completed Old Westbury employment application (available during the online application process)


Submit three (3) letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) to Human Resources via email at

Only applications submitted online will be considered.


VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.


We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.


Additional Information:

The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

The State University of New York at Old Westbury is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in the selection process, please contact the Office of Human Resources/Affirmative Action located in the Campus Center, Room I-211 or by calling (516) 876-3179.

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Position Type:  Faculty

Official Budget Title:  Assistant Professor (10 months)

Campus Title:  Assistant Professor

Department:  Psychology

FTE:  Full-time

Negotiating Unit:  UUP

Salary Grade:  NSA5

FLSA Status:  Exempt




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