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Assistant Professor Psychology - Applied Research Methods

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title

Assistant Professor Psychology - Applied Research Methods

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The Department of Psychology has 33 permanent full-time faculty. In addition to our undergraduate B.S. psychology major, which places a strong emphasis on research methods and statistics, the Psychology department offers an undergraduate degree in behavioral neuroscience, and master’s programs in experimental psychology, school counseling, and mental health counseling ( The department houses five primary areas of research and teaching expertise – Developmental, Social, Abnormal, Cognitive, and Neuroscience– as well as the internationally recognized Center for Cross-Cultural Research.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Psychology Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

This is an open area position under the umbrella of applied research methodology. Potential domains of focus might include such areas as: community psychology, applied cognitive, cross-cultural or multicultural psychology, aging, health, educational psychology, industrial/organizational, applied developmental, applied social, or applied clinical psychology. Methodological areas of focus might include basic and advanced applied quantitative methods, quasi-experimental design, qualitative methods, program evaluation, community-based participatory methods, or applied measurement. The successful candidate will have a strong, systematic, theory-based program of applied research. The candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate level in their area of expertise, as well as research methods and statistics.  The candidate should also be prepared to teach content courses in a master’s level program.  Responsibilities also include establishing and maintaining an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service activities as appropriate. 

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate completed by September 16, 2019 in Psychology or closely related discipline
  • Focus of scholarship includes applying psychological theory within a domain of applied psychology or applied research methodology 
  • Commitment to applying psychological research methodologies to promote individual or community well-being
  • Publication record commensurate with experience
  • Teaching experience commensurate with experience and a commitment to excellence in teaching, an ability to contribute to our curriculum, including in our undergraduate statistics and research methodology courses 
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor students in research or community projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • This position is subject to a fingerprint background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior independent research experience applying psychological theory and research methodologies to real-world phenomena

  • The ability to bridge more than one domain within psychology, or between psychology and other disciplines

  • Experience with cutting edge computational data science tools 


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit your application to Dr. Barbara Lehman and Dr. Tina Du Rocher Schudlichthrough Western’s PageUp system ( You should include a cover letter that addresses your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. The letter should specify potential contributions to our undergraduate program, the domain of your applied research program, the ways in which you are committed to equity and inclusion, and highlight the ways in which your strengths are consistent with our department and with the priorities we have outlined for this position. The application should also include a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and copies of representative publications. You will be asked to provide contact information for three references. Letters will be automatically requested from the referee via the PageUp system.

Closing Date Notes

Review of complete files will begin on October 15, 2018; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay). All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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