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Assistant Professor Psychology - Cognition

Apply now Work type: TT Faculty
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology
About the University

Western Washington University is a primarily undergraduate university, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school. Western is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students, and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe. Bellingham is a scenic coastal community of 90,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings and was listed as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

About the Department

The Department of Psychology has 33 permanent full-time faculty. In addition to our undergraduate B.S. psychology major, 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 department supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. Please visit the department website to learn more about our mission. As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western and the department are strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body. We highly encourage applications from  women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and scholars who are from other populations historically underrepresented in the academy and/or who have experience working with diverse populations.

About the Position

The Department of Psychology at Western Washington University seeks applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor position with expertise in cognitive psychology to begin September 16, 2022.

This is an assistant professor position in cognitive psychology, generally defined. The position is open with respect to area of expertise. Possible basic and applied topics in cognitive psychology might include, but are not limited to: culture and cognition, cross-racial perceptual effects, perception, attention, memory, human-computer interaction, eyewitness memory, learning and education, aging, embodied cognition, social cognition, and judgment and decision-making concerning current social issues. We are seeking candidates who have experience with equitable and inclusive teaching, mentorship, and research practices and share a strong commitment to promoting the success of students from historically underrepresented groups. The candidate will have teaching experience commensurate with their career level. They will be required to teach courses at the undergraduate level in cognitive psychology, other areas of expertise, and 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
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds through teaching, research, and service
  • Scholarship record in cognitive psychology commensurate with experience
  • A program of meaningfully mentoring undergraduate students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. Mentorship is broadly defined to include areas such as career paths, university resources, research, or teaching.
  • Teaching experience commensurate with their career level as well as a commitment to excellence and inclusivity in teaching, and an ability to contribute to our curriculum in cognition and undergraduate statistics and research methodology
  • Ph.D. at time of application or ABD at time of application in Cognitive or Experimental Psychology with expertise in Cognition. Candidates appointed ABD must complete all degree requirements by June 15th of their first year of employment.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience working within an open science framework


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit your application to Dr. Cristina Sampaio and Dr. Ira Hyman through 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 summarize the ways in which your strengths are consistent with the values of the department and the priorities we have outlined for this position, including your commitment to working toward equity and inclusion, potential contributions to our undergraduate program, and the domain of your cognitive research program. The application should also include:

1) a curriculum vitae;

2) a statement of teaching philosophy that provides evidence of your ability to create an equitable and inclusive educational experience that will meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds;

3) a statement of research interests that describes your program of research and emphasizes your plans for involving and mentoring undergraduate students;

4) a diversity statement addressing your track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as your plans for future engagement through your teaching, research, and/or service (for more information about Western’s commitment to and work on equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President’s page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity);

5) and copies of representative publications.


You will be asked to provide contact information for three references. Letters will be automatically requested from the referees via the PageUp system.

Closing Date Notes

Review of complete files will begin on October 31, 2021; position is open until filled. For more information about Western Washington University, see the Psychology Department's web page.

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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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