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Biological Foundations of Behavior - Tenure Track Position

Department of Psychology, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Position Description:

The Department of Psychology at Providence College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (beginning fall 2020).

Providence College is a Roman Catholic four-year liberal arts college conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars and seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its mission. Providence College is committed to upholding an academic culture and campus community that attracts and supports the development of a stellar and diverse faculty reflecting the global environment in which we live and work. The Psychology Department places a high value on hiring individuals who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds to help promote an equitable and inclusive learning experience. An AA/EOE, the College especially encourages the application of women and persons of color.

Tenure-track faculty appointments offer competitive salaries and full benefits. Additionally, the College provides reimbursement of relocation costs and offers travel funds for academic conferences. Faculty may also apply for a semester long paid sabbatical to support their scholarship before tenure.  


Providence College’s state-of-the-art Caiafa Center for Psychological Science, scheduled to be fully renovated Fall 2019, features flexible human lab space, as well as a well-equipped animal vivarium and wet lab. In addition to engaging students in research, candidates will teach 5-6 undergraduate courses per academic year, including a survey (3 credits), research (with lab, 4 credits), and an advanced seminar course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to a year-long, integrated Research Methods & Statistics course, Introduction to Psychology, and the interdisciplinary Neuroscience program.


Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field, with an emphasis on studying the biological foundations of behavior (broadly defined). Potential areas of scholarship could include but are not limited to Sensation and Perception, Human Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, and Psychoneuroimmunology. Successful applicants should also provide evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and demonstrate the ability to establish an active program of research.

To Apply:

Applicants should apply no later than October 21, 2019 online at Applications should include a cover letter stating their candidacy for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference. Inquiries may be directed to Christopher Bloom, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair,