Assistant Professor (Neuroscience - any specialty)Psychological Science

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science to begin September 1, 2024. Candidates with specialties in any areas of neuroscience are welcome to apply and will be given full consideration.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving 2,000 students, where faculty help equip students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota, and within a short drive to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Mankato metro areas. Learn more at

Department Information: The Department of Psychological Science is committed to promoting psychology as a science both for the sake of gaining understanding and for the applications that may emerge as a consequence. Our departmental neuroscience teaching labs, research equipment and facilities allow for both animal and human research. We also work with the Gustavus Center for Inclusive Excellence and other college constituencies to promote equity and inclusivity in our department and on campus. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

Things you will do:

Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department.

  • Teach a 6-course equivalent each academic year. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release. Primary teaching responsibilities will include Brain and Behavior and courses in the successful candidate’s individual specialization. In addition, the candidate will be called on to teach core courses for the major such as Introduction to Psychological Science, Statistics, and Research Methods.
  • Help cultivate a welcoming community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We strive to foster an environment where people can be themselves, build community, learn, and grow.
  • Improve your teaching by joining a teaching circle, participating in workshops, applying for an internal teaching development grant, and engaging in conversations about teaching with colleagues across campus.
  • Advance your scholarship by working with undergraduate research assistants, joining a writing retreat, applying for an internal grant, receiving travel funds to present at conferences, receiving help applying for external grants, and making use of our research facilities.
  • Develop professional skills by participating in faculty meetings and committees, attending faculty development days, and taking advantage of the College’s membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

How to apply:

Visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the required and preferred position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement in which you describe how your lived experiences and/or activities in primary areas of responsibility (e.g., teaching, scholarship, service, and advising) contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 10, 2023. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Things you’ll like:

Based on AAUP (American Association of University Professors) and CUPA (College and University Professional Association) data, we offer a starting salary that is competitive with our peer institutions as well as comprehensive benefits that prioritize your personal and financial wellbeing.

  • Medical insurance (which includes access to Nice Healthcare) as well as dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Workplace accommodations for physical or mental health concerns
  • Access to mental health apps
  • Onsite health services
  • Free parking, exercise classes, and use of library and athletic facilities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Daily multifaith sabbath
  • Employer contribution to retirement savings plan (after one year of employment)
  • 1-on-1 financial coaching

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging:



  • PhD in Psychology or related field; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 30, 2024
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of research accomplishments
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Stated willingness to teach Introduction to Psychological Science, Statistics, and Research Methods


  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses and knowledge of evidence-based pedagogy
  • Demonstrated use of pedagogical methods that foster equity and inclusion for all students
  • Experience engaging in research collaboration with undergraduates
  • Commitment to a liberal arts education

Posted 09/01/2023


Marie Walker | | 507-933-7412

Posted: Fri Sep 1, 2023

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