University of Connecticut, Psychological Sciences

Position ID:UConn-Psychological Sciences-496081 [#21218, 496081]
Position Title: Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor)
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Psychology / Social Psychology
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/02/18, finished 2023/05/01, listed until 2023/02/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Social Psychology area in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a non-tenure-track Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor) with a focus on Diversity Science. This is a two-year position, renewed annually, to conduct research in Diversity Science and teach one related undergraduate course per year.  

The successful candidate will develop a Diversity Science research project or projects that would benefit from collaboration with one or more Social Psychology faculty. For instance, their project could focus on understanding stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination processes from social cognitive (Chaney, Johnson), identity (Chaney, Garr-Schultz), institutional (Pratto), cultural (Ramirez-Esparza), or health approach (Quinn). Special consideration will be given to scholars interested in integrating across research areas and working with multiple Social Psychology faculty, and to candidates who bring unique perspectives to the field that have been traditionally ignored or undervalued. Information about the faculty and their research programs can be found at

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary cohort of CLAS Teaching and Research Scholars and will be offered training and support related to teaching, career development, and resources to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. The scholar will benefit from the following departmental resources for conducting research: access to the PSYC undergraduate participant pool (n = 2,300 annually), ample laboratory space with computer equipment, MindWare and Biopac cardiovascular equipment, and research assistants (including students from the honors program, McNair, and work study). They will also have opportunities to receive advanced statistical training in dyadic, multilevel, and longitudinal analyses through courses and workshops offered in the summer or during the academic year.

The ideal candidate for this position is a recent Social Psychology PhD. We especially encourage individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia to apply. The Psychological Sciences Department and the Social Psychology area are both strongly committed to increasing diversity in the academic pipeline, as evidenced by the recent successful hiring of Diversity Science scholars (Chaney, Garr-Schultz).

The position is partially funded by sponsoring faculty members.  Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty sponsors before applying to discuss research fit. Applicants should send a CV, a Diversity statement, at least 2 letters of recommendation, and a research statement (no longer than 4 pages) describing (1) your educational and research background, (2) areas of interest, and (3) what you would like to accomplish in your postdoctoral training. For full consideration, applicants should submit materials by February 1st, 2023.

The Psychological Sciences Department includes Ph.D. programs in Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Ecological, I/0, Language and Cognition, and Social Psychology, as well as several areas of inter-program collaboration including Diversity Science. There are currently 58 FT faculty and 130 FT doctoral students. The department and university have a commitment to pursuing inclusive excellence.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
  • Completion of the Ph.D. in Social Psychology by the start of the position
  • Plan for innovative research that contributes to knowledge in Diversity Science
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion within an academic setting
  • Ability to teach one undergraduate course related to area of interest 
  • Strong research fit with Diversity Science faculty in the Social Psychology Area
  • A record of scholarly productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduates
This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position anticipated to begin in August 2023. The salary for the position is $65,000.  The position is physically located on the main Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

The position is partially funded by sponsoring faculty members.  Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty sponsors before applying to discuss research fit. 
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research statement no longer than 4 pages) describing (1) your educational and research background, (2) areas of interest, and (3) what you would like to accomplish in your postdoctoral training;
  • Commitment to diversity statement,
  • At least two (2) letters of reference.
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Psychological Sciences Department
Bousfield Psychology Building
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269