The Department of Psychological Sciences and El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor for a joint position in Latinx Psychology.
While the area of specialization is open, we are particularly interested in applicants with a demonstrated scholarly interest in Afro-diasporic Latinx experiences whose research and teaching will engage the Latinx community in Hartford, Connecticut. UConn Hartford is a Minority Serving Institution and an emergent Hispanic Serving Institution. Psychological Science (PSYC) is the highest-enrolled and most sought-after major for undergraduates at UConn Hartford. It is one of six CLAS programs in which students are able to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree at UConn Hartford. El Instituto is a multidisciplinary research and teaching institute in the University of Connecticut's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. El Instituto's major in Latino and Latin American Studies unites the teaching of research skills with learning in service of communities. Its minor in Latino Studies has also recently become available to UConn Hartford students.
The Psychological Sciences Department includes Ph.D. programs in Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Ecological, I/O, Language and Cognition, and Social Psychology. There are currently 58 FT faculty and 130 FT doctoral students. El Instituto includes an MA program in Latino and Latin American Studies that incubates interdisciplinary study and research in Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.
Centered on teaching, research, and service in and about the global city, the UConn Hartford campus serves a community of approximately 1600 students, including larger first-generation (49%) and minoritized (50%) populations. With a vision of academic excellence focused on community-based, collaborative learning, UConn Hartford plays a critical role in advancing the University's commitment to innovation, leadership, global engagement, and cultural and intellectual diversity. The Hartford campus offers undergraduate classes in 36 departments and master's, doctoral, and certificate programs in four disciplines. Students can complete majors in English, Human Development and Family Sciences, Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Psychological Sciences, Urban and Community Studies, Digital Marketing & Analytics, Financial Management, and Social Work.
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.
A Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences or international equivalent by the appointment start date.
Commitment to equity and excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students within the Psychological Sciences Department and El Instituto.
Demonstrated understanding of barriers to equitable outcomes in STEM fields.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or public engagement via past actions, lived experience, or a detailed plan for future work.
A record of peer-reviewed publications and evidence of (or promise of) obtaining external research support.
A vibrant research agenda centered on Afro-Latinx studies with psychological research, allowing for interdisciplinary work.
Ability or commitment to teach an undergraduate course in support of both units' undergraduate teaching missions, including in Latinx studies.
Record of excellence in or potential for teaching and mentoring traditionally underserved undergraduate students.
Ability to strengthen the undergraduate research experience at UConn Hartford.
Experience working in an urban campus setting or the understanding and knowledge of the impact of the urban setting on teaching and the student experience.
This appointment is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Hartford campus.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
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.
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