Assistant Professor of Psychology

Tenure-Track | Teach Undergraduate Courses | Open Specializations

Briar Cliff University of Iowa, an institution committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective, invites applications for TWO 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Psychology positions beginning in August 2024. The area of expertise is open, but preference will be given to candidates with specialization in (a) Developmental Psychology, (b) Clinical Psychology, or (c) Behavioral (i.e., Behavior Analysis). For candidates with specialization in Behavior Analysis, preference will be given to candidates that are accredited as Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Regardless of the specialization, candidates should have experience teaching/be prepared to teach Introductory Psychology courses and courses in Professional Development and Research Methods. Below is a listing of courses specific to each specialization (successful candidates should be able to teach all courses listed for their respective specialization).

Developmental Specialization:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Adulthood and Aging

Clinical Specialization:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Forensic Psychology

Behavioral Specialization:

  • Principles of Learning
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Single-Subject Research Methods

Beyond teaching assigned courses, the successful candidate will be expected to set up and maintain an active research laboratory or professional internship opportunity. These activities should be designed to promote undergraduate participation in research or clinical opportunities. Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to the University’s Franciscan Mission through service to the University and Siouxland Community.


  • A Ph.D. or the ability to show evidence of the planned receipt of the degree before the Fall 2024 semester.
  • Evidence of strong instructional effectiveness, and strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusiveness.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide (please note that applications will NOT be reviewed until all materials have been received):

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter (in letter, please describe preparation to teach courses specific to this position)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and diversity
  • Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Names and contact information for three references who will not be contacted without consent

Briar Cliff University is an equal opportunity employer. 

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