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Assistant Professor, Limited Term, Psychology

Acadia University

Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology, Assistant Professor
9.5 month Limited Term Position
Position #21110

Acadia University is in Mtaban, Mi'kmaki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaw, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) people. The university is committed to upholding the spirit and tenets of the Treaties of Peace and Friendship. Acadia also respects the historical and contemporary contributions of African Nova Scotians to the land, culture, and life of the region.

Acadia University is one of Canada’s premier undergraduate universities, offering a liberal arts education unique among post-secondary institutions. Acadia offers a stimulating, vibrant environment, on and off campus, where dedicated faculty inspire and challenge students to be their best through supportive personalized learning environments, holistic education, and nurturing community engagement. Academic innovation and a technology-rich teaching and learning environment have garnered the university a reputation for excellence. Our progressive workplace is located only one hour from Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley. With a commitment to sustainability, the region offers locally-crafted artisan food and beverage, with many communities embracing organic, fair-trade, and farm-to-table ideals. There is a small, and vibrant, francophone community in the Annapolis Valley, and the university campus is situated 6 km from Grand-Pré National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that commemorates and celebrates Acadian contributions to the region.

The Position:

The Department of Psychology invites applications for a 9.5 month Continuing Limited Term position at the Assistant Professor (or Lecturer, if the PhD is not yet complete) rank to commence August 1, 2023. The successful candidate would teach 2 sections of Developmental Psychology, Introductory Psychology, and 2 other courses dependent on the candidate’s teaching interest and/or expertise. There would also be the possibility of supervising undergraduate research projects if that is of interest.

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must have (or be near completion of) a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related discipline. Ideally, the candidate would have experience teaching and/or conducting research in developmental psychology, broadly defined.

Workplace Environment:

For over a century, the Psychology Department has had a presence at Acadia, and today it is a one of the largest academic departments on campus (with 500+ majors, 20-25 honours students, and 10-12 graduate students) offering numerous programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, we are distinguished from other institutions for our neuroscience and applied options; at the graduate level we offer a unique Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology that leads to certification as a clinical psychologist. Our Department was one of the first on campus to form an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee to work on fostering a climate within and outside of the classroom that is equitable and inclusive to persons from diverse backgrounds.

Following several retirements, the department is in a growth phase, and sees the possibility of future tenure-track openings in Developmental Psychology. The Department recently saw the development of a world-class Centre for Cognitive Health & Neuroscience, which includes state-of-the art facilities including EEG, eye tracking, motion tracking, and observations rooms. There are opportunities for professional and research collaborations throughout the region, including Landmark East, Canada’s only independent school for students with learning differences and the Issac Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre, the largest Children’s Hospital in Atlantic Canada.


As outlined in the 16th Collective Agreement between the Faculty Association and the University Board of Governors, Acadia faculty receive a range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan, yearly professional development funds, dental/vision insurance, professional insurance and registration fees, health insurance to complement the public system, and internal research funding opportunities. The University provides relocation expenses, dependent on the distance moved. For further information on salary and benefits, please see the 16th Collective Agreement.

How to Apply: Candidates are asked to submit their application in a single PDF document to Receipt of the application will be acknowledged via email. Applications should include the following:

Apply by sending a letter describing teaching potential or experience, research experience and a curriculum vitae. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate ways in which the applicant’s teaching and/or research could contribute to the department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please include the names and email/phone contact information of three references (to be contacted if short-listed).

Dr Randy Lynn Newman, Chair of the Search Committee
Professor and Head, Department of Psychology
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada B4P 2R6

Acadia University invites applications from all qualified individuals. The University encourages applications from Indigenous people; African Canadians; African Nova Scotians; persons with disabilities; visible minorities; women; persons of any minority sexuality, gender identity or gender expression; and all intersections of these identities. Acadia embraces the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental in creating an expansive academic environment and champions diverse knowledge systems as pillars of academic excellence.

All applicants are required to submit an online Employment Equity Self-Identification Form as part of their application package . The form provides the option of self-identifying based on the applicant’s comfort level. Please note that failure to complete the form by the closing date will result in the disqualification of your application.

Closing Date: June 5, 2023

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact Dr. Randy Lynn Newman, Chair and Professor of Psychology (