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Assistant Professor - Psychology (Professional Teaching Position)

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Psychology Department is introducing a BA Psychology program at the new Laurier Milton campus ( beginning September 2024 and we are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated scholar to lead the implementation and ongoing development of the new program. In this role, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of Psychology education at Laurier. As a key member of the department, the candidate will be expected to teach foundational courses including Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics, as well as courses in one or more of the following substantive areas: Clinical Psychology, Community Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience. The candidate will also play a lead role in program planning, administration, and curriculum development at the new campus, and teaching responsibilities may be multicampus with course delivery at Waterloo, Brantford, and Milton campuses.


To be considered for this position, candidates must have a PhD in Psychology or a closely related field and evidence of commitment to, and superior ability in, teaching, curriculum development, and pedagogical innovation. We seek an established scholar with extensive professional experience with a minimum of two years of experience in university teaching and service, who is well prepared for a leadership role on a new campus. Evidence of an ongoing program of research in Psychology, and interest in contributing to externally funded research and student training would be considered assets.

The candidate must have a passion for psychology education and student success. Among the primary expectations from the applicants for this position will be demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence and educational innovation. The successful candidate is also expected to have a demonstrated commitment to service to the University and the academic community, and to scholarly and/or professional activity. For more information on Professional Teaching Positions at Laurier, please see Article 13.2 of the Collective Agreement (

As programming at the Milton campus will have an applied focus, we value a broad approach to the discipline of Psychology where the application of theoretical knowledge is key; expertise in the application of Psychology to environmental and sustainability issues is especially welcome. Also, in line with our focus on experiential learning, we are seeking a candidate with an interest in incorporating experiential learning opportunities into the curriculum and mentoring undergraduate students including through the supervision of independent studies. Finally, the successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to the advancement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; ideally this would be apparent in all aspects of the application.


The responsibilities of the position will include:

• Teaching up to six one-term undergraduate courses in Psychology, including foundational courses in Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics. Course load may be reduced in recognition of leadership and administrative activity.
• Taking a leadership role in the implementation and ongoing development of the new BA Psychology program at Milton.
• Engaging students in innovative and effective teaching methods, including experiential learning.
• Advising and mentoring students in their academic and career pursuits.
• Collaborating with colleagues on curriculum development and program improvements.
• Participating in departmental meetings and university service activities.
• Pursuing scholarly activities in a substantive area of Psychology, which may include scholarship related to teaching and pedagogy.

Aligned with Laurier’s Action Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Indigeneity (
), the Department of Psychology is strongly committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our hiring process and consideration of candidates with lived experience. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates from diverse and equity-deserving groups including, but not limited to, individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) as well as those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, and differently abled.

The Department of Psychology is home to more than 30 full-time faculty members researching and teaching in social, developmental, and community psychology, and in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. The Department of Psychology values collegiality, a collaborative approach to faculty interaction, and a supportive work environment. Applicants can learn more about the Department of Psychology at

Applicants should submit: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, a statement of current and prospective research interests, copies of up to three publications, and contact information for a maximum of three academic referees. Applicants are encouraged to include statements in their cover letter that speak to their experience with and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., scholarship, teaching, mentoring, lived experience). Submit applications to:
Dr. Roger Buehler, Chair,
Department of Psychology,
Wilfrid Laurier University,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5,
c/o Lucy Carreiro (email:

Electronic submission of applications is preferred. Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2024, at 11:59pm.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to Ruth MacNeil, Senior Administrative Officer, Faculty of Science ( Further information on the equity policy can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact

The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Department Appointments and Promotion Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.