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Assistant Professor, Social Psychology

McMaster University

The Social Psychology program at McMaster University, in partnership with the Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology, invites applications for a tenure-track position starting July 1, 2018 at the rank of Assistant Professor (or junior Associate Professor level in exceptional circumstances).

This position reflects a novel collaboration in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The successful applicant will be appointed in either Political Science or Sociology, as appropriate given background and training, but will commit half their core teaching to the Social Psychology program and will fulfil their administrative responsibilities primarily in the program.

The Social Psychology program is a multidisciplinary undergraduate program that allows students to explore the relationship between individual and society through courses in a broad range of disciplines. We seek an outstanding candidate who will contribute to the development of the LAW, JUSTICE, CRIME AND DEVIANCE stream within the program and whose research interests fall within this general area. Among the topics covered in this stream are social psychological approaches to crime, criminality, deviance, dissent and extra-legal mobilization (including cybercrime and hacktivism); mechanisms of social control (including policing, law enforcement, and medicalization); deviant identities; pathologies of law, power and social control (including authoritarianism); decision-making and persuasion (including jury deliberation); violence, terrorism and fear (including genocide).

The Department of Political Science is a leading centre for the study of contemporary political developments in the areas of governance, institutions and public policy; equality, identity and representation; sovereignty, democracy, immigration and citizenship; and international conflict, security and authoritarianism. At the graduate level, the Department offers MA degrees in Political Science and International Relations, and PhDs in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations. The Department also offers a range of undergraduate degrees, including an Honours BA with a Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies as well as a Minor in Law, Justice and Order.

The Department of Sociology is a leading, research-intensive department, seeking to advance the discipline, build Canadian Sociology, and help globalize the sociological imagination. McMaster Sociology is committed to enhancing diversity and to fortifying the strengths of current faculty and students in: Education, Work and Occupations; Gender, Sexuality and Family; Political Sociology, Social Movements and Social Policy; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social Inequality, and Social Psychology. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD) degrees.

Applicants must either hold a PhD or be expected to complete their PhD by July 1, 2018. Indicators of potential for excellence in research and teaching are essential. As a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and consistent with McMaster’s vision of being a student-centred, research-intensive university, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a dynamic program research yielding significant peer-reviewed publications, to attract external peer-reviewed research funding, and to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development, including teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising graduate students.

Applications must include the following: a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a statement of teaching and research interests, a selection of research papers and three letters of reference (see below).

Application materials should be sent by e-mail to, with a subject line that reads “Law, Justice, Crime and Deviance Position” followed by your full name. Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address with the same subject line.

Review of applications begins on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, persons with disabilities, First nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBT-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact Human Resources Service Centre at ext. 22247. For more information about the Social Psychology program or the Departments of Political Science or Sociology, please consult:

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged 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 citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

“Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”

“No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”