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Assistant Professor, Social Psychology

McMaster University

The Social Psychology program at McMaster University, in partnership with the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Health, Aging and Society, 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 one of the two academic departments (Anthropology or Health, Aging and Society), as appropriate given background and training, but will commit half of their core teaching to the Social Psychology program and will fulfil their administrative responsibilities primarily in the program.

The Social Psychology program is a relatively new multidisciplinary program that allows undergraduate students to explore the relationship between individual and society through courses in a broad range of disciplines and fields. We seek specifically an outstanding candidate who will be able to contribute to the development of the MENTAL HEALTH stream within the program and whose research interests fall generally within this area. Among the areas covered in this stream are social constructions of mental health and illness, lived experiences of mental health, wellness or illness, stigma, social psychological approaches to treatments and strategies of care and healing for individuals with mental health problems, psychiatry and mental health professionals, and the organization of mental health work.

The Department of Anthropology is a three-field program (archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology) with research strengths in politics, history, social transformations, and community health & illness. The Department has a vibrant MA and PhD program, including a graduate field in the Anthropology of Health.

The Department of Health Aging and Society is an interdisciplinary unit giving attention to the social and cultural perspectives on health, illness and aging, social systems and services in health care, and care broadly, as well as the broader determinants of health and diverse aspects of aging. The Department has a strong research focus and prides itself on a commitment to innovative research and educational practices. The Department offers a number of undergraduate degrees, and has an active graduate program offering a Master’s degree and two PhDs (Social Gerontology; Health Studies).

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 “Mental Health 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 Anthropology or Health, Aging and Society, 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.”