Assistant Professor in Biological Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience - Tenure-Track

Department of Psychology


The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture,Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. Information about the campus is available at: 

The Department of Psychology currently consists of eight full-time faculty positions and approximately 300 undergraduate majors. Department faculty have consistently been recognized for excellence in teaching, advising, research, and service. Students are actively involved in two departmental student organizations, service activities, international study, and research experiences. More information is available at:


The Position:

Principal responsibilities include teaching courses in Physiological Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics as well as potential courses in the candidate's specific area of expertise. The position is a nine month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position, with a teaching load of 12 credits per semester. Faculty are expected to advise students, provide service to the department and university, and conduct research in their area of study. Successful candidates will have a passion for teaching and a demonstrated commitment to engaging students in undergraduate research. The appointment begins August, 2013.  Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research, we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international in-bound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Doctorate in Biological Psychology / Behavioral Neuroscience or related field at time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging students in undergraduate research.


To Apply:
Online applications are required at:

Submit a curriculum vitae (resume) and a letter of interest (cover letter) that includes (1) evidence for the qualifications listed above; (2) a statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy; and (3) a statement addressing the ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures (diversity statement). Include an unofficial transcript (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation. Do not send letters of recommendation.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Todd Wilkinson

Department of Psychology

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Background checks are conducted on the final candidate for the position.

Deadline to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Official review will begin on February 20, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date.

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