Tenure-Track Position in Psychology and Animal Behavior (Open-Rank)

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Animal Behavior, Psychology

The Psychology Department and Animal Behavior Program at Bucknell University invite applications for an open-rank, tenure-track faculty position in the area of Animal Behavior with a research focus on non-human primates, beginning August, 2024. Bucknell houses three species of socially housed non-human primates that will support the teaching and scholarly research of the successful candidate (capuchin monkeys, hamadryas baboons, and squirrel monkeys). The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher-scholar with a commitment and interest in teaching a diverse population of undergraduates, integrating high-impact educational experiences into courses, and a strong or promising record of scholarship.

The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, develop a strong body of scholarship in their field of specialization related to animal behavior and/or cognition, and participate in service activities at a combination of program, department, college, and university levels, and in the wider academic community. The successful candidate will maintain an active research program that utilizes our on-campus population of non-human primates, generates peer-reviewed publications, and involves mentorship of undergraduates. As part of our faculty and staff non-human primate facility management team, an ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in future leadership in this area.

As part of the five-course per year teaching load, the successful candidate will be expected to teach from among the following courses: animal behavior, an advanced research methods course, an advanced seminar in the candidate’s area of expertise, and one of the Psychology Department’s introductory courses (Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, or Psychological Statistics). Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to offer courses that contribute to the College Core Curriculum, such as Integrated Perspectives courses or Foundation Seminars. Opportunity exists to supervise Master's degree students in Psychology and/or Animal Behavior.

A Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Animal Behavior, or closely related field is required by the start of the appointment. We expect to hire at the entry level, but will consider appointment at a senior rank, without tenure, for outstanding candidates with demonstrated success in undergraduate mentorship and a record of leadership consistent with the teacher-scholar model. We welcome candidates who demonstrate excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices, and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

Applicants should submit:
1) A cover letter
2) A C.V.
3) A statement of teaching philosophy addressing the applicant’s commitment to undergraduate teaching
4) A brief description of their preparation to teach the classes described above and evidence of teaching effectiveness or promise
5) A research plan outlining the applicant’s intentions for scholarly work with the non-human primates housed at Bucknell, including how that work would engage undergraduate students
6) A diversity statement addressing the applicant’s experience with and commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment
7) Three letters of recommendation submitted separately.

For additional information and to apply, please go to Bucknell’s career site, jobs.bucknell.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 15th, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Reggie Gazes, search committee chair, reggie.gazes@bucknell.edu, 570-577-1769, for more information. Visit www.departments.bucknell.edu/psychology and https://www.bucknell.edu/academics/college-arts-sciences/academic-departments-programs/animal-behavior-program for more information about the department and program.

Work Type: 
This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt faculty position. 


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.


About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed to these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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