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Assistant Teaching Professor - Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Cognitive Science

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The Department of Cognitive Science within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We invite applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor position in any area of Cognitive Science. Fields of particular interest are Data Science, Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Language/Culture, Machine Learning, or Neural Computation, but others will also be considered. We are especially interested in candidates who will flourish in a Cognitive Science Department, and whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within an academic setting. Joint appointment with other departments can be considered where appropriate.

The Assistant Teaching Professor is also known within the UC as an LPSOE (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment). The LPSOE series parallels that of the research-focused series but with emphasis upon excellence in teaching and other instruction-related activities. Individuals in the position are expected to provide outstanding teaching, as well as to engage in professional activity (including research on pedagogy) and service related to the pedagogical mission of the department and university. This appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate, and, contingent upon promotion, tenure-paralleling security of employment.

The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science was the first of its kind in the world, and, as part of an exceptional scientific community, continues to influence the field it helped to create. The department is truly interdisciplinary, with a faculty whose interests span anthropology, computer science, design, human development, human-computer interaction, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and vision. We welcome candidates to apply whose PhD or M.F.A. or equivalent degree are in these disciplines. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.F.A. or equivalent degree in their area of expertise or completion of degree by the start date of the position. An interdisciplinary perspective and experience with multiple methodologies are highly valued.

The preferred candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity. Candidates will be favored who will contribute to instruction-related activities (e.g. conducting TA training, curriculum development, creation of instructional materials including online instruction, employ new technologies) at the campus, statewide and national level.

Candidates should submit, via online application to : (a) a short cover letter describing background and interests, (b) vita, (c) teaching statement, (d) documentation of teaching excellence [e.g. links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, on-line instructional segments], (e) statement of scholarly activities [which may include research on pedagogical focus], (f) reprints of up to four representative publications/scholarly articles particularly with a pedagogical focus, (g) personal statement summarizing their contributions [or potential contributions] to diversity and leadership (, and (h) at least three letters of reference [from Associate or Full Professors (or of equivalent rank)] commenting on the candidate’s pedagogical skills, among other attributes [provide referee name, title, address and email] to

Applications received by March 20, 2017 will be given full consideration. However, positions will remain open until filled.

Appointments will begin July 1, 2017 and salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity and to addressing dual career issues ( All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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San Diego, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize quality of teaching in classroom and student mentoring.

  • Documentation of Teaching Excellence - e.g. links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, on-line instructional segments

  • Statement of Scholarly Activities - May include research on pedagogical focus.

  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publications - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles particularly with a pedagogical focus (attach PDF)

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Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required