Visiting Assistant Professor

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Department: Cognitive & Learning Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences, Psychology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences ( at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position beginning in August 2022. The contract term is 1 year, with an opportunity for renewal for a second year. While research is not required for this position, the visiting assistant professor will have access to shared laboratory space and participant pool to conduct research. There is an opportunity to engage in meaningful research, particularly if undergraduates can contribute.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

We seek a teacher-scholar with commitment to undergraduate student learning and inclusive pedagogy. The successful candidate will teach two courses during the first semester, with three courses in subsequent semesters. Courses will include Cognitive Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Culture and Cognition, and Introduction to Psychology. Other potential courses may include Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Sensation, and Perception, Critical Thinking, Developmental Psychology, or other courses in the candidate’s area of interest that also satisfy elective options in one of our concentration areas (cognitive, social, clinical, or human factors). We provide visiting faculty with mentoring in teaching and resources for professional development (e.g., conference travel funding).

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or be ABD in psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline by September 2022. Teaching is the primary focus of this position. 

Required Experience (minimum requirements)


Desirable Education and/or Experience

Prior teaching experience is desired, but not required. We are especially interested in candidates with experience as the instructor of record for a course, as part of their doctoral training or in previous academic appointments.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Strong communication and presentation skills. Potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate level. Knowledge and training in one or more of the content areas for teaching.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. 

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

The position starts on August 16, 2022. Candidates applying by June 10, 2022, are assured full consideration, but the position remains open until it is filled. Application materials should emphasize the applicant’s teaching philosophy and experience. Interested candidates should submit:
● cover letter
● curriculum vitae
● teaching statement
● evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student feedback, peer/supervisor observations, or other evidence)
● research statement (optional)

Applicants will need to include names and contact information for three reference providers, at least one of which addresses teaching ability. Letters will be requested if the applicant advances in the hiring process. 

Additional Information

Michigan Tech, with 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, is a public mid-sized research (RU/H) university with approximately 7000 enrolled students. The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences has 9 faculty members with active research programs and interests in learning, human factors, and memory. The Department offers BS degrees in Psychology and Human Factors, and MS and Ph.D. programs in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors.
Located in Houghton, in the heart of Upper Michigan’s scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, the university is just a few miles from Lake Superior. The surrounding area is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities throughout the year.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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