Assistant Professor of Psychology

St. Olaf College

Assistant Professor of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Social Psychology at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2024.

Candidates with teaching and research specialties in all subareas of social psychology are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome those with an applied research area focus, which may include working with marginalized populations, and/or specializing in topics such as community, health, immigration, work and organizations, or environmental justice. Teaching responsibilities include courses in social psychology and advanced courses in an area of specialization, as well as research methods or introductory psychology.

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to high-quality undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education, and have experience or potential for an active research program that engages undergraduate students. Applicants from underrepresented groups as well as those who have experience working with diverse undergraduate student or participant populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

A completed Ph.D. in social psychology or a closely related area by the time of appointment is strongly preferred.

About the Department:
The St. Olaf Psychology Department is a collegial community including ten permanent faculty whose areas span the breadth of psychology including behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, clinical, developmental, personality, and social psychology. We highly value both teaching and undergraduate research and have an endowment fund to help support research with students. As one of the largest majors on campus, we graduate approximately 70-80 majors each year. Many faculty members have interdisciplinary interests as well, with connections to a variety of St. Olaf programs such as Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Family Studies, Applied Linguistics, Neuroscience, Nordic Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Study Abroad/Away, and Academic Civic Engagement. The Department is housed in the Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, a state-of-the-art facility. For more information about the department, visit

At St. Olaf College, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply:
A complete application includes:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Diversity statement (200-500 word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.
4. Graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
5. Statement describing your teaching philosophy and objectives, teaching interests, and the educational goals you have for your students (maximum 2-3 pages)
6. Statement of research and interest, including anticipated undergraduate involvement (maximum 2-3 pages)
7. The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in November. Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Jeremy Loebach, Search Committee Chair, at

Who We Are:
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

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The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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