College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Psychology and Sociology Department Open Position

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, Psychology and Sociology Department - STEM

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2018 in the Psychology and Sociology Department to work with recent hires in the Departments of Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Mathematics & Statistics. This will create a cluster of faculty with a commitment to working together to implement and disseminate research-based pedagogy in STEM. 

The Position

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses, advising students, conducting research, and providing service to the department, college, and university. Successful candidates will demonstrate the potential to engage in innovative research-based pedagogy in STEM or to conduct research in STEM education or related areas of Psychology. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree (PhD preferred) in Psychology (educational, social, cognitive, developmental, or I/O psychology) or a closely related field by August 15, 2018.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students and community populations.
  • Demonstrated potential for success in scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsive to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and/or service, and of commitment to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

Candidates with specialization relevant to understanding barriers and facilitators of success and learning in STEM and other courses are encouraged to apply. Additional professional experience and/or teaching experience include:

  • Quantitative or mixed methods experience 
  • Demonstrated expertise and/or interest in applied research methods. Demonstrated expertise and/or interest in STEM pedagogy, and/or access and equity in STEM education is preferred. Examples of research in STEM pedagogy include but are not limited to: examining factors that interest students in STEM areas, identifying barriers that prevent students from pursuing STEM careers, and pedagogical approaches that inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.

Cluster Participation

Successful candidates in the cross-disciplinary cluster in STEM pedagogy are:

  • Expected to work with other members of the cluster and the campus community to implement and promote proven pedagogy in STEM.
  • Expected to mentor and ensure student success across disciplines.
  • Strongly encouraged to pursue grants in collaboration with other faculty to promote student success in STEM.

Application Procedure

A completed online application will consist of (prepare all files in .pdf format):

  • Cover Letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description, particularly the ability or desire to work as part of a cluster across disciplines to promote high impact pedagogical practices.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position; 
  • A Student Success Statement about the candidate’s commitment to working with a diverse student population, including expertise and/or experiences in promoting educational equity (eg, ethnic and racial diversity, socio-economic diversity, gender equity, inclusion of LGBTQ, religion, and ablism; approximately one page, single-spaced);
  • A Teaching Statement, which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness and a discussion of teaching philosophy;
  • A Research Statement or scholarship plan;
  • Three Recent (signed and dated within the past 2 years) letters of reference.  The link for reference letter writers to follow is
  • Transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists);
  • A completed Academic Employment Application Form.  Please go to

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 15, 2017. Early response is encouraged. To apply, please go to

Inquires regarding the position should be addressed to:

Psychology Cluster Search Committee                            
Psychology & Sociology Department                                   
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona                  
3801 West Temple Avenue                                                            
Pomona, CA  91768                                                                     
(909) 869-3890     FAX: (909) 869-4930


For additional information contact:

Dr. Jeffery Scott Mio, Search Chair
Psychology & Sociology Department
(909) 869-3899

The University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our student population of approximately 23,000 enrolls in 51 baccalaureate programs, 30 master's degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit successful and career-focused students from throughout California and beyond. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Southern California is one of the most dynamic economic and cultural environments in the country, and the campus is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences advances knowledge and learning in established academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts. It provides introductory and advanced course work in 20 degree and certificate programs. Website:

About the Department

The Department of Psychology and Sociology consists of 26 tenured/tenure track faculty covering two majors, and houses a graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy Preparation.  The Department offers general undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology, a Sociology degree with a specialty in Criminology, and a Sociology degree with a specialty in Social Work.  While the department consists of professors with degrees in both Psychology and Sociology, the current search is for professors to teach only in the Psychology division of the department.


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university's annual security report is available at The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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