Assistant Professor - Psychology and Mental Health

AUG Social Sciences

Competition No.  -    A105646913
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is located in Camrose, AB.

The Department of Social Sciences at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Psychology and Mental Health, commencing on July 01, 2022. The successful applicant will have a PhD in psychology or a related field. A research focus in Brain and Behaviour, Cognition, and/or Neuropsychology will be considered an asset.

The Psychology and Mental Health program at Augustana trains undergraduates as researchers and critical thinkers in preparation for the many roles they adopt in future careers. The program emphasizes methodology, both qualitative and quantitative. These program strengths combine well with Augustana’s Core, which focuses on problem-based learning.    We seek an emerging scholar with demonstrable potential of teaching excellence in the context of a liberal arts program. The Psychology and Mental Health program has a Brain and Behaviour stream that includes foundational courses in brain and behaviour, cognition, learning and quantitative analysis. The successful candidate will be involved in shaping this stream, including the development of senior courses in their area of expertise. 

Interviewees will demonstrate the potential for a strong and sustainable research program involving undergraduate researchers in the areas of Brain and Behaviour, Cognition, and/or Neuropsychology. Augustana has a small animal lab, though it does not have a wet lab. We welcome interdisciplinary researchers with the potential to collaborate with other faculty members at Augustana and across the University as a whole.

The Augustana Faculty enrolls approximately 1,050 undergraduate students in arts and science Bachelor’s degree programs with an interdisciplinary focus on a picturesque campus.  Augustana's student body is rich in diversity, more than 18% of our students are international and 4% identify as Indigenous. Located in Camrose, Alberta, approximately 90 kms southeast of Edmonton, we are on Treaty Six territory which provided a travelling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Métis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T'ina and Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage and ongoing model for our learning and our life as a community.  Augustana Faculty and the University as a whole have adopted a comprehensive Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and are signatories to the Dimensions Declaration and the Scarborough Declaration.

The Faculty is committed to high-quality, high-impact teaching practices, innovative and interdisciplinary programs and curricula grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and realizing opportunities for students in areas of undergraduate research. Our students benefit from programs that incorporate a common core and skills focus; service-learning and work-integrated learning; experiential education; and study abroad opportunities.  Our faculty members are engaged researchers from all of the Tri-Agency disciplines. 

To have your application considered, please submit the following documents as PDFs:

  • Cover letter that highlights the candidate’s profile [max. 2 pages]
  • Academic CV which includes the names of three (3) references
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy [max. 5 pages], which will also address how equity, diversity and inclusivity are incorporated in your teaching/pedagogy with the objective to increase the share of underrepresented students in your discipline
  • Outline of Research program [max. 3 pages], which will address your research plans, how they might be realized within the Faculty, and ways that undergraduate students can participate in your program

Review of applications will begin January 10th, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled, with a targeted start date of July 1, 2022.

Specific questions about the position can be addressed to Shauna Wilton at

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [R203 (3) (e)], please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.