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Psychology, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 532084
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Psychology Department

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in the Department of Psychology. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022.  57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below. 

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.


Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 12 distinct departments at


The Department of Psychology consists of 17 tenured/tenure track faculty.  The department offers a general undergraduate degree in Psychology and an MS in Psychology intended to prepare students for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists. The Psychology Department includes a diverse and inclusive group of faculty and students. Faculty in the department strive to create a warm, welcoming, and collegial environment. This commitment is mirrored in our active student Psi Chi club, which garners high levels of student involvement and welcomes prospective members at every meeting. Faculty engagement with students is highly valued, and faculty are especially encouraged to include students at all stages of the research process. In general, the psychology student population is more diverse than the general campus population with 65% URM students compared to 50% for CPP overall.


The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and service to the department, university, and community. The faculty member will have the opportunity to teach courses on a variety of topics in social psychology OR quantitative psychology and be willing to teach undergraduate research methods and statistics. The successful candidate will demonstrate sensitivity to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, religion, disability, documentation status, and sexuality. The faculty member will be able to pursue scholarship in their area of specialization and may collaborate with the CPP Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, which houses equipment to measure brain activity (e.g., EEG).

Minimum requirements include:

  • Ph.D. in Social or Quantitative Psychology or a closely related field by the time of appointment;
  • Evidence of potential to be successful at university teaching;     
  • Ability to teach a broad range of courses in the field of Social OR Quantitative psychology;   
  • Ability to teach courses in research methods or statistics; 
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research, service, and fostering an inclusive environment;  
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”  
  • Evidence of methodological OR statistical skills.
  • Evidence of scholarly potential.           

  Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1-year university teaching experience; 
  • Evidence of strong methodological AND statistical skills
  • Ability to serve as an advisor and research mentor to a diverse undergraduate student body

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s interest in the position, relevant experience, and how the candidate meets the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
  • 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 teaching statement, which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness, experience, and a discussion of teaching philosophy.
  • A research statement or scholarship plan. As appropriate, please describe how you will involve undergraduate research mentees.
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (dated within the last 2 years).

Finalists for the position will be:

  • Required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
  • Expected to make a research/teaching presentation to faculty/students and interact with students. 

First consideration will be given to completed applications submitted by November 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The position is open until filled. Early response is highly encouraged.

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

 Please direct inquiries and nominations to:

 Dr. Viviane Seyranian

Phone: (909) 979-5532


Prospective applicants are also invited to attend an optional virtual open house on Thursday, October 12th, from noon to 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time to learn more about the Psychology Department and the position. For Zoom access, please email the search chair,

Salary range for 9-month, Academic Year Appointment: $80,000-$82,400

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity 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. 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. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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