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Lecturer, Psychology

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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The Opportunity

The Psychology Department at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for multiple nine-month, non-tenure earning lecturer positions that will support our Psychology B.S. program. These positions will be located at either the university’s main Orlando campus, UCF’s Metrowest campus, or UCF’s Lake Mary campus, and are anticipated to begin in Fall 2023. Based on current workload policy, duties will include teaching a 4/4 load of large face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses (ranging between 75 and 450 students) and service in support of the program and the department in general.

The Psychology Department emphasizes breadth of psychology education while allowing students to pursue one of six specialized tracks: Clinical Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, and General. Psychology is one of the most popular majors at UCF with over 4,000 undergraduate majors and 150+ graduate students. At the same time, we emphasize critical thinking, strong written and oral communication skills, and professional development. This is accomplished by offering career readiness, research opportunities, and high impact learning experiences such as honors theses, undergraduate teaching assistant internships, peer advising internships, service learning, and study abroad.

The College of Sciences (COS) houses most of the university’s natural, computational, and social sciences in eight departments, two schools, and eleven centers. The college’s programs play a key role in advancing UCF as a national research university that is determined to help students from all backgrounds achieve success. For more information, visit https://sciences.ucf.edu/ .

UCF, located in Orlando, Florida, is classified as a Very High Research Activity university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a student body of more than 69,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country and one of the few universities to receive the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. The university offers more than 240 degree programs. For more information, visit http://www.ucf.edu .

Minimum Qualifications:

A doctoral degree in Psychology or a related field from an accredited institution by the time of employment is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • have demonstrated experience in successful undergraduate teaching of research and statistical methods, clinical psychology, and/or experimental psychology courses,

  • have demonstrated experience in teaching in online and face-to-face modalities,

  • can develop and coordinate high impact opportunities for our students,

  • can demonstrate experience and/or innovative teaching strategies to engage students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal and educational experiences.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/ .  In addition to the online application, candidates should upload:

  • a cover letter including a statement indicating your interest and qualifications for teaching in support of one or more of the areas/tracks mentioned above,

  • a current curriculum vitae,

  • a teaching philosophy statement (no more than 3 pages, 12-point Times New Roman) describing the degree you have and relevant teaching experience that can contribute to the Psychology B.S. program. The statement should also include evidence of teaching effectiveness, teaching interests, and describes your experience in mentoring and educating undergraduate psychology students,

  • a concise statement (no more than 300 words) addressing your experience and/or innovative teaching strategies used to engage students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal and educational experiences.

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three professional references as part of their online application.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Dr. Florian Jentsch (Florian.Jentsch@ucf.edu ), Chair, Department of Psychology, or Dr. Alisha Janowsky (Alisha.Janowsky@ucf.edu ), Chair, Search Committee.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled ’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.

  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.

  • Retirement savings options.

  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.

  • Education assistance.

  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/ ).

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240 degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


College of Sciences (COS) - Department of Psychology

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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