Lecturer in Quantitative Psychology
Harvard University Department of Psychology
United States

Lecturer in Quantitative Psychology

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Psychology

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at Harvard University invites applications for a full-time lecturer to teach courses in statistics and research methods. Core responsibilities include teaching the undergraduate Introduction to Statistics course, offered each semester. Additional course assignments may include research methods, programming for psychologists, or specialty statistical or methods-focused topics within the lecturer’s area of expertise, for a total of four courses per year. These courses will primary be situated within the undergraduate curriculum; depending on curricular needs, a graduate level course may be considered. In addition to offering courses, the lecturer will provide regular, intensive statistical consultation for faculty and graduate students on research projects. The lecturer may be asked to direct and evaluate senior theses and to advise students on research and career interests.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022. Lecturer positions are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of three years. Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by November 15, 2021. Applications submitted after this deadline will only be considered if positions remain open after an initial round.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a PhD or an equivalent terminal degree in Psychology or very closely related field (e.g. Cognitive Science, Statistics, EdD in Human Development) by the expected start date.

Additional Qualifications

Candidates must have a strong teaching and research background.

Special Instructions

Please submit:

1) A cover letter that briefly describes your teaching background, experience teaching statistics at the undergraduate level, and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
2) CV
3) Statement of teaching interests, including teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and prior experience
4) Evidence of your teaching experience and success, including quantitative and qualitative teaching evaluations
5) Course syllabi
6) At least three letters of recommendation
7) Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the PhD: A letter from your advisor confirming that the PhD will be conferred by the expected start date

Optional materials include:

Statement of research interests
Contact Information
Katherine Powers, PhD
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Psychology
Harvard University
220 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact Email kpowers@fas.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Do you hold a doctoral degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. *Will you hold a doctoral degree by the date indicated in the job advertisement?*Are you authorized to work in the United States, or will you need visa assistance?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. (Open Ended Question)

  4. How many years of experience do you have as a graduate student instructor?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. *How many years of experience do you have teaching undergraduates?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. *How many years of experience do you have teaching your own course(s) (i.e., not as a discussion section leader)

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. *Please indicate the area in which you feel MOST comfortable teaching undergraduate courses. (must choose one)*Please list potential course topics or titles for upper level undergraduate seminar or lecture courses you might be interested in teaching.
    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Clinical Science/Abnormal Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology/Behaviorial Psychology/Neuroscience
    • Statistics/Research Methods
  8. (Open Ended Question)

  9. *Please provide the title of your dissertation.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. *Please provide a one paragraph summary of your dissertation.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Course Evaluation
  5. Sample Syllabus
Optional Documents
  1. Degree Verification
  2. Statement of Research
  3. Other


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