Part-Time Lecturer in Psychology
Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
United States

Position Description       

The Department of Psychology at Harvard University invites applications for part-time lecturers for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. We are particularly interested in candidates who could teach empirically-based advanced undergraduate courses in social psychology and abnormal psychology/clinical science, but will also consider applications from candidates with teaching interests in developmental psychology and cognitive psychology/neuroscience. We are also searching for candidates who can teach undergraduate research methods. In addition to offering courses, lecturers may be asked to direct and evaluate senior theses and to advise students on research and career interests.

Lecturer positions are for one semester or one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of six semesters. Appointments are dependent upon faculty vacancies. Appointments may be made at varying percentages of time (one course equals 25% time for the year). No full-time positions are anticipated for the next academic year. Lecturers appointed to a half-time position may be eligible for Harvard benefits.

Basic Qualifications        

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. 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 describing your background and courses you would be interested in teaching

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 or course descriptions

6) At least three letters of recommendation

7) Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the Ph.D.: A letter from your advisor confirming that you will receive your Ph.D. by the expected start date


Optional materials include:

Statement of research interests

Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 15, 2019. Applications submitted after this deadline will only be considered if positions remain open after an initial round.


Contact Information      

Katherine Powers, PhD


Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University

Department of Psychology

220 William James Hall

33 Kirkland Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

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 (*).

* Do you hold a doctoral degree?



* 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?

(Open Ended Question)

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

(Open Ended Question)

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

(Open Ended Question)

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

(Open Ended Question)

* Please indicate the area in which you feel MOST comfortable teaching undergraduate courses. (must choose one)

Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Clinical Science/Abnormal Psychology

Cognitive Psychology/Behaviorial Psychology/Neuroscience

Statistics/Research Methods

* Please list potential course topics or titles for upper level undergraduate seminar or lecture courses you might be interested in teaching.

(Open Ended Question)

* Please provide the title of your dissertation.

(Open Ended Question)

* Please provide a one paragraph summary of your dissertation.

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Course Evaluation

Sample Syllabus

Optional Documents

Degree Verification

Statement of Research


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