VisionScienceList: position opening

Mark McCourt (
Tue, 04 Nov 1997 09:21:55 -0600

Can this be posted on the VisionScience list? Thanks, Mark McCourt

Cognitive Psychology. The Department of Psychology at North Dakota State
University announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor opening in
cognitive psychology beginning August 15, 1998. We are interested in
candidates in any area of cognitive psychology and cognitive science
broadly defined. Examples include (but are not limited to): pattern
recognition, executive function, attention, spatial cognition, memory,
categorization, problem solving, metacognition, language, social cognition,
human factors, etc. Research approaches
may include (but are not limited to): AI, developmental, modeling,
psychophysiology, and special populations. There are 3 major hospitals
(including a VA), a medical school Department of Neuroscience, and a
neuroscience research institute in the community which offer opportunities
for collaboration. The department does not have facilities for conducting
research with animals. Therefore, applications from individuals whose
research requires animals will not be considered.

Our teaching needs are fairly open. Applicants must be able to teach
research methods and courses in cognitive psychology, but beyond that, we
are flexible. We should note that an applicant's chances might improve if
he or she could teach our first-year graduate course in statistics (ANOVA
and Regression), and we are interested in faculty who are willing to teach
our large lectures courses (about 400 students) in introductory psychology.

The position requires the Ph.D. We will consider strong A.B.D. candidates
for a special appointment as Instructor until the degree is complete. The
minimum qualifications for the position are: strong potential for research
using human subjects in cognitive psychology, teaching competence in
psychological research methods and courses in cognitive psychology,
proximity to completed Ph.D., an ability to interact effectively with
colleagues and students, and effective interpersonal, oral, and written
communication skills. The preferred
qualifications for the positions are a completed Ph.D. and the ability to
teach a variety of courses within our curriculum (from among advanced
undergraduate courses in cognitive psychology, undergraduate research
methods, history and systems, advanced experimental design and statistics,
applied research methods, introductory psychology, human sexuality, and
developmental psychology).

Our 12-member department grants the M.S. degree in general experimental and
clinical psychology. When making hiring decisions our faculty will weigh
the above criteria as follows (in decreasing order of importance): strong
potential for research using human subjects in the cognitive psychology
area; teaching competence in areas of research methods and cognitive
psychology; proximity to completed Ph.D.; ability to interact effectively
with colleagues and students; demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written
communication skills; ability to teach a variety of courses in our
curriculum; and completed Ph.D.

We have a congenial faculty who are supportive of productive research
programs and quality instruction. All faculty are involved in supervising
graduate and undergraduate research, and directing master's and honor's
theses. We have excellent human research facilities and start-up funds are
available. The teaching load is 3 semester courses per year. All of these
contribute to our productive research programs and quality instruction. For
more information about our department and university, see our website:

Fargo-Moorhead is a pleasant, safe, and growing community of approximately
130,000. As the largest population center in the region, Fargo-Moorhead
serves as a center for entertainment, finance, medical services, and
distribution for a large geographic area. Two universities (North Dakota
State University, Moorhead State University), and one private liberal arts
college (Concordia College) are located in Fargo-Moorhead. There is ample
shopping, good public schools, community symphony, opera, dance companies,
several art galleries,
minor league baseball and hockey, and intercollegiate athletics. Winters
are cold, though snowfall is moderate. Summers tend to be dry and very
pleasant with occasional hot stretches. Sun, clear skies, and clean air
predominate the year round. Outdoor sports and activities are popular.
Canoeing, camping, cycling, softball, and soccer are popular summer
pastimes. Winter pastimes include cross-country skiing, skating, and
snowmobiling. The city has an excellent park system which includes several
challenging golf courses, and a bicycle/running path along the Red River
which spans most of the city and becomes a ski trail during colder months.
We are one hour away from a major resort area in the Minnesota "lakes
country" and two hours from Itasca State Park and its wilderness areas,
which are adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Central and western
North Dakota offer beautiful hiking, camping, and related opportunities in
the Badlands, national grasslands, and numerous river valleys. Winnipeg,
Manitoba is less than a four hour drive to the north and Minneapolis-St.
Paul is an equal distance to the southeast.

To apply, send a cover letter describing research and teaching interests
and accomplishments, a curriculum vita, copies of publications and other
supporting materials, available summaries of teaching evaluations, and the
names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three
individuals who can provide a letter of recommendation. Please do not have
letters sent. We will request letters from references at a later date. This
search will be conducted in compliance with North Dakota's open-records
law. Submit materials to: Verlin
Hinsz, Ph.D., Chair, Cognitive Search Committee, Department of Psychology,
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105-5075.

Inquiries may be directed to, or (701) 231-7082.
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 1, 1998 and will be
accepted until the position is filled. NDSU is an Equal Opportunity
Mark E. McCourt, Ph.D. Voice: (701) 231-8625
Associate Professor Fax: (701) 231-8426
Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58105-5075