Assistant or Associate Professor, Psychology
Permanent (for any group)
Position End Date (if applicable)
MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)
Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal
University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized
university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering
smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate
programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor
degrees and 38 majors.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the
Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern
Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina
and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the
Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis,"
which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the
Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the
inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or
discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our
faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the
entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated
groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of
visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to
apply and self-identify.
About the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University
invites applications for a full-time position in Psychology with a
specialization in cognition and research design/methods which will commence
July 1, 2022, subject to budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant or
The Faculty of Arts houses the following departments: Economics, Justice &
Policy Studies; English, Languages & Cultures; Humanities; Interior Design;
Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. The Faculty of Arts houses more than
2,000 students seeking degrees in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, English,
History, Interior Design, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology, and
offers over 30,000 seats in Arts courses each year. In addition, the Faculty
of Arts offers 26 minors over a diverse range of disciplines and teaches a
large majority of courses associated with the General Education degree. Arts
faculty have received national and international recognition for their
teaching and research, hold Tri-Council grants, publish books, and disseminate
research in top-ranked academic journals.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Psychology. The
Department of Psychology currently offers a degree program in Psychology, with
majors in Psychology and Psychology Honours, as well as a minor in Psychology.
About the Role
The successful candidate will join the Department of Psychology at the level
of Assistant or Associate Professor (to be eligible for Associate, candidates
must already have tenure elsewhere). The successful candidate will teach six
three-credit-hour courses per academic year (typically three courses in each
of the fall and winter semesters—average class size is approximately 35
students). Candidates will be expected to have an established research agenda
in keeping with a teaching-focused undergraduate university.
Research and service opportunities may include supervision of research
assistants or Honours students. MRU's Research Office provides support for
research and for applications for Tri-Council and other funding. The
Department of Psychology also has a cutting-edge research space, the Centre
for Psychological Innovation, where faculty carry out research and scholarship
and provide students with hands-on experience and the opportunity to engage in
New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The
teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS) focuses on teaching with the
requirement that the faculty member establishes and maintains a research
program and is involved in service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching
service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. The
successful candidate for this position will be hired into the
teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS). There is an option to change
work patterns after tenure.
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Nancy Ogden, Chair of the Department of
Psychology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates are expected to hold a completed Ph.D. in Psychology or be near
completion, with a preferred background in cognition and research
design/methods, though other areas of Psychology may also be considered.
Teaching experience at the post-secondary level is required. The successful
applicant must be qualified to teach introductory and senior courses in
Psychology. The successful candidate will also be involved in both course and
Though not expected, candidates will be encouraged to teach courses in General
Education, Cluster-Two: Values, Beliefs & Identity. The Department of General
Education is responsible for the development and delivery of the liberal
education component of all Mount Royal University undergraduate degree
programs and offers required foundational first-year courses and a wide
variety of upper-level courses.
What We Offer
Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success.
We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many
intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the
whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity,
creating a rich and inclusive workplace.
Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the
individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs
encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a
competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits,
pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday
closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation
Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and
pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists
and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including
personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students,
employees and the public.
Due to changing Covid-19 precautions, this role may possibly require the
incumbent to temporarily work from home. Access to a secure personal computer
and stable internet connection is required.
All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to
access campus. This is a condition of employment.
Closing Date: February 28, 2022; the selection committee will begin
reviewing applications on March 1, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the following:
Cover letter that describes the candidate's interest in the position,
qualifications, and potential contributions to Mount Royal University.
Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Research Portfolio, including:
Statement of research interests/expertise
Proposed research plan for the upcoming 5-year period
Sample publication (PDF only—maximum of 1 publication)
Teaching Portfolio, including
A statement of teaching philosophy, interests, and accomplishments, if available (maximum 2,500 words)
Sample syllabi that demonstrate teaching across junior and senior undergraduate levels, preferably including syllabi from a cognitive course and/or a research methods course, if available
Sample student evaluations and peer/chair teaching evaluations
Academic reference letters are not required with the application, but
candidates may be asked to provide up to three confidential references as the
All applications will be reviewed and all qualified candidates are encouraged
to apply; however, as required by Canadian immigration laws, Indigenous
peoples (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis), Canadians, and permanent residents
will be given priority.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an
interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status
of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise
frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to
view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents
will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and
is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence,
intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome
applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of
our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to
Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual
or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or