Assistant or Associate Professor, Psychology

Mount Royal University


February 28, 2022


Job Title

Assistant or Associate Professor, Psychology

Requisition #


Job Type

Permanent (for any group)

Position End Date (if applicable)


MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

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 Métis Nation.

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 Associate Professor.

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 innovative research.

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


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 program development.

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 institutions.

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 centre.

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 competition progresses.

    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 age.

    Similar Jobs

    Mount Royal University

    Canada Feb 15, 2022

    Add to favorites

    Assistant Professor

    Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Mount Royal University...

    About the employer

    Mount Royal University is a well-established public university which was founded in 1910. This is a Canadian university which was created following a charter by the Alberta provincial government. It became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior...