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Job ID: F0135P
Social/Behavioral Sciences
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Date Posted:
July 31, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty (Unit 3)
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Title: Rekhi Singh Endowed Assistant Professor of Happiness
Location: California State University, Sacramento, Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at Sacramento State is seeking applicants for an endowed assistant professor tenure-track position in the psychology of happiness to begin in Fall 2020. The Department strives to further Sacramento State’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through prior experience both their potential to succeed in areas of teaching, research, and service and that they can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of our community.

The area of specialty within happiness is open, but the preference is for candidates specializing in topics that emphasize a psychological perspective on happiness. An ideal candidate will contribute to the Department’s mission to prepare students for graduate studies and the workforce, and to promote human equity, health and well-being, effective functioning, and respect for diversity through teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates with a background in scholarship and teaching that focuses on positive emotion, mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, compassion, coping, positive psychology or other areas related to happiness, broadly construed, are encouraged to apply.

The regular duties of an assistant professor at Sacramento State include teaching courses within the psychology curriculum, conducting and disseminating scholarly research, supervising undergraduate and graduate research, and engaging in departmental, institutional, and community service. The Rekhi Singh Endowed Professorship involves additional responsibilities that include developing and delivering new curriculum focused on the psychology of happiness, engaging in research and scholarly activities related to the psychology of happiness, delivering periodic lectures, workshops, or symposia on happiness, and working with other campus units to develop and promote programming that focuses on and supports happiness. Through these activities, the holder of the Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor of Happiness position will enhance the reputation of the department, the college, and the university.

Additional funds will be provided to ensure that the holder of the Endowed Professorship can meet these expectations. Specifically, the Endowed Professor position provides a reduced teaching load, a salary differential in addition to the regular instructional faculty salary, and funds to support happiness programming and relevant professional development.

The holder of the position will proceed through the normal process to attain tenure at the University, which includes an initial two-year probationary period. Assuming satisfactory progression through this process, the appointment as the Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor is intended to be for an initial period of six years. Subsequent reappointment to the Rekhi Singh Endowed Professorship will be dependent upon a thorough performance review.

The department seeks candidates with the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues, create inclusive classrooms, and utilize a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. We encourage any applicant that meets required qualifications to apply.

Required qualifications include:
- Ph.D. from an accredited university with a specialty in Psychology, or a related field. ABD applicants will be considered. If ABD, all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by January 2021.
- An established background in the psychological study of happiness.
- Ability to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.
- Potential to succeed or proven track record as a researcher.
- Potential to succeed or demonstrated ability to develop new curriculum and organize events related to happiness.
- Knowledge of and commitment to diversity and issues of just, equitable, and inclusive education.
- Ability to mentor and support students from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work collegially in a multicultural environment.

Preferred qualifications include:
- Teaching experience in happiness-focused courses at the college level.
- Ability and desire to contribute to other teaching needs within the department, such as introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, or other areas within candidate’s expertise.
- Interest in using and ability to use a wide variety of teaching methodologies and perspectives that integrate diversity issues in their curriculum.
- Experience conducting research with culturally diverse, marginalized, and/or underrepresented populations.

Application Procedure
To ensure consideration, complete applications must be submitted by Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at Instructions on how to apply can also be found at this link. Required application materials are:
- a cover letter addressing Required and Preferred (if applicable) Qualifications listed above.
- a curriculum vita
- a statement of teaching philosophy addressing preparation to teach and mentor at the college-level and to incorporate diverse perspectives in teaching. If applicable, include a table listing teaching experience with a column for each of the following: (a) title and number of each course taught, (b) the semester and year you taught the course, © the name of the institution where you taught the course, (d) the approximate number of students enrolled in the course, (e) your role in the course (e.g., instructor of record, teaching assistant, etc.), (f) the course format (e.g., traditional, hybrid, online), and (g) the level of the course (e.g., undergraduate or graduate)
- evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, sample course materials and/or evidence of relevant training and experiences, etc.)
- a statement of scholarly interests
- portfolio to include evidence of research experience (e.g., reprints, preprints, grant applications, etc.)
- a diversity statement describing your individual commitment to diversity and inclusion; how the concepts of diversity and inclusion have been or will be brought into coursework; examples of diverse and inclusive pedagogy you have used or will use to ensure all students have access to equal educational opportunity; and how your individual scholarship contributes to building and supporting diverse communities.
- unofficial transcripts of all graduate work (official transcripts required if invited for an interview)

The system will only accept one PDF for each of the required document types.

In addition, the committee will evaluate letters of recommendation for applicants who are selected for further screening. In order to ensure that your file is complete for this second stage of screening, applicants should request three confidential letters of recommendation to be e-mailed to or mailed directly to Chair of Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor of Happiness Screening Committee, Department of Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6007. Position will remain open until filled. AA/EEO Employer. Clery Act statistics available. Mandated reporter requirements. Background check, including criminal, required. Please direct questions to: Dr. Sharon Furtak, Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor of Happiness Screening Committee Chair at