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Psychology and Neuroscience Position Fall 2015

Tenure-Track Position in Psychology and Neuroscience.  The Hope College Psychology Department invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in Fall 2015. Rank is open, with preference given to hiring at the level of assistant professor.  The area of specialization within neuroscience is open, and could include psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, behavioral or clinical neuroscience, or comparative psychology. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in psychology or neuroscience by Fall 2015. Candidates will be expected to teach introduction to neuroscience, introduction to psychology, a seminar course in their area of expertise and/or a laboratory course in their research area, as well as supervising advanced undergraduates in research. Because the Psychology Department is a national leader in faculty-student collaborative research, candidates should have a program of research that can excite undergraduates and a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  Being an outstanding teacher and engaging undergraduates in all phases of the research process are two important elements of this position.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, and a statement of teaching experience and approach to teaching.  The cover letter should include a paragraph describing ways in which the candidate will support the mission of Hope College( These materials must be submitted electronically to In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent from references to  Questions can be directed to Dr. Thomas E. Ludwig, Search Committee Chair at Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.

About the Department of Psychology   (

The Hope College Department of Psychology was established in 1934. The psychology program is distinguished by a commitment to excellent, innovative teaching and programmatic faculty research in collaboration with undergraduate students. The psychology department includes 12 tenure-track faculty and graduates an average of 80 psychology majors per year. Psychology is the most popular major at Hope College, with a total of 271 declared majors and 62 minors during the past academic year.  The psychology department is actively building a multicultural community, supported by the College’s five Global Learning goals, as reflected in the psychology curriculum and faculty research interests.

Student-faculty collaborative research typically involves 40-50 students per year. Over the past 15 years, Hope psychology students have won more regional and national research awards than students at any other college or university. Student-faculty collaborative research is supported by departmental and college funds, as well as through active grants obtained from external funding agencies.

The psychology department is housed in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center, where faculty members have access to several lab suites equipped for electrophysiological, cognitive, behavioral, social, developmental, and animal research, as well as an animal care facility.  Start-up funds are available for research, along with other internal sources of support and assistance in seeking external funding.

About the Neuroscience Program    (

The neuroscience minor program was established in 2005 with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  This growing interdisciplinary program involves faculty from the biology, chemistry, philosophy and psychology departments and serves approximately 40 students each year from a wide range of disciplines.  Nearly half of the 12-15 graduates from the program each year combine a psychology major with their neuroscience minor. Following graduation, approximately 50% of the neuroscience minors pursue graduate training in the biomedical sciences, neuroscience, psychology, or public health, while 20% of our minors pursue further pre-professional training in the health sciences.

The neuroscience program’s foundation is based on Hope College’s distinctive approach to science education, promoting understanding through the process of discovery and inquiry-based learning.  One of the hallmark features of the neuroscience program is a two-semester research capstone course in which students with different academic majors work together as a team to complete a self-designed neuroscience research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor.  Faculty-student research projects in cognitive and clinical neuroscience have included EEG evidence for right-hemisphere involvement in understanding metaphoric language, acoustic correlates of ethnicity in adult speakers, and electrophysiological measurements of the effects of forgiveness and gratitude. Faculty-student research projects in cellular, molecular and organismal neuroscience have been focused on studying environmental factors which impact the hypothalamic neurochemistry that regulates feeding and reproduction, the process by which heat acclimation alters water balance and temperature regulation, risk factors for the development of mood disorders, and the anti-oxidant response system in glial cells.  Many of these studies have resulted in publication and/or presentations at national meetings.

About Hope College

Hope College is a strong co-educational, undergraduate, residential, Christian liberal arts college of approximately 3,200 students from 45 states and 35 different countries. Hope's beautiful and well-maintained campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan. Affiliated with the Reformed Church of America since its founding in 1866, the College is known for its ecumenical Christian atmosphere.

Hope is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship, and for providing professional preparation and life-changing experiences in a friendly and welcoming community. The College has consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and is featured in Colleges that Change Lives ( Key to Hope's success is its rare combination of rigorous academic programs and a community life grounded in a relevant, inviting, and vibrant Christian faith. Reflecting that success, Hope is experiencing its third consecutive year of record enrollments.

The College is strong financially with 40 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $170M, no deferred maintenance, and over $92M invested in the construction of new facilities during the past decade, with two additional projects (a new center for musical arts and an art museum) currently under construction.

About Holland, Michigan

Holland, Michigan is a city of 35,000 (one-third from under-represented groups) within a metropolitan area with a population of 100,000. Holland has been recognized as “one of America’s most affordable towns” and was recently ranked as the “second happiest place to live in America” by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Holland is home to a number of festivals including Tulip Time, Fiesta (a celebration of Latino cultures), Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival, and Juneteenth. Holland has a weekly farmer’s market and multiple world-class beaches on Lake Michigan.  Holland is located 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and approximately 2.5 hours from Detroit and Chicago.  For more information on Holland and the surrounding area, see





Hear the Neuroscience Song by our very own Chelsea Stephenson (Right) and Kendall Ramsden (left)