Summary:  Under the direction of the Department Chair, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, and Chair of the Cognitive Science Major Committee of the UCLA Department of Psychology, the Cognitive Science Coordinator will assume responsibility for reviewing and overseeing the interdisciplinary cognitive science major and minor curricula, requirements, and course offerings within Psychology and across other departments within the University and at other University programs. Duties include teaching some undergraduate courses per year; planning and developing the curriculum; researching and implementing innovative teaching methods and pedagogy; cultivating a partnership with faculty in order to integrate their input in program; and course development. 

Title: Academic Administrator I

Working title: Cognitive Science Major Coordinator


The position:  The Academic Administrator will teach and oversee the introductory cognitive science course and the computer programming courses and may teach upper-division cognitive psychology lecture and cognitive psychology laboratory courses. Other duties include:

  • overseeing the Cognitive Science major internship program, including reviewing sites, site supervision, and student placements.
  • reviewing and revising the Cognitive Science major and minor course requirements and prerequisites based on systematic consultation with other campus units.
  • communicating with campus units on an ongoing basis to ensure alignment between our Cognitive Science major, our Department’s two other majors, and relevant offerings in those units.
  • facilitating improvements in current courses and the development of new courses to enhance the major and providing support to update courses as needed.
  • participating as a member of the Cognitive Science Major committee.
  • promoting diversity in the major.

Qualifications:  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in psychology or other cognitive-science-related field with teaching experience at the University level as well as and experience in teaching cognitive science and computer programming courses.  The individual must effectively interact and lead within programs and activities involving faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate must be flexible and pay attention to detail while keeping in mind the overall mission of the Department, Division of Life Science, College and University.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statements of teaching  and research interests; a statement of past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and 3 letters of recommendations to Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until the position is filled; candidates are encouraged to apply before November 15, 2019.

We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from under-represented groups.

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