The Department of Psychology at UCLA announces the continuation of its special initiative to recruit excellent tenured faculty with a successful record of mentoring students from underrepresented populations. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in psychology or a related field (such as neuroscience) and an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment in publications, research support, and teaching, and will be eligible for an Academic Senate tenured appointment at the level of Full Professor or Advanced Associate Professor in Psychology. In addition, the candidate will have a history of excellence in mentoring and teaching underrepresented students. These activities may take different forms such as leading initiatives, training and other programmatic activities; the applicant should be able to provide evidence of successfully and positively impacting the lives, scholarship and career trajectories programmatically of undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented groups.

UCLA’s Department of Psychology is organized into 8 areas: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, Learning and Behavior, Quantitative, and Social. (For more details visit The successful candidate could have a primary appointment in any of these areas, and ideally would do work that spans two or more areas of the department. The Department of Psychology is housed in the Division of Life Science which is a part of the UCLA College of Letters and Science, along with a School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering and 8 other professional schools; UCLA offers competitive salaries, research set-up funds, and recruitment allowances.

Inquiries, requests for information or discussions, and nominations can be sent to Search Co-Chairs, Professors Vickie M. Mays ( and Carlos Grijalva ( Either is open to discussions about the position and opportunities prior to the submission of your application. Other members of this search committee include Professors Sandra Graham, David Sears, and James Stigler. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter indicating interest, record of mentorship and training activities of underrepresented groups, focus of scholarship and teaching, Department area or areas of fit, and any new research directions anticipated, a diversity statement, and 3 relevant publications to In a second, later stage of the process you may be asked to provide additional materials such as the names and addresses of three references. You may instead mail all materials to: Mentor Faculty Search Committee (Job #: JPF05842), Department of Psychology, Box 951563, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563.

UCLA has the largest student enrollment in California, with nearly 46,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer more than 323-degree programs and majors. UCLA is home to Departments of African American, Chicana/Chicano, and Asian American Studies with their own faculty, as well as an American Indian Studies Center. Our Institute of American Cultures focuses on the facilitation of scholarship on the conceptualizations of diversity, promoting the reshaping of the increasingly complicated conversation about inequality and social justice. The roots of such complications are especially deep in California, whose largest city was founded by persons of African, European, and Indigenous ancestry and whose history displays numerous examples of complex racial coalitions. This scholarly tradition is supported by research centers and programs of teaching in Critical Race Theory, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Social Justice, and Society and Genetics within the College and 11 Professional Schools. The UCLA College has a tradition of outstanding teaching and mentorship of undergraduates that the Department of Psychology will enhance through this special initiative.

First review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until filled or closed. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of programmatic training or mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups.

UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, students, and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (