Faculty Position in Social Psychology at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | David Anderegg, chair; Delia Saenz, Tom Leddy-Cecere, Jenny Rohn; Liza Charbonneau, search coordinator | Full-time


In response to strong student interest, we invite applications for a full-time faculty position in social psychology. The position will begin Fall 2020. The successful candidate will be a scholar actively engaged in empirical research, conversant in statistical analysis, research methodology and design, with interests in supervising undergraduate research projects. The position will entail teaching courses within and beyond the traditional social sciences. Candidates should have a PhD in hand by the time the position begins.

Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing curriculum that invites the participation of students with a broad range of interests.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

For full consideration applicants need to apply online below and include: a) letter of application that describes teaching experience, professional work and interest in working in a liberal arts setting; b) curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy, including descriptions of three proposed courses; d) examples of relevant recent professional work; e) a one to two page statement on the candidate’s potential to contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service, including a statement of the candidate’s past experiences with diversity/inclusivity programs and issues; f) the names and contact information for three references. 

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

Review of applications will begin September 30 and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.