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Assistant Professor Position, Research on Social Justice (CONTENT OF RESEARCH AREA OPEN):

The Psychology Department and the Program in Africana Studies at LEHIGH UNIVERSITY invite applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, beginning Fall 2018, for a scholar whose research contributes to our understanding of social justice, broadly defined. The successful candidate will be joint appointed between the Psychology Department and the Africana Studies Program. We seek candidates in cognitive, developmental, or social psychology with strength in the empirical examination of social justice issues. Any research area that explores racial equity and racial disparities is under consideration. The concern is with psychological theories with connection to important social policy and identity issues that impact stereotyped groups and group members (such as: examining the causal factors that give rise to disparities, the nature of prejudice and control of prejudice, the impact of racism-related experience on well being, protective and risk factors in the context of the African American experience, etc). The successful candidate will establish a laboratory within the Department of Psychology and split teaching, mentoring, and scholarship between Africana Studies and Psychology. The person hired would be expected to contribute to the initiatives on campus relating to diversity and inclusion, and to provide courses of interest to students in both Africana Studies and Psychology. Connections to other interdisciplinary groups on campus (e.g., Health-Medicine-Society, global studies, cognitive science, journalism, Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies, data science, management, economics, marketing, etc.) will be supported.

The candidates will be evaluated on their potential to maintain a vigorous research program that will attract external funding, contribute to an emerging interdisciplinary focus on social justice, and provide teaching and training in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the two units.

Lehigh University is a highly competitive, research-oriented private university located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City. The Psychology Department is centered on core areas of psychological science, and has a prospering graduate program and a robust undergraduate major.  The Africana Studies program features over a dozen program-linked faculty across nearly every discipline in the humanities and social sciences. The program has made five hires in the last six years and was awarded an NEH Challenge grant for public-facing research and programming in 2016.

Lehigh University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and inclusion initiatives/efforts of the academic community and curriculum. Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and provides comprehensive benefits including domestic partner benefits. Information about Work/Life Balance for faculty can be found at: LINC is a newly created regional network of diverse organizations designed to assist new hires with dual career, community and cultural transition needs. Please contact for more information.

Please submit a cover letter, vita, statements of research and teaching interests, representative papers, and three letters of reference electronically at

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about this position should be directed to either Dr. James Peterson ( or Dr. Gordon Moskowitz (, search committee co-chairs.  

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CAS Major Fair

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The first annual appreciation dinner for graduate student mentors was held on November 3rd.  This event was co-hosted (and conceived) by psychology graduate students Iiona Scully and Nick Ungson. An amazing event that will be a Lehigh tradition for years to come. Incredible work!

Psychology Honors Presentations

Psychology Honors Program Thesis Proposal Presentations - Monday, December 11, 2017

Spring 2018 Career Expo

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