Sessional Instructors - Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts - 2016 / 2017 Academic Year

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Position Type: 
Sessional Opening
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Date of Posting: 
March 29, 2016
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Sessional Instructors
2016 - 2017 Academic Year

The Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for Sessional Instructors for the 2016-2017 academic year. These appointments are subject to final budgetary approval.

1st Semester: September - December 2016

Psychology 232 Community Psychology
Community psychology is focussed on understanding and improving our lives as experienced through communities.  This introductory course will explore the evolution of the field of community psychology, its guiding concepts and praxis.  We will examine the many possible roles of a community Psychologist and better understand the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations for doing community based research.

Successful applicants for Psychology 232 will have a Graduate degree in Psychology.

Psychology 305 Adolescent Development and Adjustment
This course examines both the research and theoretical perspectives in areas that are integral to an understanding of the period of adolescence and of adolescents themselves. We address the following areas: puberty and psychobiology; the development of cognition and social cognition; the formation of identity, including career options, and the development of sexuality and a system of values, factors that influence the formation of identity, such as the family, the peer group, and the media, the school experience; and issues in adolescent development such as some aspects of psychopathology, juvenile justice, and the problems encountered by indigenous youth.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

2nd Semester: January - April 2017

Psychology 242 Social Psychology
This course focuses on the ways in which an individual's thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the social environment. It provides an introduction to major theories, principles, methods and findings of the discipline.  Topics include social perception and cognition, attitudes and attitude change, gender, attraction, aggression, helping, conformity, obedience, group interaction, and cultural influences. Through a variety of assignments students are encouraged to attend to the operation of social psychological principles in daily living. The course includes both lectures and participation in group experiences.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

Psychology 309 Adult Development
The purpose of this course is to better understand adult development by focussing on themes of change and stability from young adulthood through to older adulthood. Students use analytical and descriptive theories of adult development to explore how adults negotiate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development. Lectures, in-class assignments, and research projects are designed to encourage students to evaluate critically the contemporary research in adult development and to apply their understanding of adult development to a wide array of contexts and policy environments.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

382 Cognitive Psychology
This course examines recent developments in cognitive psychology with special emphasis on the study of thinking, problem solving and decision making. Its topics include theories and research in inductive and deductive reasoning, information processing approaches to thinking and problem solving, and the implications of the cognitive perspective for our understanding of intelligence, creativity and mental development. A lab will provide students with the opportunity to perform problem solving demonstrations, test representative phenomena, analyze their own data, and examine the results in terms of current theories.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

Psychology 393: Psychology of Health
This  course  examines  how  psychological,  social,  and biological  factors  interact  to  influence  health  and  illness.  Students  explore  the  systematic  application  of  psychology  to  health  promotion  and  maintenance,  illness  prevention  and  treatment,  the  determinants  of  health  and  illness,  health  care  systems,  and  health policy.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

Psychology 432 Sex, Gender and Addictions
This special topics course will examine addictions from multiple perspectives and theories, considering the contributions and limitations of each. An emphasis will be placed on sex and gender, where applicable. Core topics will range from sex-specific biological factors (e.g., hormones and metabolism) to gender-related social constructs (e.g., gender stereotypes and relationship dynamics), all presented within the framework of addictions.

Successful applicants for this position will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology.

Application Instructions:
Please note that applicants on the UPEI sessional roster for Psychology will be considered first. Applicants should submit a letter of application, an updated C.V., and the names of three referees to:

Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology,
University of Prince Edward Island,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3
ph: (902) 566-0617
fax: (902) 628-4359

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is April 12, 2016.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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