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Lecturer Pool - Psychology (Includes Summer Sessions)

Application Window

Open date: December 16th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Mar 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Psychology Department at University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary part time instructors (“Lecturer” title series) to teach courses in the Department of Psychology during the fall, spring, and summer, should the need arise. Applicants will be selected from this pool throughout the academic year as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the Psychology Department.

Due to COVID-19. UC Berkeley will begin the spring semester with fully remote instruction. UC Berkeley is prepared to implement hybrid and/or flexible modes of instruction as soon as public health conditions allow. Remote instruction may be synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches with a remote setting and use new teaching tools.

Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. A co-taught course typically results in a 17% appointment, and a single course typically results in a 33% appointment. Therefore, appointments may vary from 17%-100%, depending on the needs of the department.

The Psychology Department is committed to creating an inclusive environment, one that is supportive of all individuals, regardless of background, and to nurturing and developing that talent. We are committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and we welcome applicants whose experiences have prepared them to contribute to this commitment.

Teaching Responsibilities
We are seeking outstanding lecturers who can teach a range of possible courses that vary in size (up to 300 or more students) and subject area. Subject areas include the ones listed below:

Core Courses - Subject areas include (but are not limited to)
General Psychology (classroom and online)
Research and Data Analysis in Psychology
Teaching Psychology (course on the teaching of psychology)
Upper-Division Courses (in areas including but not limited to the following):
Basic Issues in Cognition
Biological Psychology
Clinical Psychology
The Developing Brain
Biology of Learning and Neural Plasticity
Developmental Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology

General Duties
In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include (but are not limited to) managing graders and/or graduate student instructors (teaching assistants), holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website. Those teaching large courses are expected to work with, meet with, and mentor graduate student instructors.

Minimum Basic Qualifications (by the time of application):
The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for the position is the completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):
PhD (or equivalent international degree) by the start date of service. Applicant must be eligible to legally work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date):
A track record of distinguished teaching to a diverse undergraduate student body.

Salary commensurate with education and teaching experience, in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. (The starting 100% full-time annual gross salary rate is currently $56,381.)

Applicants will be asked to provide a copy of the transcript to verify the highest degree earned. Although copies are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon receipt of an original, certified transcript.

References will be contacted for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Under Federal Law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Application Submission:
Apply online:

Please direct questions to and include “Lecturer” in the subject line.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Copy of Transcript (verifies highest degree earned)

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (preferably teaching evaluations)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

UC Berkeley, CA