Lecturer Position: Physiological Bases of Human Behavior, Affect, and Learning

Job Type: 
Part-Time or Visiting Faculty
Institution: 
UMASS - Amherst
The School Psychology Program in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts is seeking an adjunct instructor to teach one graduate-level course for doctoral and advanced graduate students in school and clinical psychology during the Spring 2018 semester. Qualified candidates must already have earned a doctoral-level degree and have demonstrated teaching, research or professional experiences directly related to the course content.
 
The course - EDUC 7XXsp: Physiological Bases of Human Behavior, Affect, and Learning – must address a broad and integrated understanding and advanced graduate-level knowledge in the biological bases that effect human behavior, emotions, development, and learning. The instructor of this course will be asked to edit and update an existing syllabus so that it better covers graduate level content in the basic areas of biological and affective bases of behavior. Students must be exposed to a curriculum plan that utilizes primary source materials (including original empirical
work that represents the current state of the area), emphasizes critical thinking and communication at an advanced level and facilitates integration of these topics with one another and with the programs’ substantive areas of practice.
 
Course Description
This course is designed to provide graduate students with a broad and integrated  understanding and advanced graduate-level knowledge in the biological bases that effect human behavior, emotions, development and learning. This course will facilitate a comprehensive understanding of physiological processes that influence perception, cognition, emotion, learning and motivation. Specifically, the course will introduce student to the structure and physiology of the brain, hormonal influences on behavior, affective bases of behavior, and roles of psychopharmacology. This understanding of physiological foundations will be applied to assessment and decision-making practices in school and clinical settings.
 
Interested applicants should send a letter of expressing their interest, a CV, and three letters of recommendation to Sara Whitcomb, APA Program Director at [email protected] or call (413) 545-6904. We will begin reviewing applications on December 15, 2017.