The candidate should have a terminal degree in Cognitive Science or a related field (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Computer Science) by the start of the appointment as well as research expertise that brings an interdisciplinary approach to theoretical questions about cognition.
The Cognitive Science Program at Rice is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major, administered through the School of Social Sciences, which requires students to do course work in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. This is a one year appointment with strong possibility of renewal contingent on performance.
The successful applicant will teach five undergraduate courses a year, split across the Fall and Spring semesters. The course load includes a large introductory course on topics in cognitive psychology, a newly developed course specifically for Cognitive Science majors that introduces students to the diversity of methods used by cognitive scientists to address questions about how the mind works, and an upper level class in the area of the lecturer’s expertise. S/he will also be expected to contribute to the mentoring of undergraduate students in the Cognitive Science Program.