Greetings, Dr. Buffalari!

I am interested in the assistant professor position in cognitive neuroscience position at Westminster College and saw you were willing to field a few questions? I currently teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology (primarily ethics, research methods, biological psychology, and intro psych) and was wondering about the 6 course load expectation - are those 6 separate course preps, and is that per academic year or semester (I'm assuming this is all undergraduate?)? I see the example courses and believe I'm a great fit as those are areas I've taught in and specialized in with my research. 

What level of research is expected in addition to the 6 course load (I see it says an ability to engage undergraduates in research, but would I also be expected to maintain my own research lab? Are there animal facilities? human EEG facilities?)  I've admittedly focused much more on teaching over the last 9 years than personal research. I engage students in research frequently (started with animal but now focus nearly exclusively on human research) but have not published in a peer-reviewed journal since transitioning to a teaching institution. Would this be a grave limitation to my application? (I don't want to ask my peers for letters of recommendation if this "puts me out of the running"!)

Finally - if you have any other insights you offer into the campus community, colleagues, et cet, I warmly welcome them! I do enjoy my current employment but our college has been undergoing financial strain for several years now, and I fear that COVID is not helping our cause....I'm familiar with the reputation and location of Westminster College, thus driving my interest in finding out more as I believe it may be a great fit for me personally and professionally! Thank you so much for your insights and time. 

Dr. Megan St Peters
Associate Professor of Psychology
Graduate Psychology Program Director 

Ferrum College

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On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 9:15 AM Deanne Buffalari <> wrote:

Hi, all:


Westminster College is hiring (see below)- I’m happy to answer any questions about the position- you can email me directly at



COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Westminster College’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience program invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in cognitive neuroscience to start in the fall of 2021. It is anticipated that the 6-course load will include a combination of courses in introductory psychology, introductory neuroscience, research methods, and electives in cognitive neuroscience, as well as student advising and research in the candidate’s interest area. Demonstrating the ability to mentor and engage undergraduates in engaging, collaborative research is essential for this position.


Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree in neuroscience or a related field. A successful interview and demonstration of relevant ability are required. Applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses areas of research interests and teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, representative publications, and three reference letters to Dr. Sherri P. Pataki, Department of Psychology, Westminster College, 319 S. Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001, Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled.

EOE. Westminster College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, enhancing learning through diversity and inclusion.




Associate Professor and Chair of Neuroscience Program

Westminster College


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