Instructor Cross Cultural Psychology: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 14 November 2017

Instructor Cross Cultural Psychology

Council on International Educational Exchange

Publication date
30 October 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,925 to €3,375 gross for 45 contact hours plus preparation
Closing date
14 November 2017
45 contact hours plus preparation time
Vacancy number

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is one shared by many in international education: ‘to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.’ To fulfill that mission, CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.

CIEE has had a presence in The Netherlands since 1993 with a Social Sciences program in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and since 2012 in Business and Culture with the Faculty Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Apart from these semester programs CIEE offers J-term, summer and customized programs.

Job description

Cross-cultural psychology examines the ways in which an individual’s perception of themselves, others, and their environment is shaped by culturally specific factors, including both the individual’s own culture, as well as other cultures to which they are exposed. This course will begin with a review of the principal theories of and approaches to cross-cultural psychology (including sociobiology, eco-culturalism, and the cultural mixtures approach) before interrogating how discrete topics in psychology – such as identity, gender, social behavior, cognition, personality and emotions – are impacted by processes of socialization and enculturation. In other words, this course will investigate how culture affects human psychology, and how specific norms and behaviors can be understood both on a universal and a culturally-specific level.

Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lectures from professionals in the field, and guided site visits, students are able to place these topics in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them with different cultures.

For this class we expect between 10 to 22 students from different American universities that will participate in this course. Students are in their 3rd year, and come from different disciplines (we expect the majority to major in psychology). Classes take place every week on Tuesday and Thursday from 14.00 to 16.00. The first class is on 6 February 2018, and the class will end towards the end of May (tba). This course will be taught again in fall 2018.


  • Develop the Cross Cultural Psychology course (structure, detailed syllabus and content of classes);
  • teach the Cross Cultural Psychology course (45 contact hours);
  • arrange for guest lecturers and site visits;
  • attend and lead guided site visits that are part of the course and provide students with appropriate background information on sites visited;
  • conduct student meetings and hold office hours when necessary;
  • grade student papers and assignments;
  • keep student records and report problematic student cases to the CIEE Academic Manager;
  • use Canvas (Learning Management System) for student administration.


  • Master’s degree (preferably in Psychology or related);
  • fluency in English;
  • experience in teaching students;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to speak in front of groups;
  • cultural interest in the Netherlands and the U.S.;
  • must be available for class excursions;
  • enthusiastic, shows a lot of initiative, is not afraid to challenge students and create an open classroom environment.

Further information

For questions, please contact:


This is not an UvA vacancy. The instructor is appointed by the onsite CIEE Resident Director & Academic Manager in collaboration with the CIEE office in Portland, Maine, USA.

There is a possibility to extend based on new enrollment and performance for the fall 2018 semester.

Job application

Interested candidates please email a cover letter and resume to our Academic Manager Jonathan Key by the application deadline of 14 November 2017. Please put ‘Instructor Cross Cultural Psychology’ in the subject line.

No agencies please 

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