Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology

Director (Chair) of School of Psychology

About this job: Professor, Tenure Track, OTHER

University of Southern Mississippi - Psychology -   See this job on our site

Job is in: Hattiesburg, MS US

Contact: Dr. Sandra Nichols

Post Date: August 1, 2019
Job Starts: July 1, 2020
Application Deadline: December 15, 2019

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Director (Chair) of the School of Psychology. We are seeking applicants who demonstrate strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills and who will foster innovation and growth in the School of Psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School Director position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment beginning July 1, 2020. The School of Psychology has approximately 600 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students across three APA-accredited doctoral programs (Clinical, Counseling, & School), a master’s program in counseling psychology, and a general/experimental doctoral program. More information can be found at Broad responsibilities for the School Director include planning, development, and administration of the School’s academic areas. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (1) Providing leadership for School undergraduate and graduate programs and ensuring that curricula, instruction, assessment, research, and outreach are innovative, of the highest quality, and aligned with accreditation guidelines and College and University strategic plans; (2) Overseeing School administration, including staffing courses, managing the budget, overseeing staff, engaging with fundraising efforts, and ensuring efficient/effective day-to-day operations of the School; (3) Articulating and pursuing a vision of growth for the School, developed collaboratively with faculty and consistent with College and University goals, that fosters success for all stakeholders across all programs and across all domains; (4) Providing leadership and effective representation and advocacy for the School at the College and University levels, including establishment and implementation of School, College, and University policies, procedures, and guidelines; (5) Facilitating faculty development and collaborative engagement in meaningful evaluation of faculty; (6) Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in discipline; and (7) Performing other duties as assigned. Qualified candidates will have earned a degree in one of the graduate degree programs represented in the School, possess research and external funding experience, meet expectations for tenure and promotion to Full Professor at or within two years of hiring, and have professional experiences demonstrating leadership and management abilities in higher education. Strong applicants should appreciate the importance of accreditation, will demonstrate ability to navigate the training needs of undergraduates, as well as both the general and applied graduate areas represented in the School, will value shared governance, and will demonstrate a commitment to both applied and general graduate and undergraduate training programs. Review of applications will begin December 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sandra Nichols ( to inquire about the position. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) a 2-3 page leadership statement describing your approach to leadership and summarizing how your leadership experiences have prepared you for this position, and 5) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire). Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here: The School is committed to increasing diversity; we encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation AA/EEO/ADAI.

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