Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Social Psychology


Job Summary/Basic Function

Highly regarded for its instructional quality, focus on engaged learning (through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, living-learning communities and civic and community engagement), and strong commitment to diversity, Millersville University of Pennsylvania (MU) is a learner-focused institution located in historic Lancaster County, known for its excellent schools, vibrant arts community, affordability and proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and NYC . MU enrolls about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We seek individuals who embrace our public mission and value exploration, professionalism, integrity, inclusion, and compassion.

The Psychology Department of Millersville (PA) University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position with specialization in social psychology beginning August 2021.Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses such as social psychology, psychology of racism, general psychology, research design and statistics and/or tests and measurements, and graduate courses such as applied social psychology and research design and statistical analysis.

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES :

Effectively teach students both in assigned courses and outside-the-classroom settings (e.g., student research, service learning, etc.), advise students, and carry out other assigned professional responsibilities in support of student learning and success. Faculty are expected to engage in undergraduate/graduate student research/thesis supervision. The academic-year workload for full-time faculty is 24 workload hours and faculty must hold a minimum of five office hours per week on no fewer than three different days. Expected to teach undergraduate courses such as social psychology, psychology of racism, general psychology, research design and statistics and/or tests and measurements, and graduate courses such as applied social psychology and research design and statistical analysis. Expected to assist in the evaluation of graduate core competency exams (CCEs). Faculty are expected, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 4, to engage in professional responsibilities such as curriculum development and update; learning outcomes assessment for courses and programs; participating in department, college, and university meetings and workshops. Candidates must be willing to teach day, evening and/or weekend classes and conduct classes on and off the Millersville campus through multifaceted teaching strategies for face-to-face classroom delivery and/or web-enhanced or web-based formats. Actual assignments will depend upon department needs. Candidates are expected to fulfill all contractual obligations.

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CONTINUING SCHOLARLY GROWTH :

Pursue scholarly growth on an ongoing basis, both within and outside the subject discipline, in the academic profession.

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SERVICE :

Provide service on an ongoing basis by contributing professionally to department and university governance outside the classroom for the university, professional community, and community at large, in a participatory, developmental, or advisory capacity.

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OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES :

May include but is not limited to: Supervise student internships, honors theses, independent studies, and/or individualized instructions. Other reasonable duties assigned within the faculty member’s field of competence.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW / EVALUATIONS :

Please see the CBA, Article 12, Performance Review and Evaluation of Faculty, at http://www.passhe.edu/inside/hr/syshr/Bargaining_Agreements/apscuf_agr.pdf (pp. 27-39).

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION :

The Department of Psychology, in the College of Education and Human Services, is comprised of 17 full-time faculty members. All of these professors hold doctoral degrees and represent the many dimensions of psychology. Faculty areas of expertise include developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, psychopathology, applied behavior analysis, social psychology, health psychology, learning and memory, neuroscience, school psychology, and statistics and research design. The Department of Psychology is housed within the Susan P. Luek Hall, serves nearly 400 undergraduate and 160 graduate students, and contains a clinic which is used for research and training purposes. The department has three graduate programs including master’s degrees in School Psychology, School Counseling, and Clinical Psychology. The Clinical Psychology graduate program offers two tracks for obtaining a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Students have the option of taking a 42 credit track suitable for entering a doctoral program or a 60 credit track designed to meet the academic requirements for a licensed professional counselor.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree plus ABD in Social Psychology or a related field from a Ph.D. program.
  • Must have earned Ph.D. by November 1, 2022. An official transcript must be submitted as proof of completion. (In the event that the doctorate is not completed by the specified date, the faculty contract will be terminated effective as of the end of the second year of employment.)
  • Knowledge and skills to teach undergraduate courses in social psychology, cultural psychology with emphasis on prejudice, general psychology, and research design and statistics, and/or tests and measurements.
  • Knowledge and skills to supervise students in research and lab activities.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • A record of conducting and supervising research activities and a commitment to continue doing so.
  • Ability to conduct and supervise students in scholarly activities.
  • Commitment to serve diverse populations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and to contribute to Departmental functions.
  • Successful interview, teaching demonstration, reference checks and 3 background clearances.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned Ph.D. in Psychology.
  • Knowledge, skills, and interest in developing and teaching courses in such areas as cultural psychology, psychology of racism, types of prejudices, and/or psychology of gender.
  • Evidence of research and teaching effectiveness.
  • Experience supervising students in research and lab activities.
  • Evidence of an established line of evidence-based research.
  • Evidence of institutional service activity.

Special Instructions to Applicants
A complete application comprises the following:
  • A cover letter summarizing how the applicant’s education and experience match the required qualifications of the position.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of registrar-issued unofficial transcripts for all degrees conferred and in progress (the successful candidate will be required to provide registrar-issued official transcripts from the issuing institution(s) directly to the Provost’s Office by the start date).
  • A statement of teaching experience/philosophy, up to two-pages in length, that demonstrates the ability to teach in a laboratory, applications based curriculum.
  • Three current letters of reference (applicant to submit names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals who will be contacted to upload current letters of reference directly to a confidential website).


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials far enough in advance of the full consideration date to allow time for their references to respond. If you choose to provide additional documentation, please upload these items as optional documents.

Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You will not be able to change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials, after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.

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