Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Social Psychology - Starting Fall 2021

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.


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

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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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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.


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).


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.

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