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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology-Open Specialty (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2022

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Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Psychology Department, beginning August 2023. This full-time, tenure-track, 9-month position carries a three-courses-per-semester teaching load.     

Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate in Psychology or related area, with specialty open. Highly qualified ABDs may be considered but must have Ph.D. in hand by August 16, 2023. A rich mentoring program is in place to develop the selected person as an excellent teacher, researcher, and colleague is provided by the Chair and tenured members of the faculty throughout the university.

The successful candidate should have a Christian worldview, a strong commitment to the classroom, will demonstrate excellence in student development and mentorship, and collegial collaboration.  The department also seeks to support the active research agendas of young scholars, especially as related to the pedagogy and andragogy of teaching of psychology. Support for travel will be available and other research funding can be earned on a competitive basis.

The Department of Psychology is among the fastest-growing departments on campus, and the second largest in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department has 5 full-time faculty positions, several long-term adjuncts, and around 140 majors and 100 minors. We are firmly committed to earnestly, appropriately, and lovingly integrating Christian faith into the classroom with winsome grace.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama.  Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 430 full time faculty and more than 5,600 students representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 18 countries.  Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings.  The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability.  The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting.  The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 17, 2023, and reviews will begin on that date. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of research interests and activities, along with an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement (links below). Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.   The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:


“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:


Please submit all materials in a PDF format to:                                Questions may be addressed to Search Committee Chair:                                                                    Dr. Robert Elsner, Professor and Chair of Psychology

Subject: Psychology – Open Specialty                                

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).


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