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Department Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Baylor University
Waco, Texas
The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and professional experience.
Posted Date
Oct 2, 2023

POSITION: Department Chair and Professor of Educational Psychology

Consistent with Baylor’s mission to be a world-class institution dedicated to Christian principles and ideals, the qualifications for the position include:


  • Doctorate in one of the disciplines represented within the department (or a closely related field) with academic credentials sufficient to merit the rank of tenured full professor at a Research 1 institution. Ability to advance the Christian mission of Baylor. Ability to advance Baylor’s Academic Strategic Plan, Illuminate, through strategic faculty and staff recruitment, retention, mentoring, and program development. Evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level. Proven record as an academic leader with relevant administrative experiences. Nationally recognized program of research with a strong refereed research publication record. Strong record of success securing external funding.
  • Ability to foster a coherent and unified vision that recognizes excellence and promotes a collegial atmosphere of collaboration, achievement, and service to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with other School of Education leaders to help advance the school, department, and other individual academic units.


  • A proven track record establishing internal and external partnerships and a commitment to collaborative and innovative approaches that advance teaching and research. Leadership in national and international professional organizations. Previous experience as a chair, program director, associate dean, or other academic leadership positions.


The chair functions as the Department of Educational Psychology’s chief academic and administrative officer, overseeing and promoting the department’s research productivity and impact, academic programming, service engagement, and outreach activity. The chair provides strategic leadership, insightful evaluation, and sound mentoring and professional development for faculty (all ranks) and staff. The chair is responsible for leading the department and enhancing its relationships with other departments in the School of Education and across the University at large. As a member of the school’s leadership team, the chair reports to the dean of the school. As such, the chair is responsible for:

  • Serving as a collaborative visionary leader who can help move the department forward to advance its national status Strengthening faculty engagement at community, regional, and national levels to advance Baylor’s mission. Developing and implementing plans for new programs and initiatives that enhance the department’s national recognition for high research activity. Promoting professional development, research efforts, and growth among faculty and staff. Overseeing course scheduling and instruction. Addressing student concerns alongside program directors. Administering the department budget. Overseeing all department business and supervising office staff. Managing department policy formation and implementation. Managing personnel matters, including conducting annual performance reviews for faculty and staff. Maintaining departmental governance and external communications.


SALARY AND BEGINNING DATE: The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. The anticipated date of appointment is June or July 2024.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by November 1, 2023.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates should include the following in their application materials:

  1. Letter of interest that addresses the position’s qualifications and responsibilities and includes a statement of personal faith and potential fit with Baylor’s Christian mission A curriculum vitae Transcripts documenting the terminal degree Contact information for three to five professional references. Note: Reference checks will only be initiated for those applicants who advance to the finalist phase (i.e., on-campus interviews).

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact search committee chair, Dr. William Sterrett,

Materials must be submitted electronically to:

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Educational Psychology (EDP) strives to enrich the community and extend its state and national impact through rigorous academic programs, robust faculty research agendas, and a variety of high-impact research centers and clinics. Accomplished faculty mentor students to carry out high-quality research and service delivery in areas including exceptionalities, learning and development, school psychology, and quantitative research methods. The EDP department offers a wide array of authentic learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. At the graduate level, the department offers  PhD degrees in Educational Psychology and School Psychology, an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology, and master’s degrees in Educational Psychology with multiple specialization options. For undergraduates, the EDP offers teacher-certification programs in Special Education and Gifted & Talented education.  To learn more about the department please visit

SCHOOL: For more than 100 years, the School of Education has advanced Baylor University’s mission across the globe while preparing students for a range of careers focused on education, leadership, and human development. With more than 60 full-time faculty members, the school’s growing research and outreach portfolio complements its long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and mentorship. Baylor School of Education’s undergraduate teacher education programs have earned national distinction for innovative partnerships with local schools that provide future educators with deep clinical preparation. Likewise, the school’s graduate programs have attained national recognition for their exemplary preparation of research scholars, educational leaders, innovators, and clinicians. Graduate enrollments continue to rise, with more than 700 students pursuing advanced study and professional preparation through 17 different graduate program options including MA, MSEd, Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. levels.     

Through exciting new academic initiatives both at home and abroad, and several new searches underway for faculty colleagues, the School is in a period of significant expansion and deepened impact through the production of meaningful, high-quality research and the preparation of outstanding leaders, teachers, and clinicians. To learn more about the School of Education please visit

UNIVERSITY: Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas and currently serves approximately 21,000 students. Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation and designated an R1 institution within the Carnegie Foundation’s classification system. Baylor University is also recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education within its honor roll of "Great Colleges to Work For." Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while affording faculty and staff the opportunity to live in one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate Forward, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor’s curriculum includes 126 baccalaureate programs, 79 master’s programs, 47 doctoral programs (including the JD), the Education Specialist program, and the Master of Laws program.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, people of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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