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Psychology Assistant Professor in Prevention Science

University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
competitive salary and benefits package
Start date
Nov 20, 2023

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The Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina invites applications for an assistant professor tenure-track faculty position in the area of prevention science. The Department seeks candidates with particular interest in working with racially or ethnically diverse populations, and whose scholarship focuses on prevention as it applies to children. Candidates with research expertise in classroom, school, and community preventive interventions, especially with a focus on health disparities and on prevention aimed at benefitting groups that have experienced discrimination and exclusion, are strongly urged to apply. This faculty position is in conjunction with the University's NIH-supported Research Center for Child Well-Being (RCCWB): The RCCWB conducts research on integrated prevention of unhealthy lifestyle and social-emotional problems in children ages 2-10.


This position is for a 9-month tenure-track appointment in the Department of Psychology. The position requires a doctoral degree by the beginning date of employment (August 16, 2024), in psychology or a related field, and a demonstrated record of research productivity and potential for excellence in teaching. The position is open to early-career faculty as well as recent graduates. The successful candidate will also have an affiliation with the RCCWB, which includes faculty in psychology, public health, education, and social work. A key goal of the RCCWB is the acceleration of promising early-career faculty to independent scientist status, with the support of senior center scientists and research cores. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational and work environment as well as in the engagement of diverse communities in prevention research. The successful candidate will be expected to vigorously pursue external grants to support their prevention research related to the focus of the RCCWB and contribute to the academic mission of the department and the college through undergraduate and graduate teaching, including prevention-related courses.


The University of South Carolina is a Carnegie University of High Research Activity and of Community Engagement. The Psychology Department, which averages more than $8 million annually in external funding, has a PhD program involving 80+ students with concentrations in Clinical-Community, Cognitive & Neural Sciences, Quantitative, and School Psychology, and an undergraduate major serving 1500+ students.


From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled in one of the eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service—helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond. The greater Columbia area in particular hosts historical and cultural attractions, festivals, performing arts and sporting events, parks and considerable outdoor recreation, and an easily accessible airport.


At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination, through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.


The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


To apply: Applications require: 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vita; 3) research statement; 4) teaching statement; and 5) contact information for three references. Submit application and documents at the following link:


Applications are being reviewed beginning in late Fall 2023; however, the position will remain open until filled.  Inquiries about this posting should be directed to Dr. Ron Prinz at

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