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Lecturer, Psychology

James Madison University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 13, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Lecturer, Psychology

James Madison University

The Department of Psychology in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies at James Madison University (JMU) invites applicants for a 12-month full-time instructional faculty position with a Renewable Term Appointment (RTA) to begin July 1, 2024. RTAs at JMU typically begin at the rank of Lecturer and may be able to later apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer and eventually Principal Lecturer. Including this position, the department anticipates hiring four new full-time faculty members this year as a mentored cohort.

We are excited to welcome candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, including diversity, equity, inclusivity, justice, and accessibility practices. Candidates could contribute to our ongoing initiatives in these areas through their teaching (e.g., teaching courses that contribute to sociocultural awareness objectives in our curriculum), their collaboration with active mentorship of historically underserved students (e.g., see our PUURPLE Scholars program,, their service (e.g., working with our student Inclusive Excellence Council), and/or other expertise that they bring to the department. The successful candidate will join a student-centered faculty with a strong commitment to open, respectful, and supportive collegiality.

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to educate our students in and contribute to the science of Psychology. Psychology is among the most popular majors on campus, serving approximately 1,300 students. JMU emphasizes instructional innovation in the classroom, data-driven approaches to instructional improvement, and engaged learning experiences for undergraduates. The Department of Psychology faculty members are strong contributors to these efforts. Additional information about psychology at JMU is available at

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies, the administrative home of the Department of Psychology, is working to identify and dismantle oppressive, racist, and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes, thereby moving the college into inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish. CHBS has established an action plan and is engaged in steps within the domains of faculty, staff, students, curriculum, spaces, and community. More information about CHBS inclusion efforts can be found here:

JMU is a student-centered community that values excellence, integrity, and mutual respect. An enhanced focus on diversity within our psychology curriculum and creating an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students are among the goals for our campus (see JMU is an R2 university, with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, approximately 2 hours from Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke. JMU continues to be highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Niche, and Washington Monthly (see JMU highly values quality teaching, and the university has substantial infrastructure to support teaching, instructional technology, and faculty development, such as our Center for Faculty Innovation ( For more information about JMU see

The Department of Psychology has a commitment to diversity. Individuals who are prepared to help our students learn about the role of culture in the development and expression of individual and social behavior are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Teaching assignment: teach the equivalent of 3 courses each in fall and spring semesters, which may consist of teaching combined sections of Introductory Psychology (PSYC 101) but may change based on department needs.
• Advising assignment: 12-month advising of majors during the academic year (about 300 Psychology majors), summer advising for all continuing majors, summer first-year advising, and summer and winter transfer advising.


At least a completed master's degree in psychology or a similar field by June 2024 is required for this position. The preferred skills for this position include:
• Experience teaching in higher education
• Experience teaching in-person, larger courses
• Evidence of high-quality instruction
• Experience advising, coaching, or mentoring in higher education.

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2381 or go to Review of applications begins 3/11/2024. Salary is commensurate with experience.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


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