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Department Chair - Psychology

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 29, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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Full Time

Department Chair - Psychology

Job #: 077333
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $115,000 - $160,000
Hours: As determined by the Dean
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
We seek an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Psychology comprises 24 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 6 full-time staff members. Our faculty are distinguished researchers, educators, and scientist-practitioners who approach our research, teaching, and service from our shared values focused on equity and justice and the use of rigorous methodological approaches. The new department chair will play a pivotal role in formulating departmental strategic plans.

The Department of Psychology comprises an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in broad areas of psychology, including clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, school psychology, and social psychology. Our impactful research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and various other foundation and industry collaborators. Many of our faculty also play active roles in the Neuroscience Program, Aging Studies Institute, Burton Blatt Institute on Disability, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families across campus. The successful candidate will possess the qualities necessary to excel as a leader in this complex, interdisciplinary environment by fostering collaborations across diverse research types, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of relevant funding streams, and supporting the unique needs of diverse research programs.

The Department of Psychology houses the largest undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, with approximately 1,000 psychology majors. We also train over 60 graduate students across our four doctoral programs: APA-accredited Ph.D. programs in Clinical and School Psychology and Ph.D. programs in Social and Cognitive psychology. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, an engaging curriculum, hands-on mentoring, and an in-house psychological services center for clinical training. The Department has a long history of educational excellence, with many faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching and mentoring and with numerous graduates going on to have successful academic careers. The successful candidate will be prepared to work with the undergraduate program director and four graduate program directors to ensure effective program development and resource allocation, maintain accreditation standards, and inspire innovation in teaching, mentoring, and graduate training to match the changing landscape of higher education.

The successful candidate will work with the leadership team (e.g., associate chairs, undergraduate and graduate program directors, director of the Psychological Services Center) to broaden and strengthen the Department in alignment with the University's strategic plan. The successful Chair should have a clear, strategic vision for further advancing the research and educational programs in the Department, particularly within the context of the University's R1 status. In addition, the successful candidate should have demonstrated leadership experience in an academic setting (such as academic administration, program or center/institution direction) with a track record of successfully fostering collaborative relationships across diverse disciplines and research types. The successful candidate will be expected to foster faculty research, cultivate a positive, inclusive, and collaborative environment within the Department for faculty, staff, and students, and represent the Department to the broader institution and community.

Initial appointment as chair will be for 3-years and is renewable. The expected start date is July 1, 2024.
The pay range shown is for the academic year (8.5 months).

  • A Ph.D. in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, social psychology, school psychology, or related fields.
  • The chair will be a tenured full professor. Current tenured full professors are preferred, but advanced associate professors with credentials aligned with full professorship at Syracuse University will be considered.

Job Specific Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have:
  • A record of excellence in high-quality, productive, and impactful research experience, external research funding, and mentoring junior and mid-career faculty members on research.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities within an academic setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and student mentoring/advising.
  • A demonstrated commitment to building toward an equitable, inclusive, and diverse scholarly environment by bringing together diverse groups of students, faculty and staff members, and community members.

  • Tenured faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service.
  • The Chair will be responsible for the Department’s academic and strategic leadership and will provide advocacy for the Department at the college, University, regional, and national levels; provide guidance to a leadership team comprised of associate chairs, undergraduate and graduate program directors, and the director of the Psychological Services Center; oversee and delegate responsibilities to several departmental committees.
  • The Chair will oversee a department housed in an R1 research university that offers undergraduate major B.A. and B.S. programs in Psychology and Ph.D. programs in Clinical, Cognitive, School, and Social Psychology.
  • The Chair will maintain regular meeting schedules with faculty, staff, and graduate students; maintain availability for faculty/staff/student support and assistance; support recruitment efforts at the undergraduate and graduate levels; oversee the promotion and tenure processes for the Department as well as faculty and staff annual reviews; support the development of tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty members; oversee curriculum design, advising, operations, budget, and day-to-day management; and foster alum relations.

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

Application Deadline:
Full Consideration By:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Priority Consideration: 12/01/2023

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