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Assistant/Associate Professor in Behavior Analysis

Western Michigan University
Michigan, United States
$65,000.00 - $90,000.00
Posted date
Nov 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences


Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Behavior Analysis. The department is very proud of its 50-year history in behavior analysis. We are looking for qualified candidates who are interested in contributing to the future success of the department to further our quest for continuous quality improvement of the Behavior Analysis Program. Our faculty train practitioners, scholars, and leaders in the field of behavior analysis. We are seeking candidates who have interest in and can contribute to assuring the highest quality in training for the next generation of behavior analysts and scholars. Many areas of teaching and scholarly activities could contribute to this goal. We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in a variety of research areas that fit a practitioner-training model.


Major Responsibilities: 


  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate level behavior analysis courses
  • Develop and maintain practicum and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Advise/mentor graduate students, including chairing and serving on thesis and dissertation committees
  • Provide clinical supervision of master’s and doctoral students
  • Provide research supervision of master’s and doctoral students
  • Develop a productive line of research as evidenced by high quality peer-reviewed publications
  • Secure extramural funding (grants and contracts)
  • Provide appropriate service to the department, college and university


Minimum Qualifications


  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • A doctoral degree in behavior analysis, psychology, or a related discipline awarded by August 20, 2022.
  • Eligible to be or certified as a BCBA-D, qualified as a supervisor through the BACB, and eligible for licensure as a behavior analyst in the State of Michigan
  • Peer-reviewed publications in an area of behavior analysis


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in advising diverse undergraduate or graduate student researchers, both domestic and international
  • Expertise or interest in one or more of the following:
    • Research that engages underrepresented communities (e.g., communities of color)
    • Integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities (e.g., communities of color) into behavior analytic research
    • Mentorship/supervision or practitioner training
    • Early behavior intervention for people with autism spectrum disorders or other clinical populations
    • Practice and research ethics
    • Statistics and quantitative analysis appropriate for a behavior analytic audience
  • History of establishing and sustaining clinical or research collaborations with community-based sites
  • Experience supervising or mentoring graduate level projects, theses, and or dissertations
  • Experience teaching applied behavior analysis courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in person and/or online
  • History or potential for extramural funding (grants and contracts)


The University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of over 19,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. Western Michigan University is a globally engaged university that promotes success for learners at all levels and stands out among America’s more than 4,600 public and private degree-granting colleges and universities. The university has invested in efforts to promote a welcoming, inclusive, equitable and diverse community, via our Racial Justice Advisory Committee, Native American Affairs, Council, President Montgomery’s Mountaintop Initiative, participation in the ASPIRE IChange Network and as an NSF ADVANCE campus.


INSIGHT into Diversity consistently honors WMU for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Military Times ranks WMU among the best institutions for veterans, and WMU is the only Michigan school to appear on all nine years of its annual Best for Vets list.

U.S. Department of State data shows that WMU was No. 6 among producers of American Fulbright Scholars in 2016-17.

WMU operates the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collegiate support program for former foster-care youth and is an international model for teaching, research, learning, and public service related to foster care and higher education.

Washington Monthly ranked WMU first in the state of Michigan on its impact on alumni earnings 10 years after graduation.


Land acknowledgement is a process by which individuals are prompted to consider the history of the space they currently inhabit. We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples and their continued presence.


The College:   The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University is to ignite and sustain a passion for learning and discovery in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, to help students, staff, and faculty succeed in life and contribute to the betterment of our communities, from local to global. Our vision is to achieve excellence in all aspects of learning and discovery across the humanities, social sciences and sciences while fostering a climate of intellectual freedom. As articulated in the College of Arts and Sciences strategic plan, we are committed to fostering a community of diverse, inclusive, equitable, and globally-engaged scholars, learners, and leaders. With 23 departments and interdisciplinary schools and institutes, WMU’s largest college offers a broad range of learning opportunities and career paths for our students. CAS students are among the very top students in the country, having received awards including Goldwater Fellowships, Udall Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and Fulbright awards, among others. For more information, see


Department: The Psychology Department includes 13 full-time faculty members. The department offers a comprehensive undergraduate program with over 700 majors and 500 minors, as well as over 150 graduate students. Renowned for its behavioral orientation, the department offers master’s degrees in behavior analysis (accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis), as well as doctoral degrees in behavior analysis (accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International), clinical psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association, next site visit 2027), and industrial/organizational behavior management. Faculty in the department have been tremendously successful in attracting support from external grants and contracts, with $1.3 million awarded in FY20-21 alone. For additional information about the department, see


Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo is located only two and a half hours by car from Chicago and Detroit and only 45 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan. It is located in one of Michigan’s designated research corridors, maintaining a strong life sciences/biotech presence and supporting two leading medical centers. With 263,000 people in the greater Kalamazoo area, the diverse community offers an array of cultural events, entertainment, and all-season recreation. The city supports a nationally recognized symphony and has earned a reputation for a vibrant community theatre and visual arts scene. Kalamazoo is strongly committed to social justice, community development and the elimination of generational poverty through its Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo initiative, with structural budgetary support provided by the City of Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence program. Kalamazoo also is the home of the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program offered to all Kalamazoo Public School students that covers up to 100% of tuition and mandatory fees to any Michigan public (and many private) institution of higher learning.


Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.


Expected Start Date: August, 2022


Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Required application documents:

  • Curriculum Vita that includes name, title, postal address, and email address
  • Cover letter including the following:
    • Statement and supporting examples of commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity[1]
    • Qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experience related to this position
    • Statement of teaching practices and philosophy
    • Statement of supervision practices and philosophy
    • Names and contact information of three professional references 

[1] San Diego State Universities “Building on Inclusive Excellence” 8 criteria provide a valuable framework for a statement and supporting examples

  To apply, click   Under department, select “Psychology”, then click search. 

Chair of Search committee: 

Dr. Lisa Baker

Department of Psychology

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI 49008



WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


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