Department Chair - Psychology

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Title of Position Being Posted
Department Chair - Psychology


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Salary commensurate with experience

General Summary of Position:
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a dynamic and experienced faculty leader and scholar to serve as the Chair of its Psychology Department at the rank of Full Professor with tenure.

The department is housed within the University's College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS). The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and 174 full-time faculty. FAHSS has experienced transformative growth over the past five years, including the hiring of over 50 new faculty members, a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs.

Psychology enrolls over 1,100 students within its academic degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts (offered both on campus and online), Master's degrees in Community Social Psychology and Autism Studies, graduate-level certificates in two areas, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Psychology and Prevention Science. The department currently consists of 24 full-time faculty. Faculty specialize in a wide range of methodological and content areas and generate significant levels of scholarly output. Currently, faculty research is supported by several large grants from the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, NIH, and other major funding agencies, and faculty serve in a range of leadership positions at the national level including editorial boards, grant review committees, and governance in professional organizations. The Department maintains active working partnerships with a range of state and local agencies, and it is actively involved in the Lowell community.

UMass Lowell is a top-tier university, with a total enrollment approaching 20,000 students. It has advanced in national rankings more than almost any other university in the country over the past five years, and it offers an excellent salary and benefits package. The department has strong ties to the community of Lowell, a mid-sized city with a diverse population located 25 miles northwest of Boston.

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As Chair, the successful candidate for this position will assume responsibility for: 1) overseeing the department's academic operations; 2) working with faculty and the Dean of the College to identify and promote the department's strategic priorities, including growth of external funding; 3) implementing initiatives to promote student success, faculty development, and the department's research enterprise; and 4) forging and maintaining connections and partnerships with external stakeholders (including alumni and partner agencies) and with other academic units in the College and the University.

The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding scholarship and leadership in the field of psychology, commensurate with the rank of a tenured Full Professor. S/He will offer evidence of effective academic leadership (including strong interpersonal skills and managerial competence) and a strategic vision for: 1) promoting student success; 2) mentoring and supporting faculty; 3) enhancing the department's research enterprise; and 4) attracting top students and faculty.

UMass Lowell offers highly competitive compensation and benefits, including salary, start-up funding, and relocation expenses. Although the preference is to fill the position for the January 2018 semester, the start date is negotiable.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
-Ph.D. in Psychology
-10 years of experience as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the field of psychology, at least 5 of which should be within a doctoral-granting academic unit
-Consistent record of high-quality scholarly output commensurate with the rank of Full Professor
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Leadership experience within an academic unit in the field of psychology or related area

Other Considerations:
-Experience as Chair, Associate Chair, or PhD Program Director
-Leadership experience in the field of psychology;
-Experience procuring and leading major grant-funded research projects
-Experience working collaboratively with outside agencies
-Experience in areas of academic program quality assurance, student success initiatives, faculty mentoring, and strategic planning

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Philosophy
Writing Sample- Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals
Research Statement
Names and contact information of three references

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested candidates should submit a CV, a list of references, teaching and research statements, and a detailed cover letter delineating a leadership philosophy and experiences related to the stated demands of the position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

UMass Lowell and the Department of Psychology are dedicated to increasing multicultural and gender diversity in their faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, and promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal, and we strongly encourage applicants to identify their strengths in this area.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.





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Posted: 4/19/2017
Application Due: 6/17/2017
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