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Assistant Professor - College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Department of Psychology

Georgia Southern University
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Assistant Professor — Search #67879
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science with concentrations in Experimental Psychology and Behavior Analysis, and an APA-accredited PsyD. This position will primarily involve teaching courses on the Armstrong campus, located in Savannah, Georgia. Current faculty within the Department are engaged in the development of leading teaching techniques and highly innovative research pursuits and are highly collaborative and supportive of each other's teaching, research, and service goals.

Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, the Assistant Professor requires teaching courses in some combination of courses that fall within the key areas of our Psychology degree programs (Biological and Evolutionary Bases for Behavior, Mental Processes, Behavior Change, Experiential Learning) and the candidate's specialty area, as well as conducting research and providing service to the Department and College. The position is an academic (10-month), tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
  • Earned Ph.D. in Psychology, or a closely related field, by August 1, 2022.
  • Evidence of successful College/University teaching experience.
  • Ability and ambition to include undergraduates in research that results in peer-reviewed publications consistent with a teaching-focused position.
  • Ability and ambition to teach courses from an experimental analysis of behavior perspective and in a nonhuman animal laboratory setting.
  • Ability and ambition to lead and maintain a nonhuman animal laboratory consistent with IACUC standards.
  • Ability and ambition to contribute to a positive, collaborative work environment.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience or ability to teach courses in some combination of our Biological and Evolutionary Bases for Behavior, Mental Processes, Behavior Change, and Experiential Learning areas.
  • Meets the qualifications to deliver courses within an ABAI verified course sequence in applied behavior analysis at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Holds, or is eligible for, the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.
  • Evidence of successful outcomes supervising research projects conducted by undergraduates.
  • Interest in developing/teaching courses using multiple modalities, including face-to-face, online, and synchronous learning formats.
  • Interest in collaborative research with existing Georgia Southern faculty.
  • Experience or potential for pursuing external funding.

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
  • All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
  • Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus.
  • Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

    Screening of applications begins December 1, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    		Jonathan Roberts, Search Chair, Search #67879
    				Georgia Southern University
    		Electronic mail: [email protected]
    	Telephone: 912-344-2910

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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