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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Kennesaw State University

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Social Sciences, Psychology & Behavioral Science
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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Job ID: 236802
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia's largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2) committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Department of Psychological Science is a dynamic and rapidly growing department housed in the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department of Psychological Science has 46 full-time and several part-time and limited-term faculty supporting a major and minor in psychology, including a fully online undergraduate program. The department has a commitment to providing a rigorous education that prepares almost 2,500 majors (Bachelor of Science) and 600+ minors for careers and graduate training. The department strives to be inclusive, collaborative, and family-friendly. With several openings within our department this year, dual-career couples who fit two or more departmental needs are encouraged to apply.

With more than 400 full-time faculty and 8000 degree seeking students, the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS), the largest college at the University, prepares the next generation of leaders in a wide array of fields to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and become contributing citizens in a global society. The home of three Schools and eight Departments, RCHSS offers more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs of study in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. RCHSS provides students with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement. RCHSS and the Department of Psychological Science promote diversity and inclusiveness among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we seek candidates whose experience, research, teaching, and service have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

For a detailed description of the University, Colleges, and Department, please visit our web site at

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for multiple research-intensive, nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Psychology faculty positions in the Department of Psychological Science, beginning August 1, 2022. We are seeking applicants with a background in Clinical psychology, Sports psychology, and/or Experimental/Health psychology.

The Department of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University is seeking applicants with a demonstrated record of impactful research, teaching excellence, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Research-intensive, nine-month tenure track faculty within the Department of Psychological Science are expected to engage in programmatic research that results in publications in refereed journals and extramural funding. Collaboration among scholars and research focusing on the advancement of military and/or first-responder populations as well as community health is encouraged.

Faculty are expected to teach undergraduate courses in their area of specialization, as well as courses that are part of the required core in the psychology major. The standard teaching load is 9 credit hours (i.e., 3 courses) per semester, and faculty on a research-intensive workload have a reduced course load. Faculty in the department have a strong commitment to undergraduate education and mentorship and to create inclusive learning environments for students with diverse backgrounds. Service to the department, college, university, and/or profession is expected.

Required Qualifications
The successful applicant will have demonstrated evidence of or very strong potential for extramural funding, experience publishing in refereed journals, and documented evidence of teaching excellence.

An earned Ph.D. in Psychology, or a closely related field, or the foreign equivalent is required. Exceptional ABD'candidates will be considered, but the degree must be conferred by the beginning of the contract period.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications - Position Specific

Clinical Psychology - We are especially interested in applicants with culturally informed research focusing on military and first responder/community health and well-being. Strong candidates will be eligible for or licensed in the state of Georgia and have experience in the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health interventions. The potential for candidates to teach courses relevant to clinical/counseling psychology and/or required courses in the departmental curriculum, as well as contribute to the development of a graduate program will be considered.

Sports Psychology (emphasis Performance) - We are especially interested in applicants with a background in researching behavioral performance in athletic populations. Strong candidates for this position will have experience in grant writing and research conducted with military or military-relevant populations (i.e., firefighters, police officers, and Division I athletes). The potential for candidates to teach courses in their area of expertise and/or required courses in the departmental curriculum, as well as contribute to the development of a graduate program will be considered.

Experimental/Health - We are especially interested in applicants with a background in experimental methodology and demonstrated evidence of working with vulnerable or underserved populations. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working on collaborative research teams and who have experience with externally funded research projects. Evidence of multidisciplinary collaboration and a dedication to multidisciplinary research is highly desired. The potential for candidates to teach courses in their area of expertise and/or required courses in the departmental curriculum, as well as contribute to the development of a graduate program will be considered.

Required Documents to Attach
  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter addressing the candidate's qualifications for the position, including teaching philosophy addressing candidate's ability to teach diverse populations of students and the other qualifications listed above
  3. Research Statement
  4. Unofficial Transcripts (Official Transcripts Due Upon Hire)
  5. Summary of teaching evaluations
  6. List of names and contact information for three references

Apply Before Date
This position is open until filled; for best consideration, applications must be received by January 10, 2022.

Contact Information
For questions about these faculty openings, please contact Dr. Jennifer Willard (search co-chair); Email: [email protected]; Phone Number: (470) 578-6250.

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Background Check
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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