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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana

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Social Sciences, Psychology & Behavioral Science
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, in the Department of Psychology to begin in Fall 2023. Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in church and society. Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest. It is a comprehensive institution offering both liberal arts and professional programs. Its undergraduate programs are housed in five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Christ College (honors program). In addition, the Graduate School offers advanced studies in the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing.

This exciting tenure-track opportunity is suitable for a teaching-focused individual with expertise in clinical/counseling areas of psychology. This position is a full-time 9-month appointment. Specific responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate courses, developing an active program of research/scholarship, mentoring undergraduate students, and service to the department and university. While candidates of all areas of specialty are invited, those with clinical/counseling training are especially encouraged to apply. Consistent with specialty, course assignments could include General Psychology, Personality Psychology, Neuropsychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Community and Health Psychology, or Psychotherapy and Counseling, typically with a 21-credit teaching load.

Preferred qualifications include: superb teaching experience, ability to work collaboratively in institutional settings, strong clinical/counseling skills, and evidence of excellent research potential. Candidates who do not have these qualifications should demonstrate their potential for obtaining some of these qualifications within their first few years as a pre-tenure faculty member. Ideally, candidates will have earned a doctorate in clinical, counseling, or related area of psychology by the position start date; ABD applicants will be considered.

Our faculty energetically and collaboratively mentor undergraduate majors in scholarly activities. The Psychology Department consists of 10 full-time faculty members, over 120 undergraduate psychology majors, and 40 graduate students. Our educational approach is student-centered and demands high faculty-student engagement. We seek a candidate who is similarly motivated to include undergraduates in professional development opportunities and ongoing programs of research. The successful candidate will serve as a core faculty within our undergraduate psychology program, with potential opportunities to teach advanced courses in our reputable master’s program in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC).

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three references to Interfolio at In your cover letter, please include brief statements of (a) how you might contribute to the university’s distinctive mission, and (b) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the search committee will contact these references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. Applications received on or before January 15 will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Holly Cross, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Psychology, 1400 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383 or to [email protected]

EEOC Policy:

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community.  Its EOE policy can be found at  Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.  In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check..

About the Community:

Valparaiso, Indiana is a city of 34,000 located 50 miles from downtown Chicago and only 14 miles from the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Park. Valparaiso is home to 13 city parks, over 20 miles of bike trails, and award-winning downtown gathering spaces that house year-round community events including: the Popcorn Festival, music concerts, ice skating, farmer’s markets and more. The city was built to support neighborhood activities, with the majority of neighborhoods being within walking distance of parks, schools, and communal spaces. With the university located less than one mile from downtown, its central location within the community makes it easy for employees to enjoy the growing amenities the city has to offer. Valparaiso has been recognized as one of the top communities in Indiana and is in one of the fastest growing counties in the state. It is an area that continues to show economic growth and diversification of its residents.



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Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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In its more than 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871. It was revived in 1873 by an enterprising educator, Henry Baker Brown, as the Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University.

Despite its decades of success, the University again experienced financial hardship as the United States entered World War I. The Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University, purchased it in 1925, ushering in the modern era of Valpo’s history. Distinguished by its Lutheran heritage of scholarship, freedom, and faith, Valparaiso University continues to fulfill the dreams of these modern founders.


The University’s 350-acre campus is located one hour southeast of Chicago, 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and within walking distance of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, where you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops as well as independent boutiques, entertainment, and cultural experiences.


Valpo is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from nearly all regions of the United States and more than 30 other countries.

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Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Christ College — The Honors College. The Graduate School offers more than 20 graduate programs that are fully integrated into three academic colleges and hold the appropriate accreditation in their field. 

Students complement their classroom experiences with applied, practical experiences to prepare for their careers. They work closely with their peers, are mentored by accomplished faculty, and reach across disciplines, putting theory into practice. Whatever the degree path, students receive an innovative, rigorous education within the liberal arts tradition and learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems with creative solutions.



Valparaiso University consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff.

Notable rankings by U.S. News & World Report include:

  • No. 4 in the ranking of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, which evaluates academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni support.
  • No. 1 among regional universities in the Midwest for best undergraduate teaching, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
  • No. 1 in the Best Value category in the Midwest regional universities, with 93 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through grants, scholarships and other sources.
  • No. 3 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.
  • The ABET-accredited College of Engineering is the No. 14 best undergraduate engineering program in the country.
  • The AACSB-accredited College of Business is included as one of the Best Business Programs in the nation.

Mission Statement

“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”

At Valpo, we embrace our distinctive Lutheran character through our pursuit of academic excellence informed by faith and reason. The interaction of faith and learning provides a solid foundation for our educational community, where we are dedicated to serving humanity through the vigorous pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge.

Our University strives to be a place where fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect — a place where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction.

A Valpo education encourages students to pursue paths God’s light illuminates, igniting promise and possibility, sparking an inner flame for all who learn here. It is about preparing good people to do great things in a world that needs them.

Passion is Who We Are

At Valpo, students are inspired to discover their passions and pursue a life of purpose.

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Valparaiso University is an institution dedicated to preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. At Valpo, students receive an education global in scope and grounded in faith, designed to prepare graduates to lead and serve where needed, impacting their lives and improving our world. We are a community of people who seek Truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.

The University is composed not only of extraordinary students, but faculty and staff who trust in and support the University’s mission to grow and guide students on their journey.

We have a responsibility at this University to provide the support systems and opportunities — academic and extracurricular — needed to prepare more of the kind of leaders the world needs. With this in mind, we embrace the opportunity to welcome new employees to the Valpo family who embrace the Valpo experience, elevate and transform the lives of students while on campus, and shape their futures for the better.

The University’s nearly 60,000 alumni living around the world excel in a number of fields and are well-known for their service work and efforts to improve the world. In order to continue this legacy, we seek to build a faculty and staff who will shape the next generation of Valpo women and men, propelling them to even greater levels of achievement and distinction.

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