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Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F55630
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology
School/Unit College of Humanities and Sciences
Department Psychology
Number of Months 9
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Vision:
The Department of Psychology strives to be a national leader recognized for generating knowledge about psychological processes through scientific research and for disseminating that knowledge to our colleagues, our graduate and undergraduate students and society at large.

We lead the way by integrating effectively teaching, scholarly inquiry, and service, thus creating an exemplary learning environment for our graduate and undergraduate students.

Psychologists, as social scientists, are suited uniquely to address societal issues by finding ways of addressing human problems, by developing knowledge and technology, and by educating people to be productive citizens and effective psychologists.

We achieve excellence by measuring continuously our performance and productivity individually as scholars, teachers, contributors to society, and collectively as a Department, in order to meet effectively the changing needs of our consumers, whether they be students, staff, faculty, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or society.

In all our endeavors, we strive to use resources cost-effectively so that we can best achieve this mission and the missions of the College of Humanities and Sciences and of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Our work is created by scientific rigor, committed in excellence and dedicated to improving the quality of life. Our productivity is maintained in an environment of fairness, mutual respect, and enjoyment.

Scientific Rigor:
We seek to create and disseminate knowledge. We value independence of thought and the right to disagree.

We strive for excellence based on clearly defined performance indices that are applied objectively.

Improved quality of life:
We contribute knowledge, education, and labor in order to solve human problems in our increasingly diverse society.

We are committed to creating and enhancing mechanisms for the recognition of people’s contributions and to providing access to growth and advancement for faculty, staff, and students.

Mutual Respect:
We strive always to value and refuse to devalue other people, including our staff, faculty, students, members of our University community, and all other constituents.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Counseling concentration of the American Psychological Association-accredited counseling psychology doctoral program to begin August 2018.

Position Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have an academic record likely to produce success in a Department of Psychology at a Carnegie Research-1 Institution. As a result, an established research agenda that is reflected in a developing content area within Counseling Psychology, a clear potential for accruing external funding and publishing in high-impact journals, and a potential for scholarship to complement and expand existing expertise in the Department will be the primary criteria used to evaluate applicants. The research area desired for the position is OPEN. Current research foci for faculty in the program include: (a) sleep across the lifespan; (b) promotion of healthy eating and exercise behaviors; © culturally sensitive behavioral health services for marginalized populations and people with disabilities; (d) physical and psychological impact of race-related stress; (e) career and workplace issues; and (f) mental health in Latino populations.

Candidates should also demonstrate excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring, and a commitment to human diversity and social justice, with the ability to advance the Department’s dedication to diversity through community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach. The ideal candidate will work effectively with others and will be willing to collaborate within the Program and Department. Teaching assignments in the doctoral and undergraduate curricula will vary based on candidate interest and expertise, as well as the needs of the Program.

Required Qualifications

A PhD from an APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program is preferred, although applicants with a degree from an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) program will also be considered. Applicants should be licensed or license-eligible as a Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Demonstrated experience working with and fostering diversity among faculty, staff, and students or strong commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 06/20/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 08/10/2018
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vita, contact information for at least three references, and (uploaded as one document in the “Other Document” section) a statement of research interests, teaching philosophy and interests, and representative publications to the following website: Please note, references are automatically sent recommendation letter requests and instructions as soon as an application is submitted. For more information about our department and the counseling psychology program, please visit our website at Application review will begin August 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents