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Associate or Full Professor - Psychology

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18017
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jessi Smith, Professor and Search Committee Chair

Classification Title
Working Title Associate or Full Professor - Psychology
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Psychology at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in Psychological Science (specialty area open). Successful candidates are expected to have developed a well-established research program and to show a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications
Position Number 4A3468
Department Psychology
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Psychology at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman seeks to hire a tenured or tenure-qualified faculty member in Psychological Science (specialty area open) at the Associate or Full Professor level. The successful candidate will have a well-established research program and a strong record of research productivity, relative to the candidate’s level of experience. Research area is not specified; preference is given to candidates who broaden the areas of expertise represented by the current faculty. The department has eight Psychological Science faculty at MSU with strong research in the department’s four cross-cutting themes: attention, memory, and thought; equity and diversity; health disparities, resilience, and well-being; and motivation and emotion regulation. Preference is given to candidates with a well-developed and externally funded research program that complements these areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

We seek to appoint an accomplished scholar to assume a senior role in the Department of Psychology. A successful applicant must be able to balance the demands of conducting a research program that results in high-quality publications, seeking external funding for research, teaching, mentoring, advising, and engaging in outreach and service that strengthens the MSU community. The normal teaching duties are two courses each semester. The successful candidate will be responsible for obtaining extramural research funding. The faculty member will participate in teaching departmental undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their area of specialization, and mentoring junior faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty member will be responsible for providing service as applicable to the department, college, university, and scientific community.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in Psychology or related field.
  2. Experience in a tenure-track position or equivalent research and teaching experience.
  3. Established research program with a successful record of publishing high-quality and original research in disciplinary refereed journals.
  4. Demonstrated experience in teaching, advising and mentoring undergraduate students.
  5. Evidence of meaningful university and professional service, leadership, and/or outreach.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Evidence of an externally-funded research program that will complement and expand current MSU programs.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be a dynamic scholar with the ability to maintain a funded research program that fosters participation by undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students and junior faculty;
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students; and
  • Have an appreciation for diverse constituencies, especially the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

The Program
The Department

The department has approximately 350 undergraduate majors, 90 psychology minors, and a Ph.D. program in Psychological Science. MSU has many opportunities for collaborative work both within and outside the department, including with the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, Montana INBRE, Montana-Alaska Clinical Translational Research Program, the Montana Engineering Education Research Center, and the Western Transportation Institute. Montana State University and the College of Letters and Science value diverse perspectives and hope to attract applicants who are committed to promoting an inclusive working and learning environment.

The College

The College of Letters & Science, the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts education in nearly 50 majors and 25 minors. Within the four areas of the humanities, sciences, mathematics and social sciences, the college prepares students to respond to the complexities of the world and the rapid expansion of human knowledge. Students learn to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, understand various disciplines and cultures, and develop the engagement that will make them life-long learners and leaders.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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