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Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18018
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jessi Smith, Professor and Search Committee Chair

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor in Developmental 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 Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field by start date, will develop and maintain an active research program with the potential for external funding, will participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and will contribute to an interdisciplinary, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive environment.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A6150
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) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in developmental psychology. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field by start date, will develop and maintain an active research program with the potential for external funding, and will participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Duties and Responsibilities

The faculty position to be filled is a full-time tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in research and teaching. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the psychology program, with duties to include teaching foundational courses in the department curriculum as well as courses in the candidate’s area of expertise; developing a nationally recognized research program with extramural funding, and participating in professional and university outreach and service activities.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in Psychology or related field by start date.
  2. Potential to publish high-quality, original research and build a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program.
  3. Potential to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  4. Evidence of scholarly and professional achievements commensurate with experience.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Expertise on child or adolescent development.
  2. Potential to complement current faculty research interests within the department and/or across campus.
  3. Potential to contribute to the department’s curriculum, especially in the area of core courses and/or required courses in research methods and statistical analyses.
  4. Commitment to supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be a dynamic scholar with strong potential to establish 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;
  • 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 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; & motivation and emotion regulation. The department has approximately 350 undergraduate majors, 90 psychology minors, and a Ph.D. program in Psychological Science. Faculty typically teach two courses per semester. 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, the Montana Engineering Education Research Center, the Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, the American Indian and Alaskan Native Clinical and Translational Research Program 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 or before October 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.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

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

Supplemental Questions

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