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Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Psychology
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date 07/01/21

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Bonnie Nicholson, Associate Director, School of Psychology ( to inquire about the position. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, 4) three letters of recommendation, 5) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire). 

Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here: Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender directly to the search chair ( The program is committed to increasing diversity. We encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation AA/EEO/ADAI. 

Job Summary
The School of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, Assistant Teaching Professor position beginning August 2021. This exciting position is available to Doctoral level graduates with exceptional teaching abilities and a desire to support the undergraduate program at Southern Miss. This position will allow talented instructors an opportunity to engage with undergraduate psychology majors, many of whom are from diverse backgrounds and/or first-generation students, as well as graduate students in applied areas. Opportunities for undergraduate teaching include courses covering topics such as research methods, introductory psychology, and courses in applied areas, depending on the expertise of the individual hired. We are especially interested in colleagues who support the mission of the University and support undergraduate student success. Opportunities for engagement in student success initiatives are available and highly encouraged.  At the graduate level, licensed or license-eligible teaching track faculty can be involved in practicum supervision in our in-house training clinic, and teaching graduate-level, applied courses. Opportunities to obtain post-doctoral supervision towards licensure (which includes mentorship, professional development) is available. The School of Psychology has approximately 600 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students across three APA-accredited doctoral programs (Counseling, Clinical, & School), a doctoral program in Brain and Behavior (general/ experimental psychology), and an MPCAC-accredited Counseling Psychology terminal master’s program. Qualified applicants will be prepared to contribute to the teaching mission of the School of Psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1.  Teaching a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes in areas of expertise.
2.  Contributing to the mission of the university and profession through service activities focused on teaching and student success initiatives.   
3.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Psychology, or related area, by August 2021. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Teaching experience. 

Preferred Qualifications
Strong applicants will demonstrate the potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching and who are licensed or license-eligible as a psychologist in the state of Mississippi; graduates from APA-accredited programs in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology (by August 2021) are preferred. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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