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Assistant Professor, Psychology (Counseling)

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

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 07/31/21

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Melanie Leuty,, to inquire about the position. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire), and 5) up to three representative manuscript reprints. 

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 School of Psychology 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 applicants for one, full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position beginning August 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic scientist-practitioner, Counseling Psychology training program in the School of Psychology, including an APA-accredited doctoral training program, a MPCAC-accredited Counseling Psychology master’s program, and an undergraduate psychology major. The School of Psychology has approximately 600 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students across three APA-accredited doctoral programs (Counseling, Clinical, & School), an MPCAC accredited master’s program in counseling psychology, and a doctoral program in Brain & Behavior. The Counseling Psychology programs emphasize research mentorship, diversity, and training in evidence-based practices. Research and applied interests are open. Counseling Psychology students provide psychological services through an integrated, in-house training clinic, including assessment and treatment for university and community clients. The clinic permits close supervision of trainees by program faculty; we hope to recruit applicants with interest in and ability to provide clinical supervision of practicum students in our in-house training clinic, as well as mentor undergraduate and graduate student research. Qualified applicants will be prepared to contribute to the teaching mission of the School of Psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities to obtain post-doctoral supervision towards licensure (which includes mentorship, professional development) and/or to conduct and collaborate on research are available. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1.  Developing and maintaining a strong program of research.
2.  Teaching a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes, including supervision of graduate level practicum courses in our in-house training clinic. Applicants are expected to seek licensure in the state of Mississippi. 
3.  Seeking extramural funding.
4.  Contributing to the mission of the university and profession through service activities.
5.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program in Counseling Psychology or related area (by August 2021) and completion of an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship. License-eligible in the state of Mississippi. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Teaching experience. 


Preferred Qualifications
Strong scholarship potential and excellent teaching and supervisory skills. Undergraduate and graduate teaching experience.                                          

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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