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Assistant Professor of Psychology (Experimental)

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

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division Psychology
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin December 2 and continue until position is filled. Contact Dr. Mark Huff ( to inquire about the position. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter describing strengths and qualifications for the position, 2) a CV, 3) names and contact information for three references (letters will be requested following initial review), 4) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) 5) a research statement describing the applicant's program of research and impact, 6) a teaching philosophy statement including evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., sample course syllabi, teaching peer-reviews, etc.), and 7) up to three representative manuscript reprints. 

Job Summary 
The School of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for one, full-time, tenure track, 9-month, Assistant Professor position beginning August 2023. This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse experimental psychology doctoral program in the School of Psychology. The Brain & Behavior (Experimental) program is one of four doctoral programs in the School of Psychology. The Experimental doctoral program offers generalist training in research-based approaches to Psychology in several different research areas. The research area of specialization for this position is open, though we are especially interested in candidates whose training backgrounds complement or enhance our current concentrations, particularly in the areas of Cognitive Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and Developmental Psychology including Adult Development and Aging. The Experimental Psychology doctoral program emphasizes research mentorship, diversity, and undergraduate and graduate teaching. Our faculty have established records of scholarship in the areas of memory, aging and cognition, sensation and perception, evolutionary psychology, health psychology, and social cognition. We aim to recruit applicants who will produce impactful research with the potential to secure extramural funding, and who will emphasize training doctoral students to become productive and thoughtful scientists.

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 Experimental Psychology and a MPCAC Accredited Master’s program in Counseling Psychology. Qualified applicants will be prepared to contribute to the teaching mission of the School of Psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information can be found at

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Develop and maintain a strong program of research.  
  2. Teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes. 
  3. Seek extramural funding.
  4. Contribute to the mission of the university and profession through service activities.    
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in experimental psychology or related fields (by August 2023) 
Preferred Qualifications  

Demonstrated record of, or potential for, conducting research, obtaining extramural funding, and high-quality teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

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 across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 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 large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 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 more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 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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