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Assistant/Associate Professor of Psychology (School)

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

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 November 1 and continue until position is filled. Contact Dr. Zach LaBrot ( to inquire about the positions. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter which addresses research and teaching and how these may contribute to the program’s emphasis on behavioral school psychology and diversity, equity and inclusion, 2) a CV, 3) names and contact information for three references (letters will be requested following initial review), and 4) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and 5) up to three representative manuscript reprints (optional). 

Job Summary 
The School of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for two tenure track positions beginning August, 2023. One position is designated at the rank of Assistant Professor and the other is designated at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We are seeking individuals interested in contributing to scholarly research, teaching and clinical supervision. For those applying at the Associate level, we are seeking someone with potential for program leadership (Training Director for our APA accredited School Psychology doctoral program) in the future. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic scientist-practitioner, behavioral school psychology training program which is APA accredited and NASP-approved, and has a course sequence approved by the Behavioral Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The School Psychology program emphasizes research mentorship, diversity, and training in evidence-based practices. Research and applied interests are open but should be consistent with a behavioral school psychology approach and contribute to the program emphasis on DEI. Our faculty have established records of scholarship in behavioral consultation, prevention of emotional and behavioral disorders in preschool children, behavioral assessment and intervention in multi-tiered systems of support, academic assessment and intervention, applied behavior analysis in traditional school settings, and behavioral parent training. Additionally, our faculty have several ongoing, grant-funding research projects being conducted with several schools and clinics within our community. Doctoral students provide psychological services through the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), which is an integrated in-house training clinic staffed by students and faculty from the School, Counseling, and Clinical psychology training programs. The CBH serves a diverse clientele including assessment and treatment for community clients. The clinic permits close supervision of school psychologists-in-training 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 and at school-based practicum sites, as well as mentor graduate student research.

 The School Psychology program is one of four doctoral programs in the School of Psychology. 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. Opportunities to obtain post-doctoral supervision during the licensure process (including mentorship, professional development) and/or to conduct and collaborate on research are available.  More information can be found at . 

Primary Duties

  1. Develop and maintain a strong program of research.  
  2.  Teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes, including supervision of graduate level practicum courses in our in-house training clinic and at school-based practicum sites. Applicants are expected to seek licensure in the state of Mississippi.  
  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 APA-accredited program in school, psychology (by August 2023) and completion of an APA-accredited predoctoral internship. 
License eligible in the state of Mississippi. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Research and applied skills consistent with a behavioral approach to School Psychology. 

Preferred Qualifications  
Demonstrated record of, or potential for, conducting research, obtaining extramural funding, and high-quality teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.
Interest in serving in a leadership role within our School Psychology program (i.e., Training Director) at the advanced Assistant or Associate level.

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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