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Assistant Professor, School of Psychology: School Psychology

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

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 October 1 and continue until position is filled. Contact Dr. Emily DeFouw ( 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). 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 invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning August, 2024. 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), 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 from the community including assessment and treatment and allows for close supervision of school psychologists-in-training by program faculty. We hope to recruit applicants interested in proving clinical supervision of practicum students in our in-house training clinic and at school-based practicum sites, as well as mentoring 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 an 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 collaborate on research are available.  More information can be found at 

Primary Duties

  1. Develop and maintain a robust program of research.  
  2. Teach undergraduate and graduate classes, graduate level practicum courses involving the clinical supervision of students in our in-house training clinic and at school-based practicum sites. 
  3. Obtain licensure in the state of Mississippi (note that MS does not require postdoctoral hours).  
  4. Seek extramural funding.  
  5. Contribute to the mission of the university and profession through service activities.    
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
 Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program in School Psychology (by August 2024) and completion of an APA-accredited predoctoral internship. Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a psychologist 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.

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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