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Director - School of Psychology

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Director - School of Psychology.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Psychology
Position Type Administrative Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin December 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Elaine Molaison to inquire about the position ( A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) a 2-3 page leadership statement describing your approach to leadership and summarizing how your leadership experiences have prepared you for this position, and 5) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire). Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here: 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 University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Director of the School of Psychology. The School Director position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment beginning July 1, 2019. The School of Psychology is home to a thriving undergraduate program (BA/BS Psychology; approximately 500 students) offered on two campuses (Hattiesburg & Gulf Park), and is one of the few schools in the country offering APA
accredited doctoral programs in School, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, a generalist Brain and Behavior doctoral program and an MPCAC accredited MS program in Counseling Psychology (Hattiesburg campus; 100 full time graduate students). We are seeking applicants who demonstrate strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills and who will foster innovation and growth in the School of Psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
USM is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity and, as such, the Director is expected to promote research productivity and foster an environment conducive to impactful, externally funded research among faculty and students.

Broad responsibilities for the School Director include planning, development, and administration of the School's academic units while advocating on their behalf to both internal and external stakeholders. As leader of one of the larger units in the College of Education and Human Sciences, the effective Director must be an engaged participant in both the College and the University administrative teams.

  1. Provide leadership for School programs and ensure that curricula, instruction, assessment, research, and outreach are innovative, of the highest quality, and aligned with accreditation
    guidelines and College and University strategic plans. 
  2. Oversee School administration, including staffing courses, managing the budget, overseeing staff, engaging with fundraising efforts, and ensuring efficient/effective day-to-day
    operations of the School.
  3. Articulate and pursue a vision of growth for the School, developed collaboratively with faculty and consistent with College and University goals, that fosters success for all stakeholders across all programs and across all domains.
  4. Provide leadership and effective representation and advocacy for the School at the College and University levels, including establishment and implementation of School, College, and University policies, procedures, and guidelines Facilitate faculty development and collaborative engagement in meaningful evaluation of faculty.
  5. Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in discipline.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
  1. Qualified candidates will have earned a degree in one of the graduate degree programs
    represented in the School.
  2. Possess research and external funding experience.
  3. Meet expectations for tenure and promotion to Full Professor at or within two years of hiring.
  4. Professional experiences demonstrating leadership and management abilities in
    higher education.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Business Strategy & Acumen:  Understands higher education and can use industry/professional terminology fluently.  Thinks strategically and seeks to align department services and goals with institutional strategic goals.  Asks critical questions to delve to root cause to identify
solutions.  Understands the interconnection of decisions, actions, outcomes and measures.

Leadership: Demonstrates an openness and flexibility towards new ideas and concepts and
effectively influences or facilitates during times of change.  Helps others become more effective through development and coaching.  Utilizes candid feedback, knowledge, resources and opportunities to improve the performance of others and to increase their contributions.  Sets clear expectations for performance, provides meaningful feedback, holds employees
accountable and recognizes successes.

Communication: Demonstrates the ability to deliver accurate, concise and quality communication
(verbal and written) in a timely manner.  Encourages an open exchange of ideas and differing perspectives.  Adapts communication style to meet the needs of diverse audiences and situations.  Listens to understand others.  Provides quality feedback.

Preferred Qualifications     
  1. Demonstrate experience with accreditation of professional programs.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to both applied and general graduate and undergraduate training programs.


About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

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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