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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 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sandra Nichols 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: 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.

Job Summary 
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Director of the School of Psychology. 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. 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. The School Director position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment beginning July 1, 2020.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
Broad responsibilities for the School Director include planning, development, and administration of the School’s academic areas: Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1.     Providing leadership for School undergraduate and graduate programs and ensuring 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.     Overseeing 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.     Articulating and pursuing 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.     Providing 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;

5.     Facilitating faculty development and collaborative engagement in meaningful evaluation of faculty;

6.     Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in discipline; and

7.     Performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
The minimum qualifications for this position include:

1.     An earned a degree in one of the graduate degree programs represented in the School;

2.     Research and external funding experience;

3.     Meeting expectations for tenure and promotion to Full Professor at, or within two years, of hiring; and

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.  Strong applicants should have experience with professional program accreditation.

2.  Demonstrate (test cut) a commitment to both applied and general graduate and undergraduate training programs.


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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