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Assistant Professor - Developmental


Assistant Professor - Developmental

  • req3025
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Psychology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:
  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems

As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others-locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a term (non-tenure track) Faculty position. This nine-month position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. The expected appointment date is August 16, 2023.

Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have undergraduate teaching experience in the broad area of developmental psychology, especially including courses such as lifespan development, adolescent development, or adult development. Expertise in teaching research methodology or statistics is a secondary area of preference. In addition to the above-mentioned teaching activities, the faculty member will participate in service activities equivalent to about 15-20% of their time. There is no required research effort for the position.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will be required to have a Ph.D. in Developmental psychology (or a similar field). Demonstrated experience working in and with a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a successful record of teaching and working with diverse students, including underrepresented minority students and other underserved population.

Preferred Qualifications: N/A

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia
Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment
where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants should submit a (a) cover letter, (b) current curriculum vita, (c) contact information for at least three references, and (d) the following two documents uploaded as “Other document” in the portal: (1) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-3 page max.), and (2) a commitment to diversity statement (including integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, and diversity themes in curricula, 2-3 page max.). Applicants are encouraged to review the VCU Guidelines for Writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF]. Application is made at the following website: Talent@VCU Recruiting (link to site)

Virginia Commonwealth University strives to provide an inclusive environment for all its employees. For example, VCU has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The Department of Psychology, which will be the home for this position, is a diverse department with over 50 faculty members from diverse backgrounds, and serves a diverse student body of over 1,800 undergraduate students and over 120 graduate students. Many faculty also take part in community-based research, initiatives, and engagement. The Psychology Department is also home to the Committee for the Promotion of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which serves to address department needs and concerns, as well as advocate for faculty, students, and staff. Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university located in Virginia's capital city. Richmond provides many opportunities for a meaningful work/life balance.

Application review will begin in early January 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

For Additional Information
For more information on our department and the Developmental Psychology program, please visit our website at www.psychology.vcu.edu. For direct questions, please contact search committee chair.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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