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Professor and Psychology Department Chair

Executive / Director / Management, Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific


Professor and Psychology Department Chair

  • 522650
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Psychology
  • Executive / Director / Management
  • Instructional / Teaching Faculty
  • Research / Scientific
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position. The Department of Psychology combines an international reputation for excellence in research with a substantial teaching mission. It is one of 10 academic units in the College of Science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, School of Neuroscience, and Academy of Integrated Science).

The Department currently includes 25 tenure/tenure track faculty members, 1 collegiate faculty member, 1 clinical faculty member, 2 instructional faculty, 4 part-time instructors, 8 support staff, as well as more than 60 graduate students and 900 undergraduate majors. We have 4 graduate training areas: Developmental, Clinical, Industrial/Organizational, and Biological. Researchers in the department share a common interest in understanding psychological processes involved in human behavior, including mental and physical health, and engagement with family, work, and the community. Our faculty’s specific interests, research methods, and expertise are diverse and include both behavioral and neuroscience approaches with experimental, survey, and big data methodologies ranging from emphases on basic psychological processes to implications for developmental, organizational, and clinical issues.

The Department Chair provides leadership in the management and administration of the department, with oversight in areas of faculty and staff recruiting, retention and promotion; diversity and inclusion; curriculum development; budgeting and reporting; facilities maintenance and improvement; gifts and endowments; and support of external research funding. The Department Chair advocates for the research, teaching and service missions of the department at the local, national, and international levels, and focuses on achieving strategic goals within the department, college, and university.

The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Science, and maintains liaisons with other leadership within the college, the university, state and federal agencies, and relevant professional associations. For more information on the Department of Psychology see the Department’s website, https://psyc.vt.edu.

Required Qualifications

Potential candidates must have a Ph.D. in psychology or a closely related field, demonstrated administrative and programmatic leadership experience, and a broad understanding of psychology.

Candidates should have an exceptional record of accomplishment, including demonstrated strength in research as evidenced by outstanding publications and sustained extramural funding, and in teaching and professional service, qualifying them for appointment at the rank of Professor in the Department of Psychology.

The position requires a leader with vision, an open and inclusive management style, a strong interest in alumni relations and philanthropy, and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the university.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Monday, December 5, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Michelle Wooddell at mwooddel@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


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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