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Chair, Department of Psychology

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Closing date
Oct 21, 2022

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Graduate School or University
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Senior Level

Arizona State University, a leading public research university that is rated first in the U.S. for innovation, seeks a dynamic, forward-looking chair for the Department of Psychology, with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Professor. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023. ASU is a dynamic, internationally-recognized institution dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, rethinking university education, and integrating excellence in research, teaching, and service. Guided by its mission of inclusivity, ASU serves more than 150,000 students on five campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the fastest growing urban centers in the nation, and globally through ASU Online.

The new chair of the Department of Psychology will lead a large, complex, and strong unit that is undergoing significant growth. The Department is home to 52 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 14 instructional faculty, 8 research faculty, and 24 core staff, along with research staff, postdocs and doctoral teaching and research assistants. They work to educate 3100 undergraduate majors in Psychology and Neuroscience and over 150 graduate students, delivering courses that fill 19,000 seats annually. Faculty are grouped into six areas: Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and Social Psychology. Community engagement is an important component of the Department’s mission with initiatives such as the Clinical Psychology Center, Child Study Lab, REACH Institute, and Psych for Life.

Reporting to the Dean of Natural Sciences within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the new Chair will be a respected leader who is passionate about creatively advancing access and excellence in both education and research; someone with the capacity to engage faculty across the breadth of areas within the department while sustaining a culture of collaboration within and beyond the school. The new chair will be an inclusive relationship builder who will lead the department and its energetic and engaged community of educator-scholars into the future by strategically identifying and fostering areas for additional growth, innovation, and partnership. The new chair will be dedicated to supporting ASU’s charter, the success of our diverse student population, and the health of ASU’s broader community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in psychology or a related field.
  • A record of distinguished scholarly research, teaching, service, and professional accomplishments that merits appointment at ASU as a full professor with tenure.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to lead with integrity, honesty, and transparency
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of effective communication/active listening skills
  • Experience envisioning and implementing strategic plans
  • Evidence of fundraising experience
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial approach, including commitment to establishing/nourishing partnerships within and outside ASU
  • Administrative leadership experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience managing people, undergraduate and graduate programs, and budgets
  • Outstanding research experience, including evidence of research funding, and scholarly achievement in one of the areas represented in the department
  • Demonstrated support for innovative teaching practices
  • Demonstrated success in supporting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience teaching diverse student populations
  • Experience recruiting, retaining, and supporting/protecting diverse faculty and staff

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Salary and start-up funding will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2022 if not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply for the Chair, Department of Psychology position, candidates are requested to submit i) a curriculum vitae, ii) a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile, iii) a statement that addresses how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance the Department of Psychology’s and ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and iv) contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date) to: by November 2, 2022 for best consideration.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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