Company Name:

Central College


Pella, Iowa

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Assistant Professor

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

August 19, 2019

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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Central College’s department of Psychology is seeking applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2020. The desired area of specialization is counseling or clinical psychology. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in psychology or a highly related field (ABD considered) and be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education and collaborative undergraduate research within a liberal arts setting.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for teaching some combination of courses in their area(s) of expertise (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, Principles of Counseling, Tests and Assessment, Substance Abuse and Addiction) and the candidate will also be expected to contribute to teaching responsibilities shared by the entire department, specifically teaching one or more courses within our program’s research sequence (General Psychology, Introductory and Advanced Research Methods, Statistics) and supervising undergraduate capstone research projects, a graduation requirement for all psychology majors at Central College. Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to the advising and mentoring of students, program assessment, supervision of internships and service-learning, and engaging in scholarship and service that contributes to the institution and profession. While undergraduate teaching is the highest priority, all faculty at Central are also supported to pursue scholarly activities in publishing, research, and professional endeavors.

Central’s DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY is comprised of four collegial and dynamic tenure-line faculty who are committed to liberal arts education and undergraduate research. The psychology major consists of topical elective classes within psychology’s various sub-disciplines (e.g., social, developmental, biological, mental health) and a core sequence of classes focused on foundational research skills (e.g., general psychology, research methods, statistics, research practicum). Within this research sequence, each psychology major at Central completes both a group research project and an individual capstone research project, both of which are presented by students annually at regional and national psychology conferences. As such, our psychology graduates are well prepared for graduate study and B.A.-level employment in a variety of areas. About one-third of Central’s psychology graduates continue into graduate school immediately while an additional third follow into graduate school after a period of work experience.

ABOUT CENTRAL COLLEGE: Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply for this position please visit Review of applications will begin 20 September. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position and the College

2. an updated curriculum vita

3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

4. a statement of teaching philosophy

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications sent electronically to or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

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