Company Name:

Wofford College


Spartanburg, South Carolina

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Assistant Professor

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

October 1, 2019

Assistant Professor of Psychology



The Department of Psychology at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology to begin fall 2020.

At Wofford College the Psychology Department is considered a part of the sciences and all majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. All coursework has an empirical focus and we strive to incorporate research within and outside of the classroom, including a required semester-long senior thesis course that allows faculty to conduct research scholarship within the teaching load. Our major attracts high quality students having maintained a high percentile rank (top 15%) on the Major Field Test in Psychology compared to other institutions over the last 12 years. As a department, we place high value on faculty-student relationships, as can be seen through our student-led “Psychology Kingdom” group that promotes academic, social and service events. Faculty enjoy a supportive and engaged work environment.


The Assistant Professor of Psychology will teach a mix of introductory-level and upper-level courses. The introductory course, “Introduction to Psychological Science” is taught as part of the general education program with a lab section. Introductory 200-level survey courses include Child & Adolescent Development and Abnormal Psychology. Upper-level courses include elective courses in candidate’s area of expertise. All psychology faculty teach a section of senior thesis with a team of students working within the professor’s research area. This allows some faculty research to be conducted as part of the teaching load.

Wofford’s faculty teach 3-1-3 load when they are teaching 3-credit courses; 2-1-2 load for 4-credit (lab) courses. The 1 indicates the January “Interim course” term in which professors may travel with students or teach on a variety of topics using experiential teaching methods. Wofford provides opportunity for a sabbatical (semester plus Interim) after every 6 years of service.

Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars with a high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching and advising, community outreach, and a commitment to the liberal arts. To earn tenure, faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, continued scholarly development, and service to the college.


A PhD in Psychology in developmental or clinical (or closely related) psychology is required. Preference will be provided for candidates having teaching experiences at the collegiate level. Graduate coursework on teaching and/or additional pedagogical training through workshops or certificates are also valuable.


For assured consideration, please submit: 1) CV, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) samples of published scholarly work, and 4) statements of teaching philosophy (which should include an articulation of interest in, and understanding of, working at a residential, liberal arts college) and research interests to Paper applications will also be accepted and can be mailed to: Psychology Department Search, Wofford College, Psychology Department, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019.

Questions can be directed to the Chair of the department, Dr. Kara Bopp ( / (864) 597-4645).


Wofford College established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of 1,650 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community enjoys a diverse offering of extracurricular academic, cultural, and social events as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.


Spartanburg is located in the upstate of South Carolina, approximately 30 miles east from the neighboring city of Greenville, SC, less than an hour southwest from the major urban area of Charlotte, NC, and just three hours east of Atlanta, GA. The beach coast as well as historic Charleston is just 3 hours away, and Wofford sits just an hour south from the artistic and culinary hub of Asheville, NC, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Spartanburg area boasts an active international commercial community that comprises companies such as BMW, Draexlmaier, and Michelin. Spartanburg is a growing and diverse community that supports six college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Wofford College has operated continuously on its original campus in Spartanburg since 1854 and was designated a National Historic District in 1974. In November 2002, the entire 170-acre campus was designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum.


The college’s non-discrimination statement, as adopted by the Board of Trustees, is Wofford College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.

Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. We encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, including persons with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact .

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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