Company Name:

Valdosta State University


Valdosta, Georgia

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Chair of Department

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

October 7, 2019

Department Head

Valdosta State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks qualified applicants for a fiscal (12-month) administrative faculty position in the Department of Psychology to serve as the department head. Position is tenure-earning. Rank will be at either associate or full, depending upon credentials and qualifications. All Valdosta State University faculty share the responsibility of teaching courses at multiple levels as needed in their respective disciplines. To carry out our comprehensive mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to successfully engage students as they launch or continue their intellectual journey.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the department head is responsible for the overall day-to-day functions of the Psychology Department and serves as its primary spokesperson and advocate. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Hiring, managing and evaluating faculty and staff members in the department;
• Conducting regular departmental meetings;
• Fostering a positive department environment that supports excellent teaching, scholarship and service;
• Establishing a collaborative department vision and agenda that is aligned with the university’s and academic affair’s strategic plans;
• Scheduling classes and sections for each faculty member in each academic semester;
• Supporting students through mentoring, overseeing internships and providing curricular overrides, where appropriate;
• Teaching necessary courses throughout the academic year;
• Participating in research and scholarly activities;
• Attending required conferences, including those associated with academic presentations;
• Supporting department experiential learning activities, including undergraduate research;
• Facilitating departmental curriculum reviews to maintain program viability and alignment with accreditation requirements;
• Participating in College Executive Committee meetings;
• Attending monthly Council of Department Heads meetings;
• Serving as Budget Manager for the department.

Required qualifications include:

• Ph.D. in psychology
• Demonstrated leadership abilities in managing personnel, budgets, and administrative duties;
• Meets qualifications for tenure and appointment at associate or full professor;
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion;
• Strong leadership skills.

Preferred qualifications include:

• Experience implementing high-impact and experiential learning practices;
• Administrative experience;
• Ability to interact effectively with community members and alumni.

With over 600 majors enrolled in the B.A and B.S. degree programs, psychology represents one of the largest undergraduate majors at VSU. All faculty offices and labs are in Converse Hall. The department is one of seven in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers 23 undergraduate and graduate degrees and three minors. Visit the psychology department’s web site at

Valdosta State University is a comprehensive university with a student enrollment of approximately 11,500. The city of Valdosta is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75, is served by a regional airport, and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida. For more information visit and for more information about the community visit 

Online application is required and should be submitted by October 28, 2019. For more information contact Dr. Mark Smith at 229-245-6517 or Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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