Company Name:

Eastern Michigan University


Ypsilanti, Michigan

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:


Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:


Date Posted:

October 10, 2019

Psychology Department Head

The Psychology Department at Eastern Michigan University invites applications for the administrative position of Department Head, projected to start July 1, 2020. The Psychology Department is large and vibrant, comprised of 27 tenure track faculty, several lecturers, adjuncts and staff, about 100 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate majors. In 2011, EMU completed our state-of-the-art science complex that includes the Psychology Department. The science complex includes a vivarium that serves the campus animal research needs, as well as specialized laboratories that support our multidisciplinary undergraduate neuroscience program. Opportunities exist for faculty to collaborate with partners at nearby major research universities and hospitals. Considered a leader on campus, Psychology offers an undergraduate major, three terminal M.S. programs (General Clinical; Clinical Behavioral: Experimental), and the institution's first Ph.D. program. The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program began in 2001, received full APA accreditation in 2005, and it now supports over 40 doctoral students. The program was re-accredited for 10 years in 2017, and it operates a psychology training clinic that serves the local community; construction is underway to move the training clinic to a new health center on campus in early 2020. The Department collaborates with EMU's multidisciplinary autism training center and is part of a new interdisciplinary neuroscience program that launched in fall 2016. At the undergraduate level, we also offer a minor in human sexuality and a concentration that provides students with courses and practicum experiences to be eligible for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential; at the graduate level, programming can prepare students for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:  Duties include: aligning departmental goals with college and university goals; leadership in the development of new initiatives and programs and revision of existing ones; evaluation of faculty performance for tenure, promotion and supplemental salary adjustments; planning/scheduling departmental course offerings; recruiting/interviewing prospective faculty; advising/assisting the Dean in program and policy development; administering/managing department resources; participating in local, national, professional, and governmental associations and agencies to continue personal academic development and promote the University. Teaching one course or equivalent per semester is expected.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related discipline, minimum of 5 years of university-level teaching, and credentials appropriate to appointment as Full Professor. We seek an individual with demonstrated administrative and leadership skills commensurate with the demands of working in a public institution embedded in a collective bargaining environment.  Leadership experience in a department that has included both graduate and undergraduate programs is preferred. Leadership expectations include administering and directing the developmental, personnel, financial and operational activities of the department in collaboration with faculty. Leadership in grant and research development, fundraising and alumni relations, fostering professional growth, and representing the Department to external constituencies are desirable. Expertise in research is desirable for leadership purposes, but the applicant is not expected to focus heavily on their own program of research.

Supplemental Information:   Materials should include a letter of application, a statement of leadership philosophy (may be included in the application letter), a Curriculum Vitae, and the names of three references. Letters of reference should be available upon request.

Application review will begin November 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For more information or questions, you may contact the Search Chair, Dr. Karen Saules (

Eastern Michigan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Eastern Michigan University is in Ypsilanti, conveniently located between Detroit and Ann Arbor, offering rich cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. EMU was founded in 1849 and is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 21,000 students. The EMU campus is located in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor community, six miles from downtown Ann Arbor and 35 miles west of Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario. EMU is regularly recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its diversity, and as "A Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review's The Best Midwestern Colleges: 150 Great Schools to Consider. We encourage women and members of minority groups to consider this opportunity.


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