Company Name:

Clemson University


Clemson, South Carolina

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Developmental Psychology

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Entry Level

Date Posted:

September 3, 2019

SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition

Clemson University: College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences: Psychology
SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition

Location: 418 Brackett Hall- Clemson University

The Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is seeking an accomplished scholar to serve as SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition, the first endowed chairmanship in the college. This individual will be a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University, but will be expected to embrace collaborative opportunities within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, as well as across the university. This high-level position will be supported by a South Carolina SmartState Chair Endowment and will be joining a collaborative network of other SmartState endowed chairs. In addition to serving as an endowed professor, the successful applicant will act as the Associate Director for the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging and will have dedicated laboratory space at the Oconee Memorial Hospital of Prisma Health, which will serve as her/his primary work location and allow the opportunity to engage with our clinical partners. For this role, the ideal candidate would be a Psychologist who has a research focus on cognitive issues relevant to elderly and aging populations. Some of the specific research domains may include (but are not limited to): learning/skill acquisition, memory, problem solving, decision making, transportation safety, accidents/falls, community/home care, retirement, and rural issues.


The Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition will be expected to possess a creative, entrepreneurial, and developmental mindset to fulfill the vision established by the College and Department for this newly established initiative and lead the development of an internationally recognized research and training program in this area. This leader will have responsibility for the recruitment of additional faculty and for mentoring, teaching and promoting graduate education. There are currently two additional SmartState endowed chairs at the University of South Carolina with different focus areas that will serve as a productive network for this new Endowed Chair.


The candidate should have a well-established program of research in one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or a related field of study. The candidate should possess a robust research program and a history of acquiring external funding (preferably from NIH). Lastly, it is vital that this individual has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and enthusiasm about collaborating with researchers from various disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this role would be a renowned research scientist with an emphasis on Aging and Cognition. A competitive applicant will also have experience in building, developing, or enhancing a research center or institute; be a creative research-oriented leader, an interdisciplinary collaborator, and a team builder.

As a faculty member at Clemson University, you can expect to be immersed in a community of scholars who are committed to fostering diversity and inclusive excellence. We value individuals whose background or interests align with this commitment. Candidates are welcome to include a brief statement in this regard in their application.

Clemson is an R1 Carnegie Institution that has ranked among the top 25 national public universities in the country by the US News and World Report for the past 11 years. The campus is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is composed of the departments of Communication, Parks Recreation Tourism Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Science, Sociology Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and the School of Nursing, along with 9 centers and institutes

( The Department of Psychology is located within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and is a research-oriented department with 31 full time faculty, 800 undergraduate majors, and 40 graduate students

( The department currently offers doctoral programs in Human Factors Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, as well as a master's program in Applied Psychology. We are seeking an individual to join the Clemson family who is dedicated to moving the College, Department and University forward.


All application materials should be submitted via Interfolio. The review of applications will begin on October 15. Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter including a vision for building an interdisciplinary research institute.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to:

Cheryl Dye Director, CU Institute for Engaged Aging Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health Sciences 864-656-4442, fax: 864-656-6227

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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