Assistant Professor, Developmental (Gerontology Focus), Berry College

  • 11 Nov 2019 9:58 PM
    Message # 8102612

    ABOUT BERRY COLLEGE: Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty,Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others. We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive. JOB DESCRIPTION: The Department of Psychology at Berry College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology with a specialty in late-adulthood or gerontology. The successful applicant should have a program of research that can excite and involve undergraduate students. In addition to a commitment to excellence in teaching, service, and publishable scholarship, the faculty member should possess a strong interest in mentoring students in a residential college environment. Start-up funds are available, along with competitive internal research support and assistance in seeking external funding. Primary teaching responsibilities include Adulthood and Aging, Lifespan Development, Research Seminar, Introduction to Psychology, and other courses in candidate's specialty area. Additional teaching responsibilities may include other courses in the program and the potential to develop courses within Berry's Foundations Curriculum. The Psychology Department consists of eight full-time faculty and is consistently ranked as the second largest major (35-45 graduates per year). The faculty member may contribute to other select majors by developing coursework to complement their existing requirements; developing new internship or other field placements; planning on-campus programming or scholarly lectures; and holding cultural events that focus on national initiatives that target adults over the age of 55. There is also an opportunity to work closely with the Spires at Berry College, an integrated retirement community in which residents will enjoy the many educational, artistic, aesthetic, and recreational opportunities available on campus. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Applicants should have a completed Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology or a related discipline by August 2020. Applicants who are ABD should include documentation that their degree requirements will be completed by August 2020. Candidates should have expertise in lifespan development with an emphasis on adulthood and aging. Additionally, the faculty member should possess the skills necessary to develop strategic partnerships with local agencies that serve individuals over the age of 55. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate will have teaching experience at the undergraduate level and able to contribute (as needed) to teaching the department's statistics and methods sequence and possibly its capstone course, "History and Systems of Psychology." Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds are essential. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 students located adjacent to Rome, Georgia, midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Berry's educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self. This commitment to an "education of the head, heart and hands" remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago. Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's level opportunities in business and teacher education. The College's stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Berry's ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of their research plans and how they will mentor undergraduates in a research program through Applications must include a separate statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the understanding of diversity at the College. Direct search-related questions can be sent to the search chair, Dr. Casey Dexter, at Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

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