Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 01 Sep 2021 3:14 PM
    Message # 10975023

    Assistant Professor Position

    Academic/Administrative Unit: College of Humanities and Sciences

    Department: Psychology

    Date Posted:

    Rank: Assistant Professor

    Hire Date: 8/16/2022

    Title: Faculty Member (Tenure Track)

    Position Number:

    Deadline: Sept. 30, 2021

    Type of Search: National

    Job Description

    The Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a beginning tenure-track position in the Behavioral Medicine concentration of our top 50-ranked and American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program. This nine-month position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. The expected appointment date is August 16, 2022.

    Virginia Commonwealth University strives to provide an inclusive environment for all its employees. For example, VCU has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, and has been recognized as a top college for diversity and diversity championship three years in a row, by the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, with a special distinction as a Diversity Champion.. The Department of Psychology, which will be the home for this position, is a diverse department with over 60 faculty members from varying backgrounds, many of whom take part in mentorship, as well as community-based research, initiatives, and engagement. The department also serves a large, and richly-diverse student body of over 1,700 undergraduate students and over 120 graduate students- with 31% first generation college students, 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, students from ethnically and racially diverse demographics, and students with many other intersecting identities and cultural backgrounds. The Psychology Department is also home to the Committee for the Promotion of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which serves to address department needs and concerns, as well as advocate for faculty, students, and staff.

    VCU is a public university located in Virginia's capital city, Richmond- a city that provides many opportunities for a meaningful work/life balance.

    Required and Preferred Qualifications

    The successful candidate will be required to have a Ph.D. from an APA- or CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology program and be licensed or license-eligible as a Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Demonstrated experience working in and with a diverse faculty, staff, client/patient, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.

    The successful candidate must also have an academic record likely to produce success in the Department of Psychology at a Carnegie Research-1 Institution. As a result, an established research agenda that is reflected in content area within Clinical Health Psychology, potential for accruing external funding and disseminating their work, potential for scholarship to complement and expand existing expertise in the Department, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in their research and teaching will be the primary criteria used to evaluate applicants. Current faculty have research programs that focus on primary care psychology, sleep across the lifespan, and substance use. A program of research with a focus on adults, as opposed to children, is required. Specific research focus within clinical health psychology is open. Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following: health disparities, pain, psycho-oncology, and cardiac psychology. The ideal candidate would work effectively with other disciplines and medical clinics on the VCU’s MCV campus and be willing to collaborate within the program and department, where a wide range of researchers are focused on health psychology topics. The ideal candidate will also have (1) evidence of an emerging active research program that includes a history of research grants or strong potential for future funding; (2) demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring; and (3) demonstrated commitment to human diversity and social justice, with the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion through community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, and activities. Teaching experience is highly desirable. Course assignments within the graduate and undergraduate curricula will vary based on the candidate’s interest and expertise and needs of the program. In addition to contributing to program and departmental priorities, the candidate's ability to contribute to college and university priorities will also be considered (See: and

    Application Process

    Applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, (b) current curriculum vita, (c) contact information for at least three references, (d) a research statement and a teaching statement (philosophy and interests) uploaded in a single PDF as “Other Document,” and (e) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (150-300 words suggested) for upload on the following website:

    As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. The statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion should include ideas for integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, diversity themes in curricula, and your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

    Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

    Applicants are encouraged to review the VCU Guidelines for Writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF].

    Please also note, references will automatically be sent recommendation letter requests and instructions as soon as an application is submitted.

    Application review will begin early September 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please apply by Sept 30, 2021.

    For Additional Information

    For more information on our department and the Clinical Psychology program, please visit our website at For direct questions, please contact the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Kevin Allison ( and Dr. Joseph Dzierzewski (

    Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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