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Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Psychology (Cluster Hire), University of Mississippi

  • 22 Sep 2022 10:56 AM
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    Position Description

    The Department of Psychology and African American Studies Program seek applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant professor level to begin in August 2023. This joint appointment is open to any area of specialization.  Faculty hired in this position will teach graduate and undergraduate courses (including a to-be-developed cross-listed course in Black Psychology) and supervise graduate students.  The tenure-granting department will be Psychology, with teaching duties split between the two departments based on specific needs.     

    This tenure-track position is included in the University of Mississippi, College of Liberal Arts multi-year faculty cluster hire initiative.  This initiative is designed to expand our understanding of multicultural competence in a number of areas including, among others to be named in future years: successful, effective, and ethical leadership; inclusive pedagogy in STEM; and Black intellectual thought in the Humanities.  We seek scholars and scholarship with a focus on the experiences of African Americans and other underrepresented groups and attention to identities with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Our goal is to attract and support a diverse cohort of tenure-track scholars who will produce cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creative achievement around one of these broad themes in their fields of specialization.  For more information and the list of the other positions included in this cluster hire, please visit the College of Liberal Arts website at 
    We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are from traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We recognize that an inclusive environment facilitates job satisfaction, sharing of ideas, and impactful community engagement.  

    About Our Programs 
    The Psychology Department consists of 23 full-time faculty members and over 60 graduate students. Graduate programs include the APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral program in Experimental Psychology. The Clinical Psychology program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training, with a particular focus on evidence-based approaches. The Experimental Psychology training program focuses on cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. Faculty both within and across programs frequently collaborate on research. Our graduate psychology programs were joint recipients of the 2021 Donald R. Cole Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education. 
    The African American Studies Program boasts award winning faculty and develops and coordinates an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses mainly on the African American Experience in the United States, with particular emphasis on Mississippi and the South. Its objectives are to encourage all students and faculty to examine the African American experience, to facilitate a cultural and intellectual atmosphere on campus that promotes such studies, and to develop a program of research and community service. The African American Studies Program offers various student scholarships, including the Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship. 

    Position Details

    Appointment (9 Month)

    Assignment Type (Tenure Track)

    Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum Requirements 
    Applicants should have a record of research productivity and a plan for developing and maintaining a substantive research program that could attract external funding, as well as interest in recruiting and mentoring graduate students.  
    Applicants must have completed a PhD in psychology or a related area by the time of appointment. 
    The University and City of Oxford 
    Mississippi provides a rich environment for research opportunities focused on advancing awareness and treatment of mental health needs within minority and rural populations, and several surrounding underserved communities are designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. The university is located in Oxford, which has been consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the U.S. (In 2021, ESPN named Oxford the single best college town in America.)  
    Oxford, MS - Livability

    The University of Mississippi has been consistently recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university has an R-1 Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification and a student body of approximately 19,400 students, including 24% students of color and 4% international students from over 80 countries.   
    Application Procedures 
    All applications must be submitted online at  Applications should include a) a cover letter, b) curriculum vitae, c) the names and contact information for three references, d) up to three selected journal reprints or preprints, and e) three short statements (not to exceed two pages each), with one describing your program of research, one describing your teaching philosophy, and one describing your contributions and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
    Questions concerning online submission problems should be directed to the University Employment Office at or 662-915-1518. Questions about the positions may be directed to the search committee co-chairs Dr. Carrie Smith—Psychology ( - and/or Dr. Chuck Ross—African American Studies ( 
    Review of materials will begin September 15, 2022 and continue until an adequate applicant pool is reached.  (Review ongoing)
    EEO Statement 
    The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. 

    About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

    Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

    Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

    Background Check Statement

    The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

    EEO Statement

    The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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