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Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Psychology
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for two tenure-track assistant professors. We seek candidates who will increase the department's commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through their research, teaching, mentoring and/or lived experience. The search is open to candidates in any area of psychology, although applicants are encouraged to think about how they would fit into one of our four existing graduate training areas (Developmental Science, Industrial and Organizational, Biological, Clinical Science). Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. by the Fall 2022 start date, a demonstrated commitment to research, teaching and mentoring, and/or service and engagement.

The Department of Psychology includes a group of scholars who work to increase understanding of psychological processes involved in human behavior. This research includes identifying typical and disordered processes that contribute to mental and physical health across the lifespan, as well as the psychological and social processes that influence people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they engage with family, work, and their community. While faculty members in Psychology share a common interest in psychological processes, our specific interests, research methods, and expertise are diverse and include both behavioral and neuroscience approaches with experimental, survey, and big data methodologies. Some researchers are committed to increasing understanding of basic psychological processes, while others emphasize implications for developmental, organizational, and clinical issues. We are all committed to building a diverse and inclusive department.

Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted online at (Job Number 517603)

1) A full curriculum vitae

2) A statement describing experience and interests in promoting inclusion and equity through teaching, mentoring, and/or research

3) A statement of research accomplishments and future directions

4) A statement of teaching experience and approach

5) Three samples of scholarly writing (published, in press, under review, or in progress). We recommend candidates submit the research they are most proud of, regardless of journal ranking or impact factor.

6) The names and contact information of three academic references (letters are not required initially)

Review of applications will begin October 30, 2021, with applications considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position can be directed to Martha Ann Bell (, chair of the search committee.

The Psychology Department offers a supportive environment, including a mentoring program to its junior faculty. Virginia Tech is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The College of Science is also committed to the professional development of junior faculty through various university initiatives (e.g., the College of Science Faculty Academy, Faculty Writing Group Grants, Faculty Mentoring Grants). Virginia Tech is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a doctorate in Psychology or related discipline by the time of appointment. Ability to establish an independent research program and contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who can contribute to an overarching department initiative to enhance diversity and our understanding of diversity are particularly encouraged to apply.

Appointment Type


Review Date

October 30, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Michelle Wooddell at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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