Assistant Professor of Psychology

St. George, Utah, United States

Job description

The Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in Health Psychology to begin July 1, 2018.

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory psychology courses (General Psychology and/or Lifespan Development), Health Psychology, and other Social Psychology courses related to the successful candidate’s specialty. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one or more core courses within the Psychology program, including APA Writing, Research Methods, Statistical Methods, History of Psychology, and/or Senior Capstone in Psychology.

Additional information about the Social & Behavioral Sciences department, its faculty, and programs can be found online at

— Teach 24 credit hours per academic year within the Psychology program, usually assigned as 12 credit hours per academic fall and spring semesters. Teaching responsibilities include introductory psychology courses, Health Psychology, and other Social Psychology courses related to the candidate’s specialty.
— Work with the department chair and academic colleagues to develop and/or teach upper-division or core topics courses such as Senior Capstone, Research Methods, etc.
— Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives
— Serve as an advisor/mentor to students
— Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community
— Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university’s mission, including:
—- Conducting student assessment
—- Mentoring adjuncts
—- Performing service for the college and university
— Fulfill faculty responsibilities including participating in department events and committee meetings, holding regular office hours, and advising students

— Doctorate degree in Health Psychology (or closely related field) from an accredited college or University required
— A background in Social Psychology beyond Health Psychology, relating to diversity or other scholarly topics not currently represented in the Psychology program, preferred
— College level teaching experience in psychology required with a demonstrated ability to successfully teach courses (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration); a commitment to, and evidence of, excellence in undergraduate teaching. Preference will be given to candidates able and willing to teach Research Methods.
— A background that complements existing faculty specialties
— Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies
— Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing
— An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students
— The ability to engage undergraduates in scholarship, especially in ways that benefit the institution and surrounding community
— An interest in expanding the use of instructional technology in faculty responsibilities

Supplemental Information
Contract: Full-time (9 month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2018; salary and benefits begin July 1, 2018. Annual salary of $51,000+, depending on qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included.

About the University: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active life” and we seek faculty committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. The University’s Strategic Plan calls for significant expansion into new degree programs and an increase of student enrollment to 12,500 students over the next four years.

DSU seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

How to apply

Application review begins October 16, 2017; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), unofficial transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) about their teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population. Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

When students arrive at Dixie State University campus in St. George, Utah, they can enjoy an inviting landscape with fountains and statues, athletic fields, two gymnasiums, and many well equipped classroom buildings, computer laboratories, two theaters, an art gallery, two concert halls, dormitories and a student center with a food court, a book store and a dance hall. A fine library is at the center of campus, with a park on each side. There are two other parks, the Encampment Mall and the O. C. Tanner Fountain Plaza. It is a walking campus with parking for cars on the perimeter. Above all, there are professors, about 175 of them plus adjunct teachers, and vibrant students—about 10,000. Together they are engaged in the excitement of learning.