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Department Head of Psychological Sciences

Apply now Department: 3670020240 Psychological Sciences
Job no: 513928
Employment type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Executive / Director / Management
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to be the Department Head of Psychological Sciences. The Department Head will lead a dynamic and high-performing unit and will provide strong leadership in the implementation of a strategic vision that will position the department as a leader in the College of Arts and Sciences, the university and the discipline of psychology. This includes further developing the external funding base of the department, fostering excellence in teaching, research, and other professional activities, and further advancing diversity in all aspects of departmental activities. Other desirable qualifications include excellent interpersonal skills, administrative and leadership experience, and a track record of securing extramural funding.  Although primary responsibility for this position is administrative, the successful candidate may be encouraged to engage in teaching/advising and maintain a research program appropriate in the department.

The Department Head serves as chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The Head, with the aid of appropriate departmental committees, is responsible for recommendations for appointments, promotions, contract renewals, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals. The Head also manages the departmental budget and teaching assignments, and is the direct liaison between the department and the university administration.

The successful candidate should have credentials for appointment at the advanced associate or full professor rank, including a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, a history of high-quality teaching, and a national/international reputation for scholarship and leadership in any of the substantive sub-fields in psychology.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Psychological Sciences, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, has 16 full-time faculty members who are both active researchers and serve more than 500 undergraduate majors and minors, many of whom are involved in research. The Department has an extensive Ph.D. program with four major areas: Animal Learning/Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive/Human Factors, Industrial/Organizational, and Social/Personality. In addition, the department has a predominantly distance Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP) program that is intended as a terminal degree. The department also houses an NIH funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (https://www.k-state.edu/cnap/). Additional details about the department are available at: http://www.k-state.edu/psych.

Kansas State University is a Land Grant University, designated as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Intensive Institution, and has been ranked among the top state and private institutions of higher education in numbers of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986. K-State is located in Manhattan, a progressive university community with a metropolitan area population of over 125,000, which is located in the scenic Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas (see www.manhattan.org). The community offers a friendly and safe environment. It also features excellent housing, outstanding schools, excellent parks and recreation facilities, a wide variety of shopping and dining establishments, and short commute times.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits 

Anticipated hiring salary range is commensurate with experience.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

The Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world. For details on the departments commitments to DEIB please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/psych/Diversity.html

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Psychology, with credentials for appointment at the advanced associate or full professor rank
  • A history of high-quality teaching
  • A national/international reputation for scholarship and leadership in any of the substantive sub-fields in psychology
  • Ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong track record of securing extramural funding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Prior administrative or leadership experience

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of interest describing their interests, qualifications, and administrative experience
  2. A statement of philosophy as head and educator
  3. A statement of research interests
  4. A statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  5. Current curriculum vitae
  6. Names and contact information for up to five professional references.

Review of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Don L. Kurtz,  Kansas State University at dlk3535@ksu.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world. For details on the departments commitments to DEIB please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/psych/Diversity.html

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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