Chairperson of the Department of Psychological Science

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Job posting number: #7081842 (Ref:BSU26056)

Posted: August 5, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Provide administrative and faculty leadership for the department and its reporting units, teach courses in general and expertise-specific areas of the discipline as negotiated with the Dean, conduct research and publish in areas of specialization; provide an example of engagement through academic, professional, and public service.

The Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University is comprised of twenty-three full-time faculty with teaching and research expertise spanning across social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology, and neuroscience. Our department includes two Master’s programs in Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science, a large undergraduate major (approximately 700 students), a psychology minor, and interdisciplinary concentrations in criminal justice, data analytics, and neuroscience. The department’s mission aligns with the university’s focus on high impact experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students, and we provide strong generalist training in psychology as a science. The faculty are productive scholars, particularly in the areas of neuroscientific foundations of cognitive, developmental, and social processes, social attitudes and communication, prejudice and discrimination, externalizing psychopathology, and psychological assessment.  Faculty collaborate with many other academic departments across the university and with community partners. In line with the university's focus on community engagement, faculty are also active participants in university, community, and professional service. To learn more about the department, please visit www.bsu.edu/psysc

Job Function:

Provide administrative and faculty leadership for the department and its reporting units, teach courses in general and expertise-specific areas of the discipline as negotiated with the Dean, conduct research and publish in areas of specialization; provide an example of engagement through academic, professional, and public service.

Minimum Education:

Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field from an accredited instituiton. 

Minimum Experience:

Five years of teaching experience in a psychology program or closely related field; demonstrated record of scholarship and publication in any area of psychology or closely related field; and have earned tenure. 

Preferred Experience:

We are seeking applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following qualifications: administrative experience in an academic setting; leadership and interpersonal skills; commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; record of scholarship and publication in any area of psychology or closely related field adequate for an appointment as a tenured associate or full professor; teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level in a psychology program or a closely related field; record of application for external funding in psychology or a closely related field; and record of service at university, community, or professional levels.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively represent the department and its faculty to the college and university.
  • Plan strategically with the members of the department for the department’s future development.
  • Continually assess progress toward department goals.
  • Manage department budget.
  • Plan and allocate department resources.
  • Plan curricula with faculty.
  • Assign teaching loads.
  • Ensure adequate student advising.
  • Address student concerns.
  • Manage departmental office and personnel.
  • Provide leadership and support to the faculty in their teaching.
  • Conduct research and participate in service endeavors.
  • Willingly engage external constituents (e.g., alumni, friends, etc.) in support of the mission of the department, the college and the university.
  • Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.
  • Supervise research projects of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.


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Job posting number:#7081842 (Ref:BSU26056)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Ball State University
Muncie,Indiana
United States
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