Non-TT Assistant Professor of Psychology Spring 2020 or Fall 2020, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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Truman State University


Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position in Psychology to begin January 2020 or August ­­­2020. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who aspire to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission. The successful applicant has the possibility of renewable appointment depending on performance, department needs, and funding.


Responsibilities:  Provide classroom instruction in undergraduate Developmental courses, as well as courses in the core (General Psychology, Experimental Psychology) and specialty area; fulfill additional faculty duties including advising and developing an active research program involving undergraduates; collaborate in the ongoing assessment of the program; contribute to inclusive excellence both in the department and across campus; participate in departmental activities including student recruitment; and perform other regular service to the University and community.


Required Qualifications:  Requires a Ph.D. in psychology; ABD will be considered with Ph.D. completion scheduled by December 2020. 


Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • academic qualifications;
  • teaching background, particularly in developmental psychology, general psychology, experimental psychology, and in high demand areas related to their specialty,
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, including potential for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates,
  • demonstrated ability to develop an active research program involving undergraduates, including previous experience mentoring undergraduate research students and/or willingness to mentor undergraduate research,
  • compatibility of empirical research and teaching experiences with department needs,
  • evidence of commitment to liberal arts education, including but not limited to interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, experience supporting diversity and inclusion, and
  • strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


Compensation and Rank:  Salary for this position is $45,500; benefits package includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.


Program: The Department of Psychology, a unit of the School of Social and Cultural Sciences, has 11 full-time faculty members and approximately 375 students in the major. For more information about the program, please visit


The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at


Application:  The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process.  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and candidate’s documents may be uploaded at  Application materials may also be e-mailed to:  with “Asst. Professor of Psychology Search” in the subject line, or mailed to Asst. Professor of Psychology Search, Social and Cultural Studies, Truman State University, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Complete applications must include: 

  • a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • current curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and goals, as well as commitment to inclusive excellence, to the liberal arts and sciences, and to student development,
  • copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  • names and contact information for three references;  letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates prior to interviews.


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. 


Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Rob Tigner ( ), Chair, Department of Psychology.


Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed

to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.



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