Mar 05, 2018

Department Chair/Associate or Full Professor

  • Sam Houston State University
  • Huntsville, TX, USA
Full time Department Chair

Job Description

Chair, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University:  Owing to retirement of the previous Chair, the Department of Psychology and Philosophy invites applications for the position of Chair beginning Fall 2018.

Sam Houston State University is a diverse regional comprehensive university that serves a large number of first generation students. The department is the largest in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences combining 11 full-time Philosophy faculty and 25 full-time Psychology faculty. There are 900 students pursuing the Psychology B.S., two psychology master’s programs (general and clinical), a specialist in school psychology degree, and an APA-accredited clinical doctoral program (with a forensic emphasis). The department houses the Psychological Services Center, which is staffed by pre-internship doctoral students working under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty. The Center provides court-ordered forensic evaluations for 22 Texas counties as well as mental health services to surrounding communities.

Responsibilities include degree program planning and implementation, advocacy for all members of the department, planning for programmatic growth (including the possible creation of a School of Psychology and/or partnerships with SHSU’s planned medical school), faculty recruitment and evaluation, budget and resource management, student advising and recruitment, teaching in one’s area of expertise, adhering to SACS and APA standards and coordinating assessment efforts, supporting faculty and student research, fostering excellence in teaching, research, and service among the faculty, and other duties requested or assigned by the administration.  Qualifications include a doctorate in psychology (area open), and a record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. Previous administrative experience is preferred.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Using this link, interested candidates should submit the following required documents: a) a letter of interest, b) a full curriculum vita, c) a statement setting out one’s leadership philosophy, d) a statement explaining one’s approach to fostering an inclusive environment among diverse faculty, students, and staff, e) transcripts for all post-secondary education, and f) three letters of reference. Applicants must also submit contact information for five references that the committee may contact, three of whom may be the reference letter writers. Questions or inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Donna Desforges, search committee co-chair, at or (936) 294-1178.

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.


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