Nov 20, 2019

Associate or Full Professor - Department Chair, Psychology

  • William Paterson Univeristy
  • William Paterson University, Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ, USA
Full time Subject Area Open

Job Description

William Paterson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position to lead the department as Chairperson at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the Department of Psychology, beginning September 1, 2020. 


The successful candidate in this position may be immediately tenure eligible.  Candidates will be informed of the conditions that need to be met to be eligible for tenure upon hire.


The position, which reports to the Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, includes teaching undergraduate and, based on their area(s) of expertise, graduate students. Research and service engagement is expected. The area of expertise is open.


The Department Chair advocates for the Department, oversees departmental budgets, institutes administrative policies, schedules courses, hires adjunct faculty, and ensures the smooth running of the Department. The Chair works directly with students and faculty, resolving their issues and concerns.


Department overview:

The Psychology Department, one of the largest departments at William Paterson University, offers BA, MA and PsyD degrees.  The department is composed of dynamic and engaged faculty. The department offers a diverse student body opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to a variety of real-world situations. Hands-on laboratory experiences give students an opportunity to design and conduct their own research.


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Duties and Responsibilities:


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Teaching courses within the candidate’s areas of interest and expertise
  • Scholarship: conceptualizing, developing, executing, and maintaining a research agenda designed to lead to scholarly publications and presentations
  • Service: actively participating in service opportunities within the department, college, university community; advising and mentoring students

Department Chair:

  • Leading the department in developing and implementing immediate and long-range departmental goals and objectives; coordinating curricula
  • Encouraging and assisting faculty to improve professionally; promoting inter-departmental cooperation
  • Assuring provisions regarding retention, tenure, and promotion are followed
  • Hiring and monitoring the evaluation of adjunct faculty
  • Convening department meetings
  • Performing other relevant duties

For a description of Department Chair responsibilities, please visit: Department Chairperson Responsibilities





Required qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Psychology
  • Demonstrated track record of recent (two to three years) academic leadership
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly productivity
  • Tenure eligible

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience as a department chairperson in higher education

Personal attributes and traits:

  • Demonstrate a desire and ability to facilitate the development of faculty, students and colleagues, and expand their talents.
  • Adept at objectively assessing and evaluating the abilities and performance of others.
  • Able to influence others to actively contribute to group goals.
  • Proven ability to fulfill professional duties in an ethical and moral way.
  • Committed to self-assessment, self-improvement, self-management, and self-direction.
  • Interest in understanding the impact of intersectional identities as this relates to management of and advocacy for diverse personnel and students.
  • Dedication to systems and processes by understanding and leveraging knowledge, language, authority structures and work within a given context to establish and honor norms, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Able to work collegially with all levels of administration while effectively advocating for Departmental needs and concerns.
  • Able to work collegially with faculty in the Department in a supportive manner while ensuring Administrative prerogatives are implemented.



About William Paterson University:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.  The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs the range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.


Interested candidates will be prompted to:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Provide names/contacts of three professional references

Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.


Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email should you have any general questions related to this search.


Required Documents:Cover Letter, Resume/CV


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