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Assistant Professor
Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia
Date Posted 01/05/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Psychology
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities’ rich and diverse heritages. VSU is proud to have a highly diverse student body and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Job Summary

The Department of Human Services in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position beginning August 1, 2021. To carry out our comprehensive mission, we seek applicants with the desire and ability to successfully engage students as they launch and progress through their intellectual journey. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching seated, hybrid, and online courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, maintaining scholarly productivity, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

The Department of Human Services provides service to their home department and several other departments in the College of Education and Human Services at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has an established Center for Gifted Studies that offers a fully online program leading to the Gifted and Talented In-Field Endorsement from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) for students. Other programs in the Department of Human Services includes, Counselor Education, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The Dewar College of Education and Human Services prepares professionals for multiple roles in 21 st century educational, business, and community settings. The College is home to five departments (Leadership, Technology, and Workforce Development, Teacher Education, Human Services, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Library and Information Studies). The Dewar College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), is an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) award-winning institution and is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). In addition, several of the college programs are accredited or nationally recognized by their specialized professional organizations.

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Kelley, Department Head, by email hkelley@valdosta.edu or phone 229-219-3550.


The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to Human Services, Educational Psychology, and in the Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Courses include a variety of basic and advanced Human Services and Educational Psychology topics. Methods of instruction include seated, hybrid, and online formats. Candidates are expected to engage in innovating teaching practices; mentor and advise students of diverse cultures and backgrounds; collaborate in curriculum and instructional development and implementation; recruitment; conduct a research agenda that consist of publications, presentations, and grant writing; service to the Department, College, University, and community to carry out the mission of a Comprehensive Regional University.

Typical Allocation of Duties:

Teaching and scholarship - 80%
Teaches classes and conducts/presents research in the employee's academic discipline.

Service - 20%
Participates in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Educational Psychology or a closely related field by appointment date;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A background or expertise in one or more of the following human service related areas: K-12 or adult teaching experience, school counseling, clinical mental health, human growth and development;
  • A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds.

Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Position May Require Credit Check (if using P-Card, working with Cash, etc.).

Position Requires completion of VSU's Annual Compliance Training course (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace, Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG Ethics Policy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, Leave Procedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101. Supervisory positions require training in FMLA and Worker's Compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Other Information

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  • View social media outlets
  • Check references at any point during the search process
  • Shut down a posting without additional notification.

Background Check

  • Standard
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