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Assistant Professor of Psychology – Tenure Track

Randolph College, founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, is a small, private liberal arts institution with a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching located near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia. Randolph College was recognized as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions in the 2021 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges and was ranked 16th in the nation for “most accessible professors” by the Princeton Review. Randolph College is committed to fostering an inclusive campus community that welcomes diverse viewpoints and promotes freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. Our campus community is enriched through programs, activities, and interactions that celebrate our uniqueness as well as our commonalities. We actively promote anti-racism and a community of care. We are searching for a colleague informed by inclusive pedagogical practices to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student population.

Proposed Rank/Hiring Title:  Assistant Professor of Psychology – Tenure Track

Department:  Psychological Science

Job Summary:  The Department of Psychological Science offers a program with a long tradition of research-based psychological inquiry emphasizing research design, interpretation of data, and practical application. Faculty in the department maintain active research programs. Our facilities include a small vivarium as well as newly renovated virtual reality and children’s lab spaces. We offer a major and minor in psychology and a new interdisciplinary minor in cognitive science. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses that maintain and enhance the psychology curriculum. Teaching load is 3 courses per semester in our innovative Take2 curricular model where courses are offered in two 7-week sessions each semester. Courses in the regular teaching rotation include introduction to psychology, biological bases of behavior, learning, research methods, and upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. The department is open to candidates with a background in counseling or clinical psychology, though such a background is not required. We seek a colleague with a strong commitment to teaching excellence and the potential to develop a productive research program that involves undergraduate students. A Ph.D. in psychology and teaching experience at the undergraduate level is required. Service to the institution, including undergraduate academic advising and committee work, is also expected.

Essential Functions:

  • Typical teaching load is three courses per semester.
  • Work closely with other instructors and special programs and services within the college to determine placements, curriculum, and academic support.
  • Participate in course development, assessment, accreditation, and planning activities.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and recruitment activities; serve on college-wide committees.
  • Serve as an academic adviser for psychology majors.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the college mission.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in psychology (area of specialization is open) completed by August 2022.
  • Evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.
  • Evidence of active research and scholarship.
  • Ability to teach required courses in our major program.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented.
  • Demonstrated experience creating inclusive classrooms, and with social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion with respect to race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or other identities in an academic setting.

Open Date:  2021-11-1

Close Date:

Open Until Filled:  Yes

Application Review Begins on  January 10, 2022.  Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be contacted by email.

Hiring Salary:  $55,000-$64,260

Physical Demands: Normal classroom and laboratory physical demands.

Working Conditions: Classroom and laboratory teaching environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  To apply, please send the following materials in a single pdf document to Additionally, please have three letters of recommendation sent to the same address.

  1. A cover letter addressing all position responsibilities and qualifications;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and describes experience creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment;
  4. A statement of research interests and accomplishments;
  5. An unofficial graduate transcript (official transcript required for employment)

EEO Statement:  Randolph College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.


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