Faculty Position Available in the Psychology Department

Davidson College invites applications for:

Tenure Track Position in Developmental Psychology

The Davidson College Psychology Department invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in developmental psychology, beginning July 1, 2020.  We seek a psychological scientist who will teach introductory and advanced courses in developmental psychology and involve undergraduates in research. This person will contribute to our psychology curriculum with courses such as general psychology, a topical survey course (e.g., child development, adolescent development, educational psychology), a research-methodology course, and an advanced seminar in a research specialty area (e.g., literacy, gender development).  

The regular teaching load is 5 courses over 2 semesters, with 4 courses in the first year.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program capable of attracting external funding and producing peer-reviewed publications with undergraduate co-authors.  

Preference will be given to candidates who have a publication record addressing developmental psychology, teaching developmental psychology, or similar experiences.  We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in their professional work. Strongest consideration will be given to candidates who can interface with other departments and programs on campus, such as Educational Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Health and Human Values or Data Science. Ph.D. by July 2020 is required. 

Teaching & Research Climate

Davidson's Psychology Department emphasizes student learning through research. Psychology is one of Davidson's most popular majors and is a research-active department in the college. The department has 10 full-time faculty who represent a broad swath of the subdisciplines in psychology and who offer a wide range of research-intensive courses in behavioral neuroscience, behavioral pharmacology, clinical, cognitive aging, cultural psychology, industrial/organizational, memory, perception and attention, quantitative, and social psychology.  

Various members of the department have had or currently have their research and education efforts supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  The department deeply values outstanding and innovative teaching. Indeed, three members of the department have been awarded Davidson's highest recognition of excellence in teaching: The Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award.  Mentorship of students conducting research during the academic year and/or the summer is embraced by the department.

The Community

Davidson College is located in Davidson, N.C., a lakeside college town situated within both the Charlotte metropolitan area (N.C.'s largest city) and the Lake Norman region (N.C.'s largest lake).  Thus, Davidson students, staff and faculty members have easy access (<20-minute drive) to enjoy the diverse advantages and opportunities provided by living and working near a thriving major city, small towns, recreational and rural areas.  Moreover, the mountains of Western N.C. and the shores of the Atlantic are only a few hours drive in either direction.

Teaching Load

Regular teaching load is 5 courses over 2 semesters, with 4 courses in the first year.  The courses will include introductory and advanced courses in developmental psychology as well as contributions to our psychology curriculum with courses such as a topical survey course, research-methodology course, and/or an advanced seminar in a research specialty area (e.g., literacy, gender development, etc.).  

Support for Research & Professional Activities

Annual travel funds are available from the college for faculty members to attend professional conferences.  The Psychology Department budget also provides limited support for instrumentation, travel and consumables related to teaching and faculty-student research.

Facilities & Instrumentation

The Psychology Department is currently located in the new Craig E. Wall Jr. Academic Center which also houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  Each psychology faculty member with an active research program has a dedicated research space that is further supported by shared facilities and instrumentation (such as printers and computer classrooms). All psychology labs are integrated teaching-research labs (reflecting the pedagogical philosophy that teaching and research are inextricably linked) that are well equipped with updated computers, projection systems and specialized instrumentation. 

Support Services

Support services within the department include a Departmental Coordinator and a scientific instrumentation specialist.

Professional Development

The college provides faculty members with professional development opportunities through a mentoring program, a Center for Teaching and Learning, a pre-tenure faculty group, a faculty of color group, an LGBT caucus and grants for teaching innovations as well as study and research.  It also sponsors workshops on teaching and participates in local, regional and national organizations dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education.

Commitment to Diversity

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity and have experience interacting with students of diverse backgrounds.  During campus interviews, candidates will meet with an equity advising team comprised of a faculty member and students to discuss academic issues of diversity and inclusivity.

Application Process

The application review process will begin September 16, 2019.  Ph.D. by July 2020 is required. Interested candidates should complete an online application at https://employment.davidson.edu/en-us/listing/ and attach a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) a 1-2 page Diversity Statement that outlines how their teaching, research and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) the names and email addresses of three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.  Inquiries may be sent to psychfacultysearch@davidson.edu.

Search Timeline & Process

The search committee plans to begin reviewing applications around mid-September, conduct phone interviews with top candidates in mid-October and then invite up to three candidates for campus interviews in mid-November/early December. This schedule is subject to change without notice.

Campus interviews will include meetings with the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Equity Advisor, Grants & Contracts, Human Resources, Center for Teaching and Learning, Psychology faculty and students and other relevant college offices.  Each candidate will be expected to give a lecture during the multi-day interview process.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures and national origins.


  • July 10, 2019


  • Psychology