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Assistant Professor of Psychology - Psychology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Department of Psychology at Grand Valley State University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to begin in August 6, 2021.

As a community of educators, scholars, and practitioners the Department of Psychology values the examination of the world through diverse cultural perspectives which inform pedagogy and scholarship, and engagement in our local community. We seek faculty who are committed to excellence in classroom teaching and scholarly engagement of students in collaborative projects. For this position, applicants must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Faculty area of emphasis may be diverse within the field of ABA, although research and applied experience working with children and adolescents in school or mental health settings is desirable given that the ABA program is closely connected with the School Psychology graduate program.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations, and candidates working in emerging fields that can contribute to diversifying the expertise in our department.

Required Qualifications:
● Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, or related field from an accredited institution. ABD candidates will be considered for a two-year contract with provisions that the Ph.D. must be completed by December 2022.
● Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA or BCBA-D);
● Ability to teach courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program, which is an ABAI Verified Course Sequence;
● Experience and/or willingness to teach high-quality, engaging online courses;
● Demonstrated potential for scholarly productivity including collaborative research and/or application-oriented projects that serve the community;
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
● A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Minimum of two years of undergraduate or graduate teaching experience in ABA (teaching assistantships will be considered);
● Research and service experiences working with children and adolescents in school settings or mental health settings, including individuals from under-served populations;
● Interest in expanding the ABA program to include new opportunities to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, the community, and the field;
● Interest in developing practicum experiences for students in the ABA certificate program;
● Demonstrated effectiveness in student engagement and the use of inclusive pedagogy;
● Interest in providing research opportunities for students;
● Commitment to collaboration within the department, across the university, in the local community, and the field of ABA.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions
● Teach six courses/year in the undergraduate and graduate programs with a primary focus on ABA.
● Advise psychology majors and graduate students in the ABA certificate program.
● Maintain an active scholarship program with an emphasis on the application of ABA to benefit populations in the area of emphasis.
● Offer leadership in the ABA program expansion both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
● Participate in service activities that enhance teaching and scholarship; contribute to the department, university, community; and the discipline, and support diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The Department of Psychology at Grand Valley State University is a collaborative group of 40 full-time faculty that places an emphasis on teaching excellence, active research, and service to the university and community. Our department offers a master’s and psychology specialist degree in school psychology, a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, undergraduate majors in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, and a minor in psychology. Faculty in the Psychology Department work collaboratively with the College of Education to offer a teaching endorsement in autism. In addition, our department offers a variety of psychology courses in support of the university’s many other undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently our department has approximately 40 graduate students, 1,100 psychology majors, 275 behavioral neuroscience majors, and 740 minors. For more information, see our web site at or call (616) 331-2195.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, research statement, three letters of reference, and graduate school transcripts. In your statements, please describe ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research/creative activity, and service, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Please send the three letters of reference directly to the search chair (information following) or attach them electronically in the 'other' slots in the document upload section of the application. In addition, on the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references.  Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Questions regarding the position may be submitted to Dr. Amy Matthews, search committee chair at

Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin on February 5, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000
For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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