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The College of Letters and Science at Montana State University seeks five tenure track faculty members across our participating departments with a demonstrated record of or potential for scholarly activity (research, teaching, service, and creative work) that promotes the wellness of underserved communities broadly defined. This cohort hiring initiative is part of a university commitment to support our diverse student body, faculty, and staff.(See Montana State University’s Diversity & Inclusion Framework and Strategic Plan: Choosing Promise.)We know that representation of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives is critical to a rich and vibrant scholarly community that supports our students’ learning and upholds our land grant mission.We envision a wide variety of scholars who qualify as contributing to this theme and are particularly interested in people from diverse academic backgrounds whose experiences will contribute to the excellence of the MSU community. We imagine candidates who focus on the wellness of underserved communities and whose scholarship may speak but is not limited to rural communities, the environment, community empowerment, community sustainability (environmental, governmental, or otherwise), health disparities (racial, gender, or rural), climate, and teaching pedagogy. 

As a participating department in the Cohort Hiring Initiative, theDepartment of Psychology is searching for a scholar who focuseson understanding how various psychological constructs and/or processes affect the wellness of underserved communities. This could include, but is not limited to, biological, cognitive, behavioral, and/or socio-ecological approaches to understanding health disparities and well-being.  

Department Overview

The Department of Psychology has 9 collegial tenure-track faculty with strong research in the department’s four cross-cutting themes: attention, memory, and thought; equity, diversity, and disparities; health, resilience, and well-being; and motivation and emotion. The department has approximately 650 undergraduate majors, 110 psychology minors, and a Ph.D. program in Psychological Science. MSU has many opportunities for collaborative work both within and outside the department, including with the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, the Montana Engineering Education Research Center, the Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, the American Indian and Alaskan Native Clinical and Translational Research Program, the Sleep Laboratory, and the Western Transportation Institute. 

The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Psychology program, with duties to include teaching foundational courses in the department curriculum as well as courses in the candidate’s area of expertise; developing a nationally recognized research program and participating in professional and university outreach and service activities. Our faculty develop and maintain an active research program with the potential for external funding and participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, advising, and mentorship. 

How to Submit Your Application 

Applicants will apply online through the Applicant tracking system on the Montana State University Website at (https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/32831).For any questions or additional information, please contact Neha John-Henderson [email protected] , our Chair of the Department’s Cohort Hiring Committee.