[visionlist] position opening: head of psychology, Penn State University

Michael Wenger mjw19 at psu.edu
Tue Jun 13 20:50:14 GMT 2006

The Department of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University
invites applications for the position of Head of the Department, to be
filled effective July 1, 2007. We seek a distinguished scholar with an
active research program to lead the Department in a time of
significant opportunity.  A record of academic administration is
desired, and candidates should be eligible for appointment at the rank
of professor.  Candidates with success attaining external funding will
be favored. Applicants from any subspecialties will be considered.

The Psychology Department is an active and collegial department, whose
40+ full-time faculty members and 100+ graduate students are engaged
in a wide array of research activities.  Programmatically, the
Department includes graduate programs in clinical (child and adult
tracks), cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, and
social. Facilities include a large in-house Psychological Clinic, a
highly successful interdisciplinary research center (Child Study
Center), and numerous specialty laboratories.  Interdisciplinary
networking and translational research capacities are fostered by
affiliations with two university-wide initiatives, the Social Science
Research Institute and Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, both of
which support Psychology faculty and research initiatives.  The
Psychology Department is the home of the APA-award winning
specialization in cognitive and affective neuroscience (SCAN) -- a
department-wide effort to integrate the study of brain and behavior by
infusing neuroscience throughout the traditional areas of psychology.
The Department also supports a significant external funding portfolio:
the Department is ranked 4th nationally in terms of total research
expenditures in Psychology (NSF, 2002), 3rd in terms of total
scientific publications by faculty (2002-2004, Thomson Scientific),
and 9th nationally in terms of total citations (2002-2004, Thomson
Scientific).  Fueled by a premier Honors College, the Psychology
Department is characterized by a strong culture of undergraduate
research participation, and plays a leading role contributing to the
overall research and teaching mission of the university.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2006, and will continue
until the position is filled.  Applications should include a letter of
interest describing qualifications and potential fit with the
department, a current vita, and the names of 3-5 references.  Send
applications to: Marie Straka, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Box ,
109 Sparks Building, Penn State, University Park, PA. 16802.  Penn
State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the
diversity of its workforce.

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