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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 811521
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking to recruit a faculty member with expertise in racial/ethnic health disparities and programmatic efforts to reduce such disparities for a tenure system appointment at the assistant professor level starting in Fall of 2023. The ideal candidate will have established a strong program of visible research, a history of (or clear potential for) external funding, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in a) undergraduate and graduate teaching, and b) diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are particularly interested in applicants with substantive expertise in addiction, depression, and health psychology as they relate to diverse populations as well as applicants with expertise in the assessment of mental health, physical health, and well-being across diverse groups. Quantitative expertise in multilevel modeling and program evaluation is also desired. However, the ideal candidate may well have substantive and methodological interests related to mental and physical health disparities outside of those listed.

The candidate recruited for this position would join an active, intellectually diverse, and productive Department of Psychology and be expected to affiliate with one or more of the department’s six PhD training focal areas (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognition and Cognitive Science, Ecological/Community Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Social Personality), based upon expertise and interest. For more information about the department, visit:

This open position is supported by the MSU Provost’s 1855 Professorships initiative that is aligned with the university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan and seeks to “…elevate the academic quality and reputation at MSU.” The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to the multidisciplinary, “One Health” cluster of quantitatively oriented researchers who study sources of physical and mental health disparities and evaluate programs and policies intended to reduce them. For more information about the 1855 Professorships, visit: For more information about MSU’s strategic plan, visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Psychology or related field required by the date of hire; Ph.D. or ABD permissible at the time of application/interview

Desired Qualifications

  • Published research in content areas listed in position summary
  • Strong potential for extramural funding
  • Excellence in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels

Required Application Materials

  1. CV
  2. Statement of research interests, which can include (but is not required) information on how COVID-19 impacted the research program
  3. Statement of teaching interests
  4. A diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence)
  5. Names and contact information for three references; letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application at Consideration of applications will begin 3 October 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Kelly Klump, Ph.D., MSU Foundation Professor (

MSU is located in East Lansing, MI (Eastern time zone), with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. East Lansing is also centrally located within Michigan and near several large cities, including Detroit (1.5 hour drive), Chicago (3.5 hour drive, or direct access via train/Amtrak), and Toronto (4.5 hour drive).  MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at

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Department Statement

The Department of Psychology is dedicated to advancing psychological science through multidisciplinary research and providing a world-class education for our undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the College of Social Science at a land grant university, our department’s broader mission is to conduct research that transforms lives and inspires leaders on our campus, in Michigan communities, and across the world.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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