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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

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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 is seeking to recruit a faculty member with expertise in intergroup relations for a tenure system appointment at the assistant professor level starting in Fall of 2025. 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 seek a candidate who studies intergroup relations, broadly defined. Specific topics could include, but are not limited to, conflict and reconciliation, prejudice, stereotyping, stigma, social identities, collective action, and social inequalities. The ideal candidate works with sophisticated methodological techniques that will help distinguish MSU Psychology as a leader in the use of advanced methods to understand politics and intergroup relations. These methodological techniques might include, but are not limited to, quantitative longitudinal models, social network analysis, natural language processing models, or large-scale multi-lab experimental studies. The ideal candidate may also have substantive and methodological interests related to intergroup relations outside of those areas listed. Applications from candidates with a demonstrated commitment to open-science practices are encouraged.

The candidate recruited for this position would join an active, intellectually diverse, and productive Department of Psychology. For more information about the department visit:  and for more information about MSU’s strategic plan visit: The candidate would also have the opportunity to join the Minority Politics Initiative, a joint Psychology-Political Science group housed in the College of Social Sciences

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

Doctorate -Psychology or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Psychology or related field required by the start of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong record of research in content areas listed in position summary
  • Potential for extramural funding
  • Potential for excellence in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service
  • Commitment to open-science practices

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • A diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSUs commitment to inclusive excellence)
  • Three representative publications
  • Three letters of reference

Special Instructions

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Mark Brandt (

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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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