Chair of Excellence Search – 2022-2023

The Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis invites applications for the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence position.

The Department of Psychology’s Center for Applied Psychological Research, established in 1984, is one of the original Tennessee Centers of Excellence. The Lillian Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Psychology was established in March of 1991.

The Department has 35 full-time faculty and Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology (APA-accredited and member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science), experimental psychology, and school psychology (APA-accredited) as well as a master's program in general psychology and an educational specialist program in school psychology. Research areas include behavioral neuroscience; child, adolescent, and family studies; clinical health psychology/addiction; cognitive science; and psychotherapy research. As a State of Tennessee Center of Excellence, the Department is able to provide competitive salaries and strong support for faculty research and professional development. Our track record for obtaining NIH, NSF, IES, DoD, and other sources of research funding is excellent. The University of Memphis is recognized as a “very high research activity” (R1) institution by the Carnegie Foundation and includes the NIH-funded Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) Center.

We are seeking an established scholar whose research program is integrative and theory-based.  Criteria for a successful candidate include strong evidence of scholarship, current funding, and the ability to form interdisciplinary and inter-institutional bridges. We wish to hire a colleague with a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related discipline in one of two areas: (a) clinical psychology or (b) cognitive science. Particular focus within either of these areas is open; however, preference will be given to candidates that complement and expand existing departmental strengths. In the area of clinical psychology, we are especially interested in candidates whose research addresses one or more of the following domains:  addiction prevention or treatment; adult psychopathology or treatment; child and adolescent psychology including development, trauma, or psychopathology; health disparities; or pediatric health and health promotion. In cognitive science, we are interested in candidates specializing in individual differences in learning, intelligent tutoring, human-to-computer, and human-to-human interactions, or general cognitive science.

Chairs of Excellence are expected to perform at levels exceeding those for the professor rank within the department, to mentor and graduate doctoral students, and to support research students, labs, and post-doctoral fellows by directing a nationally recognized and externally funded program of research.

We recognize that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive department culture enhances opportunities for deeper learning and community impact. As such, we seek colleagues who share our values regarding diversity, inclusion, and social justice, and we are committed to welcoming faculty, students, and staff from varied backgrounds and diverse intersectional identities.

Application review will begin February 20, 2023 and may continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should upload a cover letter describing interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional reference providers here Apply for Chair of Excellence.

Applicants interested in this position should direct inquiries to Dr. Melloni N. Cook, Chair of Excellence Search Committee, at mcook1@memphis.edu.