The Department of Human Services in the Dewar College of Education & Human Services seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position beginning August 1, 2021. To carry out our comprehensive mission, we seek applicants with the desire and ability to successfully engage students as they launch and progress through their intellectual journey. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching seated, hybrid, and online courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, maintaining scholarly productivity, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Valdosta State University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. The Department of Human Services provides service to their home department and several other departments in the College of Education & Human Services

at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has an established Center for Gifted Studies that offers a fully online program leading to the Gifted and Talented In-Field Endorsement from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) for students. Other programs in the Department of Human Services includes, Counselor Education, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Kelley, Department Head, by email or phone 229-219-3550.


The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to Human Services and Educational Psychology, as well as in the Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Courses include a variety of basic and advanced Human Services and Educational Psychology topics. Methods of instruction include seated, hybrid, and online formats. Candidates are expected to engage in innovating teaching practices; mentor and advise students of diverse cultures and backgrounds; collaborate in curriculum and instructional development and implementation; recruitment; conduct a research agenda that consists of publications, presentations, and grant writing; service to the Department, College, University, and community to carry out the mission of a Comprehensive Regional University.

Required Qualifications

• A Ph.D. in Educational Psychology or a closely related field by appointment date;
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

• A background or expertise in one or more of the following human service related areas: K-12 or adult teaching experience, school counseling, clinical mental health, human growth and development;
• A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage; • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
• A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds.

The Dewar College of Education & Human Services prepares professionals for multiple roles in 21st century educational, business, and community settings. The College is home to five departments (Leadership, Technology, and Workforce Development, Teacher Education, Human Services, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Library and Information Studies). The Dewar College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), is an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) award-winning institution and is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). In addition, several of the college programs are accredited or nationally recognized by their specialized professional organizations.

Valdosta State University, founded in 1906, is a comprehensive university with a student enrollment of approximately 12,500. The city of Valdosta is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75, is served by a regional airport, and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida. For more information visit and for more information about the community visit

Online application is required and should be submitted by February 5, 2021, at

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.