The George Mason University Psychology Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Position beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The position is in the Applied Development program, which offers both master’s and doctoral degrees. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Department of Psychology ( has nearly 40 faculty, over 1,000 undergraduate majors, and over 200 graduate students. We are one of the largest departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which is the largest academic unit at George Mason. Our department is guided by three primary foci. First, the department is focused on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels in our department and, more broadly, in our field. This mission is facilitated by our location in one of the most diverse regions of the country and by George Mason’s status as the most diverse university in Virginia ( Second, in line with George Mason’s Carnegie classification as a Research I university and its strategic goal of conducting research of consequence, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. Faculty and students in our department conduct high quality, rigorous research on pressing problems, and work to disseminate knowledge in both academic and non-academic circles. Third, we focus strongly on our training of doctoral students across all five of our doctoral programs (applied developmental psychology, clinical psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and human factors and applied cognition). Faculty are highly dedicated to the success of our doctoral students, and our programs have continually increased in rankings over the years.


The successful candidate is expected to maintain a highly productive and impactful research program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and/or quantitative methods, and direct and advise graduate students.

Required Qualifications:

We are looking for individuals with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology (or a closely related field); a strong research record; and evidence of, or potential for, excellence at teaching/mentoring and obtaining external funding. Candidates who will have a PhD conferred before the start of Fall 2019 classes will be considered eligible for this posting.

Preferred Qualifications:

The area of specialization is open; however, the department is especially interested in applicants whose scholarship centers on conceptually and methodologically rigorous research with diverse children and youth (e.g., stigma, culture, normative development, identities, and inherent strengths), development of basic cognitive processes with an applied bent, development during infancy–toddlerhood or adolescence, and/or human developmental neuroscience. We are open to compelling cases of other research areas that would fit in with the applied nature of our program and the current faculty. All hires in the department are expected to be highly competent in quantitative methods. Additionally, applicants who have a history of extramural funding, a strong publication record, the ability to mentor and teach quantitative methods, and the ability to contribute to a culturally inclusive environment will be given preference.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6168z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, research and teaching statements, and a CV. In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted in one of the following ways: uploaded online, e-mailed to, or sent via USPS mail to Ms. Susan Ridley, ADP Search Coordinator, George Mason University, MS 3F5, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Women, minority, and international candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.