College of Science and Mathematics

Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences

Augusta, Georgia


Augusta University seeks a visionary and experienced academic and administrative leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences within its College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). The Chair will join Augusta University at a time of unprecedented forward-thinking change, becoming a key leader within both the College of Science and Mathematics and the broader community of Augusta University. As part of a dynamic and ambitious leadership team, the Chair will work collaboratively across the College and the University as it expands its footprint regionally and nationally by fulfilling its vision of becoming a world-class, student-centric, comprehensive research university.

Highly innovative and ground-breaking changes are afoot at Augusta University and across the city of Augusta, Georgia. A new state-of-the-art building to house the College of Science and Mathematics is being designed. It will be located on the University’s Health Sciences campus and is expected to open in 2020. The proximity of the new building to colleagues on the Health Sciences campus will provide ample opportunities for the Department to initiate and participate in cross-disciplinary collaboration and scientific discovery in medical science and health care. The Augusta area is becoming a focus for cybersecurity, and Augusta University has responded by establishing the new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, to be housed in a new 168,000 square foot Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center opening in summer 2018.

Augusta University is one of the four research universities in the University System of Georgia, and the state’s only public academic medical center. It was formed through the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) in 2013. It is dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and health care providers on its four campuses in Augusta and five satellite locations across Georgia, offering undergraduate programs in the sciences, liberal arts, computer and cyber science, business, and education, as well as a range of graduate and professional programs and hands-on clinical research opportunities. With nationally ranked business and nursing schools, the state’s only public medical school and only dental school, Augusta University is rapidly becoming a destination of choice for students seeking a nurturing and supportive environment in which to learn and flourish. Members of the current freshmen class hail from 45 states within the US and 67 countries throughout the world.

Governed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Augusta University has 8,827 total students across its 10 colleges and schools and offers 43 undergraduate programs, 34 graduate programs, 18 doctoral and professional programs, and 52 certificate programs. The University and University Health System employ approximately 14,337 people, including over 1,650 faculty members, with an operating budget of $806.7 million in fiscal year 2016.

The Department of Psychological Sciences currently operates two degree programs that lead to the BS and MS. The undergraduate program graduates more students than any other department in the College of Science and Mathematics. The graduate program offers three concentrations: Clinical/Counseling, Applied Experimental and General Experimental Psychology. Discussions are underway concerning establishment of a clinical-practitioner doctorate (PsyD).

Augusta University seeks a Chair who will apply innovative leadership strategies to program development and to mentoring and supporting students and faculty. The successful candidate will work closely with the faculty to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service, facilitate faculty efforts at seeking external grant support, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, strategically manage the allocation of the department’s resources and facilities, and effectively represent the Department’s interests to the Dean and upper administration. While encouraging and further developing a student-centric environment and innovative teaching methods, the Chair will champion the strengths of the Department in fostering a culture of cutting-edge research while exploring opportunities to launch new graduate programs. The Chair will work closely with other departments and divisions within the College of Science and Mathematics and the broader University community to ensure an atmosphere of collaboration, shared knowledge and cooperation in both its teaching and research missions.

Candidates for Chair must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field, have earned tenure, and have a record of professional achievements supporting appointment at the rank of professor. Previous leadership/administrative experience is highly desirable as is a strong record of teaching, scholarship, and obtaining external funding. Area of specialization is open.


Augusta University has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this recruitment. Please direct nominations, inquiries, and application materials—including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of references—in confidence and online to:

Patricia Hastie, Vice President

Courtney Thomas, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Augusta University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. Also, Augusta University is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.