Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Middlebury College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin September 2018. Applications for this position will be accepted starting August 1, 2017 and the application deadline is September 29, 2017. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or be ABD in clinical psychology or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate promise of excellence in teaching and research but also can expect mentoring in these areas.  Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces differences, with the all the complexity and individuality each person brings. Through Interfolio submit: a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee, a curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, a teaching statement, a research statement, a sample of scholarly work, and three current letters of recommendation.

Teaching Expectations:  

Teaching responsibilities include: Introduction to Psychology, Psychological Disorders, Statistics or Research Methods, an elective and/or an advanced seminar in one’s areas of expertise.   See the Psychology Department website for specific course information.  Faculty occasionally are asked to replace a standard course with a contribution to the College’s first-year seminar program. All department members rotate responsibility for teaching First-Year Seminar (FYSE) courses and, depending on one’s teaching load, may contribute to Middlebury’s one month Winter Term Curriculum every other year.  The typical teaching load at Middlebury College is 4-5 courses per year—depending on the sizes of the classes, number of contact hours, labs, etc.    

Research Expectations:  The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program that involves undergraduate students and results in scholarly publications. Middlebury College provides broad support for such endeavors including competitive start-up funds, internal student research scholarships, faculty professional development funds, and state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. The department is housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, the College’s 116,000 net square foot science center, which opened in the fall of 1999. The Department of Psychology also contributes to  the Program in Neuroscience. Applications from candidates who might additionally contribute to Neuroscience are welcomed.

Application Details

Statement of Teaching and Research Plans
Please describe your career vision for both teaching and research in a liberal arts environment. The teaching statement offers a free-form opportunity to convey one’s interests, motivations, plans, and desires in regards to teaching at Middlebury College. The teaching statement must explicitly cover how the candidate would teach a diverse classroom. The research plans should address the major questions you will pursue and the techniques that you will use and teach students.  Please also address briefly your anticipated needs for space and equipment. 

Letters of Recommendation
Please provide three recommendation letters from individuals who know you well including your Ph.D. mentor.   The letters should address the candidate’s potential as both a teacher and researcher. Some letters may focus primarily on one aspect due to the nature of the relationships, but at least two letters should specifically address teaching experience or potential.

Interview Process

Timeframe - We anticipate short (30-60 minute) online Skype interviews with 6-8 “short-list” candidates in late October followed by two-day, on-campus interviews with three candidates in November/early December 2017.

Research Talk - We ask candidates to give a typical 40-50 minute research seminar keeping in mind that the audience will include undergraduate students and other non-specialists. College administrators sometimes attend as well.

Teaching Lecture - We also ask candidates to present at 50 minute “mock lecture” on the topic of categorical versus dimensional models for psychological disorders. This teaching lecture need not follow any particular format nor have any specific content, but it should offer insight into the candidate’s style and approach to teaching. In addition to the department faculty many psychology majors typically attend these talks and are encouraged to ask questions. 

Individual Meetings - The candidate will meet with all department faculty, a number of current students, one search committee member from outside the department, and members of the academic administration.

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check.  More information regarding background checks may be found at:

Middlebury College is located in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in the heart of the Lake Champlain Valley, with the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. Burlington, about an hour to the north, is Vermont’s largest city and also home to the University of Vermont.  Although Vermont is known for its rural setting, Middlebury College is a vibrant, welcoming community committed to hiring a diverse faculty.

Should you need any help uploading the required documents, please contact the Interfolio Helpdesk for assistance at 877.997.8807 or Specific questions or concerns about the application or interview process should be directed to either Diane Burnham (Department Coordinator) for Interfolio related issues, or Matthew Kimble (Department Chair) for position specific issues. We are happy to assist you in submitting the strongest possible application.

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.

Department of Psychology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753