Ball State University — Chairperson of the Department of Psychological Science

The Department of Marketing in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University is seeking an experienced, senior-level professional to chair the Department. Provide administrative and faculty leadership for the department and its reporting units, teach courses in general and expertise-specific areas of the discipline as negotiated with the Dean, conduct research and publish in areas of specialization; provide an example of engagement through academic, professional, and public service.

The Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University is comprised of twenty-three full-time faculty with teaching and research expertise spanning across social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology, and neuroscience. Our department includes two Master’s programs in Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science, a large undergraduate major (approximately 700 students), a psychology minor, and interdisciplinary concentrations in criminal justice, data analytics, and neuroscience. The department’s mission aligns with the university’s focus on high impact experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students, and we provide strong generalist training in psychology as a science. The faculty are productive scholars, particularly in the areas of neuroscientific foundations of cognitive, developmental, and social processes, social attitudes and communication, prejudice and discrimination, externalizing psychopathology, and psychological assessment.  Faculty collaborate with many other academic departments across the university and with community partners. In line with the university’s focus on community engagement, faculty are also active participants in university, community, and professional service. To learn more about the department, please visit

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field from an accredited institution. Five years of teaching experience in a psychology program or closely related field; demonstrated record of scholarship and publication in any area of psychology or closely related field; and have earned tenure.

Employer will consider sponsorship. 

Preferred Qualifications: We are seeking applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following qualifications: administrative experience in an academic setting; leadership and interpersonal skills; commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; record of scholarship and publication in any area of psychology or closely related field adequate for an appointment as a tenured associate or full professor; teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level in a psychology program or a closely related field; record of application for external funding in psychology or a closely related field; and record of service at university, community, or professional levels.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae, leadership statement, inclusive excellence statement, and cover letter addressed to Kristin Ritchey. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide a statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through September 23, 2021. 

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:    

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.