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Instructor or Assistant Professor of Psychology/Addiction Studies

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Job Location:
Natchitoches, Louisiana

The Department of Psychology at Northwestern State University is seeking an individual for a full-time 9-month tenure track position as an Instructor/Assistant Professor in Addiction Studies/Psychology beginning August 8, 2022.

Founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School, Northwestern has a long history of academic excellence and offers degrees in more than 50 areas and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwestern is located in the historic town of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent European settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches is in central Louisiana, approximately 60 miles south of Shreveport and 50 miles north of Alexandria, and convenient to major cities such as Dallas, Baton Rouge, Houston, and New Orleans. Natchitoches offers a mild climate and a low cost of living, as well as a historic downtown shopping area, local festivals, and an abundance of area lakes for recreational opportunities. For more information about Natchitoches, go to

Northwestern State University has made strides toward growing in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The university hired a Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity in 2020 and made history by hiring the first African American president in the university’s history in 2021. The university also has a very active Center for Inclusion and Diversity. The university ranks above average in comparison to the national averages for racial/ethnic diversity of its students. For more information about NSU’s DEI initiatives, please go to

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s degree in addiction studies, psychology, or related behavioral science field. Applicants must be credentials by the Addiction Disorder Regulatory Authority at the level of Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). Experience teaching undergraduate courses in addiction studies and/or psychology is required. Applicants must be credentialed and in good standing by regional credentialing agencies. Applicants are expected to have or develop a research agenda related to addiction studies and/or psychology.

Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills with evidence of effectively communicating with students, faculty, and constituencies.

Preferred qualifications: An earned terminal degree in Addiction Studies, Psychology, or related behavioral science field; experience in teaching in an online environment; experience with working with student outcomes; experience in a rural setting; established research agenda; and service within the profession.


  • Teach 15 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework (both face-to-face and online) during the fall and spring semesters. Summer teaching may be available for an additional contract.
  • Be committed to excellence in teaching, service, professional growth, and scholarship.
  • Coordinate and participate in departmental development, recruitment of students, and other professional endeavors germane to the mission of the unit within the University.
  • Maintain required office/student hours for student access.
  • Advise undergraduate students. Participate in and maintain a positive, student-oriented, and caring academic atmosphere.
  • Engage in service within the departmental community and serve on college and university committees.
  • Support the faculty, Department Head, Dean, Vice-president for Academic Affairs and President in the goals of the College and University.
  • Collaborate with faculty and community stakeholders for program improvement.
  • Participate in program governance at the College and University levels as well as contribute to one’s professional organizations.
  • Participate in scholarly activities appropriate to the discipline and position.
  • Maintain a collegial relationship with peers and colleagues throughout the University.
  • Acknowledge and comply with the mandates of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, which regulates the activity and employment of state employees including but not limited to the “Code of Governmental Ethics”, “LA R.S. 42.1101 et seq”, and “Dual Office Holding and Dual Employment LA R.S. 42.61 et seq”.
  • Represent the department and Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development in a professional manner in all activities.
  • Perform other duties as needed, related to the overall mission of the department.

Screening of applications will begin immediately upon receipt and continue until position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and complete contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses) for at least three (3) professional references to:

Dr. Kimberly W McAlister,

Applications may also be mailed: Dr. Kimberly McAlister, Gallaspy College of Education & Human Development, 150 Tarleton, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497.

The University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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