Professor of Psychology Jobs & Career Guide 2023

What is a professor of psychology?

A professor of psychology is an academic faculty member who teaches courses in psychology and conducts research in the field. They typically work at a university or college, where they may be responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising students, conducting research, and contributing to the academic community through publications and presentations.

In addition to teaching and research, professors of psychology may also be responsible for other academic activities, such as serving on committees, participating in departmental meetings, and engaging in outreach activities to promote the field of psychology.

To become a professor of psychology, you will need to hold doctoral degree in psychology or a related field, and typically have significant research experience and publications in the field.

“Being a psychology professor is a very rewarding career. It offers the opportunity to work with students and colleagues on interesting and important research questions, to share knowledge and expertise, and to make a positive impact on people’s lives. At the same time, it can be challenging and demanding, requiring a lot of hard work, dedication, and creativity. But for those who are passionate about psychology and committed to making a difference in the field, being a psychology professor is a fulfilling and meaningful career.”
Dr. Amy Briesch, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

What are the day to day responsibilities of a professor of psychology?

  • Teaching courses: Professors of psychology typically teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in psychology, including courses on specific topics within the field. This may involve developing course materials, delivering lectures, leading discussions, and evaluating student performance.
  • Conducting research: Professors of psychology are expected to conduct research in their area of expertise, often in collaboration with graduate students or other colleagues. This may involve writing grant proposals, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings at conferences or in academic journals.
  • Advising students: Professors may advise students on academic and career matters, such as course selection, research opportunities, and job prospects.
  • Contributing to the academic community: participate in various activities that contribute to the academic community, such as serving on committees, organizing conferences, reviewing manuscripts for academic journals, and mentoring junior colleagues.
  • Engaging in professional development: engage in ongoing professional development to stay up-to-date with developments in the field, such as attending conferences, workshops, or continuing education courses.

Here is what the day of a professor of psychology might look like:

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Respond to emails, review and prepare for the day’s lectures and meetings

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Teach undergraduate course on social psychology

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Meet with a graduate student to discuss their research progress

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Work on research project, analyze data, or write up findings for publication

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Teach graduate seminar on cognitive psychology

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Meet with another graduate student to discuss their research progress

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Attend a departmental meeting or committee meeting

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Work on preparing lectures or assignments for upcoming classes

Professor of Psychology salary – how much can you earn?

The median annual wage for postsecondary psychology professors is $80,370 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). For more insights see our guide on psychology professor salaries.

How to become a professor of psychology

It can take anywhere from 12-26 years of education and experience to become a tenured professor of psychology.

Earn a bachelor’s degree

The first step to becoming a professor of psychology is to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field.

Earn a master’s degree

The next step is to earn a master’s degree in psychology or a related field as this is a typical entry requirement for a doctoral degree program.

Obtain a doctoral degree

Professors of psychology typically hold a doctoral degree in psychology, such as a PhD or a PsyD. These programs take 5-7 years to complete and involve coursework, research, and clinical experience.

Gain research experience

Research experience is essential for becoming a professor of psychology. You can gain research experience through internships, research assistantships, or working as a research coordinator.

Obtain teaching experience

Professors of psychology typically need to demonstrate teaching excellence, which can be gained through teaching assistantships, adjunct teaching positions, or postdoctoral fellowships.

Pursue tenure-track positions

Professors of psychology typically start as assistant professors on a tenure-track, which involves a probationary period during which they are expected to conduct research, teach courses, and contribute to the academic community. We frequently have 100+ tenure-track positions advertised on PsychologyJobs.com – visit the job board to find the right one for you.

Obtain tenure

After completing the probationary period, assistant professors can apply for tenure, which provides job security and requires a demonstration of continued research, teaching, and service to the academic community.

Latest Psychology Professor Job Listings

PositionCompanyLocationPosted
MEDICAL DIRECTOR CENTER FOR TELEPSYCHIATRY & E-BEHAVIORAL HEALTHEast Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina US06/05/2024
Job Description: This is a full-time faculty position to serve as the Medical Director for the Center for Telepsychiatry and e-Behavioral Health (CTeBH).The Center currently serves 40 hospitals and 21 community-based clinics across the state of North Carolina. The members of the CTeBH are made up of a combination of professional personnel, faculty, and contracted external providers. The CTeBH reports to the Executive Dean of the Brody School of Medicine and works closely … More
Assistant Professor in Behavioral EcologyTexas Tech University Lubbock, Texas US06/03/2024
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology to begin Fall 2025. Applicants from a wide range of Behavioral Ecology specializations are invited to apply. Research areas of interest should be able to attract external competitive funding. The successful applicant … More
Assistant Professor in Behavioral EcologyTexas Tech University Lubbock, Texas US06/03/2024
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology to begin Fall 2025. Applicants from a wide range of Behavioral Ecology specializations are invited to apply. Research areas of interest should be able to attract external competitive funding. The successful applicant … More
Assistant Professor in Behavioral EcologyTexas Tech University Lubbock, Texas US06/03/2024
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral … More
Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track or Practice Track), Department of Behavior Analysis (Fully Remote)Simmons University Boston, Massachusetts US06/03/2024
Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track or Practice Track), Department of Behavior Analysis (Fully Remote)Remote – NationalR10065The Department of Behavior Analysis in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science (CNBHS) invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice or a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor within the Online Master’s degree program in Behavior Analysis. The … More
Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director, Department of Behavior AnalysisSimmons University Boston, Massachusetts US06/03/2024
Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director, Department of Behavior AnalysisMain Campus – Boston, MAR10066The Department of Behavior Analysis in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science (CNBHS) invites applications for a non-tenure track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director (Director) within our campus-based Master’s degree program in Boston, MA. The position will be filled for … More
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tenure TrackSuffolk University Boston, Massachusetts US06/02/2024
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tenure Track The Psychology Department at Suffolk University invites applicants for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology beginning July 1, 2024. Area of scholarship is open, although we are particularly interested in recruiting a teacher scholar with a research program involving diverse and/or underserved populations and aligning with the departments social justice mission Psychology – Suffolk University . Areas of neuropsychology … More
Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in Psychology Department, Non-Tenure TrackSuffolk University Boston, Massachusetts US06/02/2024
The Psychology Department at Suffolk University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, a non-tenure track position in the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) master’s program starting Summer 2024. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in either clinical or counseling psychology (PhD, PsyD, EdD) and be license-eligible in the state of Massachusetts. The position responsibilities are 50% teaching in the MHC program and 50% administration in support … More
Position
Job Description: This is a full-time faculty position to serve as the Medical Director for the Center for Telepsychiatry and e-Behavioral Health (CTeBH).The Center currently serves 40 hospitals and 21 community-based clinics across the state of North Carolina. The members of the CTeBH are made up of a combination of professional personnel, faculty, and contracted external providers. The CTeBH reports to the Executive Dean of the Brody School of Medicine and works closely … More
Company
East Carolina University
Location
Greenville, North Carolina US
Posted
06/05/2024
Position
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology to begin Fall 2025. Applicants from a wide range of Behavioral Ecology specializations are invited to apply. Research areas of interest should be able to attract external competitive funding. The successful applicant … More
Company
Texas Tech University
Location
Lubbock, Texas US
Posted
06/03/2024
Position
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology to begin Fall 2025. Applicants from a wide range of Behavioral Ecology specializations are invited to apply. Research areas of interest should be able to attract external competitive funding. The successful applicant … More
Company
Texas Tech University
Location
Lubbock, Texas US
Posted
06/03/2024
Position
Position Description: The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral … More
Company
Texas Tech University
Location
Lubbock, Texas US
Posted
06/03/2024
Position
Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track or Practice Track), Department of Behavior Analysis (Fully Remote)Remote – NationalR10065The Department of Behavior Analysis in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science (CNBHS) invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice or a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor within the Online Master’s degree program in Behavior Analysis. The … More
Company
Simmons University
Location
Boston, Massachusetts US
Posted
06/03/2024
Position
Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director, Department of Behavior AnalysisMain Campus – Boston, MAR10066The Department of Behavior Analysis in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science (CNBHS) invites applications for a non-tenure track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director (Director) within our campus-based Master’s degree program in Boston, MA. The position will be filled for … More
Company
Simmons University
Location
Boston, Massachusetts US
Posted
06/03/2024
Position
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tenure Track The Psychology Department at Suffolk University invites applicants for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology beginning July 1, 2024. Area of scholarship is open, although we are particularly interested in recruiting a teacher scholar with a research program involving diverse and/or underserved populations and aligning with the departments social justice mission Psychology – Suffolk University . Areas of neuropsychology … More
Company
Suffolk University
Location
Boston, Massachusetts US
Posted
06/02/2024
Position
The Psychology Department at Suffolk University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, a non-tenure track position in the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) master’s program starting Summer 2024. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in either clinical or counseling psychology (PhD, PsyD, EdD) and be license-eligible in the state of Massachusetts. The position responsibilities are 50% teaching in the MHC program and 50% administration in support … More
Company
Suffolk University
Location
Boston, Massachusetts US
Posted
06/02/2024