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 Professor of Psychology Jobs & Career Guide 2024 Listings

PositionCompanyLocationPosted
Assistant Professor of Journalism (Tenure-Track)Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey US02/20/2024
The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media at Seton Hall University invites applications for a 9-month full time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts, to begin August 2024. We are seeking creative and innovative scholars with research and/or professional expertise in multimedia journalism. A secondary interest in sports journalism or journalism that serves underrepresented/marginalized groups would be welcome. We encourage … More
Assistant Professor, Aviation and SpaceOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Assistant Professor, Aviation and SpaceSchool of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Aviation August 2024POSITION: The College of Education and Human Sciences, School of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Aviation, is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Aviation and Space. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activity and teach graduate and undergraduate program courses, specifically … More
Assistant Professor, CPSYOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Counseling and Counseling Psychology ProgramSchool of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling PsychologyFall 2024POSITION: The College of Education and Human Sciences, School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activity and teach … More
Assistant Professor, NursingOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Tenure Track – Assistant Professor, Nursing School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling & Counseling Psychology Fall 2024POSITION: The Nursing Program within Oklahoma State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the main campus in Stillwater starting August 2024. The successful applicant will join a collaborative team of faculty who work with and mentor our undergraduate … More
Teaching Assistant ProfessorOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Teaching Assistant Professor – Public Health School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology Start Date: January 2024POSITION: The Public Health program, housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Teaching Assistant Professor of Public Health for the OSU-Tulsa Campus. The projected start date is Spring 2024. The successful … More
Assistant Professor – School PsychologyOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Assistant Professor, School PsychologySchool of Teaching, Learning, and Educational SciencesFall 2024POSITION: Oklahoma State University is accepting applicants for an Assistant Professor faculty position in School Psychology within the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences, beginning August 2024.The school psychology programs are … More
Assistant/Associate ProfessorOklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma US02/20/2024
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Development and Family ScienceDepartment of Human Development and Family Science August 2024POSITION: The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Early Childhood Development and Family Science. This nine-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position … More
Division Director Developmental & Behavioral HealthChildren’s Mercy Kansas City Kansas City, MO, Missouri US02/19/2024
The Department of Pediatrics at Childrens Mercy Kansas City is seeking a creative and scholarly leader to serve as Division Director of Developmental … More
Position
The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media at Seton Hall University invites applications for a 9-month full time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts, to begin August 2024. We are seeking creative and innovative scholars with research and/or professional expertise in multimedia journalism. A secondary interest in sports journalism or journalism that serves underrepresented/marginalized groups would be welcome. We encourage … More
Company
Seton Hall University
Location
South Orange, New Jersey US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Assistant Professor, Aviation and SpaceSchool of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Aviation August 2024POSITION: The College of Education and Human Sciences, School of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Aviation, is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Aviation and Space. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activity and teach graduate and undergraduate program courses, specifically … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Counseling and Counseling Psychology ProgramSchool of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling PsychologyFall 2024POSITION: The College of Education and Human Sciences, School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activity and teach … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Tenure Track – Assistant Professor, Nursing School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling & Counseling Psychology Fall 2024POSITION: The Nursing Program within Oklahoma State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the main campus in Stillwater starting August 2024. The successful applicant will join a collaborative team of faculty who work with and mentor our undergraduate … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Teaching Assistant Professor – Public Health School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology Start Date: January 2024POSITION: The Public Health program, housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Teaching Assistant Professor of Public Health for the OSU-Tulsa Campus. The projected start date is Spring 2024. The successful … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Assistant Professor, School PsychologySchool of Teaching, Learning, and Educational SciencesFall 2024POSITION: Oklahoma State University is accepting applicants for an Assistant Professor faculty position in School Psychology within the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences, beginning August 2024.The school psychology programs are … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Development and Family ScienceDepartment of Human Development and Family Science August 2024POSITION: The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Early Childhood Development and Family Science. This nine-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position … More
Company
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma US
Posted
02/20/2024
Position
The Department of Pediatrics at Childrens Mercy Kansas City is seeking a creative and scholarly leader to serve as Division Director of Developmental … More
Company
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Location
Kansas City, MO, Missouri US
Posted
02/19/2024