Professor of Psychology, Coffs Harbour, Southern Cross University

The School of Health and Human Sciences is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar as Professor of Psychology within the School of Health and Human Sciences. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and nurture research and teaching synergies between Psychology and the other disciplines within the School and between the discipline and the community. Other disciplines within the School include Nursing, Midwifery, Sports and Exercise Science, and a range of Allied Health professions. Nursing and Midwifery are currently delivered face-to-face at the Coffs Harbour campus, and Sports and Exercise Science will commence teaching at the Coffs Harbour campus from 2016. Psychology was established in 2001 and has been graduating students from the Honours program since 2004. It is now entering a new phase of development and expansion. The goal of enhancing its current research strengths and to interface such research and education with the other School disciplines is the new driver for success. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated history of achievement in both research and teaching in addition to a strong track-record in innovation leadership. The discipline and the School will benefit from innovative leadership that will guide the establishment of strategies for program development (undergraduate, postgraduate, international, and off-shore), that will expand its research capacity (both pure and applied), and enhance its relationships within the region. The Professor will be the point of correspondence with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The discipline, based in Coffs Harbour, supports a Bachelor of Psychological Science (3 year) and Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (1 year) degree, as well as postgraduate research degrees. The undergraduate psychology units are taught in converged mode, making them available to students on campus at Coffs Harbour, as well as elsewhere within Australia and the rest of the world. The Bachelor of Psychological Science began accepting distance students in to the degree in 2014. Consideration is currently being given to establishing a cohort of students of psychology at the Gold Coast Campus. Coffs Harbour is located on the mid-north coast of NSW, a six hour drive north of Sydney and five hours south of Brisbane. The city has a population of approximately 60,000 and is serviced by an airport with regular flights to Sydney. The successful applicant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.

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