MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration, in the College of Nursing and Health Professions starting in January 2024.

POSITION INFORMATION: Our faculty seeks enthusiastic candidates who share our commitment to building a nationally prominent master’s program in ABA. This is an in-person, full-time, 9–month, tenure-track, unclassified position. The on-campus appointment will begin in January 2024.

SALARY: $70,000


DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE:  The Department of Psychology and Counseling at McNeese State University seeks to hire one full-time tenure-track faculty member in its ABAI accredited master’s program in ABA. The successful candidate will join three other ABA faculty in an 9-member department housed in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The program has an onsite ABA clinic and pediatric feeding program which supports our student internships, and strong collaboration with faculty in the Counseling programs. Faculty often receive financial support for research and teaching initiatives through the college and university endowed professor funds and technology enhancement awards. Conference travel is encouraged and supported by Departmental funding.

Our program is enthusiastic about teaching and student research with a breadth of ABA courses offered within the curriculum and a year-long research sequence that culminates in publication- quality research for all students. Faculty enjoy flexible schedules that include both face-to-face instruction and online teaching along with optional summer teaching opportunities. Qualified candidates must hold certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field with interest and training in applied behavior analysis. The ideal candidates will also value teaching, evidence-based practice, and have research experience. ABD candidates will also be happily considered.

Our on-campus graduate program in ABA is currently nationally accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) ® with an approved Verified Course Sequence (VCS). The department is committed to the ongoing ABAI accreditation of the master’s concentration in ABA.

Additional information about the Department of Psychology and Counseling can be viewed at www.mcneese.edu/nursing/psychology. Additional information about McNeese State University can be viewed at https://www.mcneese.edu/.

DEPARTMENT: Psychology and Counseling


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of student research (e.g., theses and other projects), supervision (e.g., practicum/internship) of students enrolled in our Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accredited master’s concentration in ABA, university and community service, advising, modeling ethical behavior, and research/scholarship. Assistant Professors will work closely with students and faculty in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

Primary duties are centered around teaching and involvement in our ABA graduate concentration. Opportunities for publication quality research and collaboration with our skilled clinical staff are also available within the program via our on-site ABA clinic. Successful candidates are expected to behave in accordance with the overall mission and philosophy of our University and graduate program.

Job Perks:

  • Offering up to $2,500.00 in reimbursement towards relocation expenses.
  • Opportunities for salary supplement through paid summer teaching available upon request.
  • Excellent fringe benefits including tuition reduction for employee, spouse, and dependent children; excellent healthcare benefits; and reimbursement for professional development needs such as CEUs towards mandatory BCBA/BCBA-D credential and conference travel.
  • Seed money for new faculty development (e.g., establishing your research laboratory, hiring a graduate assistant, academic expenditures, etc.).

About McNeese State University, Psychology and Counseling Department

McNeese State University was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1938 and opened its doors for its first fall session on September 11, 1939, with 140 students and just three buildings. The institution was first named the Lake Charles Junior College and was a division of Louisiana State University. The following fall, the school changed its name to John McNeese Junior College to honor John McNeese, a renowned Southwest Louisiana educator and the first superintendent of schools in Imperial Calcasieu Parish. In 1950, McNeese became a four-year college in its own right and came under the authority of the Louisiana Board of Education and would receive accreditation in 1954 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Finally, in 1970, McNeese State University became the official name of the institution.

McNeese, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, consists of the 122-acre main campus, the 65-acre Doland Athletics Complex that includes the state-of-the-art Legacy Center, the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center, the Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing, KBYS 88.3 FM Radio Station and three working farms with over 1,200 acres of property used for research, farming, and ranching. The main campus comprises over 50 buildings including the three original structures – Kaufman Hall, Ralph O. Ward Memorial Gym (the Arena), and Francis G. Bulber Auditorium, a striking example of Art Deco architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For over eight decades, the institution has been recognized as one of the finest regional universities in the South. McNeese is a dynamic, student-centric university comprised of students from throughout Louisiana, the United States, and over 50 countries.

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