Hi, I'm a social psychologist and I'm thinking about applying for some business school positions this year. I was wondering if anyone from a business school could weigh in on how relevant materials (i.e., cover letter and research statement) would differ for these positions relative to positions in a psychology department. Thanks!
I don't have an answer to this question, but am instead bumping this thread because I too am curious about applying for jobs in B-Schools as a social psychologist. Any advice would indeed be much appreciated.
Same here. I'd like to bump this up because I'm a social psychologist applying to B-schools as well and would like to know if anyone has done this and how the apps differ. Thanks!
It is possible, but you have to show that you can publish in top journals that are relevant to the your department. I assume most psychologists would apply to marketing departments and the competition is very strong. As an outsider, you also need to show that you can teach classes such as consumer behavior, decision making and so on. I know some people that made the move but most of them had planned for years and targeted the relevant journals they knew will increase their chances to lend a job. If you do get a job there though you are very lucky as they pay much much more than the average psych position.
I have a number of friends who have successfully gotten jobs in B-schools. Some at the very top tier. Their "on the DL" comments were that it was easier to get in as a professor in business schools than in psychology departments. I only have anecdotal evidence of that, so I have NO idea if it is true. Also, these colleagues did work that fit well with business models so….
I have anecdotal evidence of that as well. And in case it isn't obvious, the pay is a LOT better, too.
The pay is literally 2+ times the pay for psychology.
On the downside, Business schools are notorious for valuing only a small set of specific "A" journals in their field, like Journal of Consumer Psychology, and process to publishing there is similar to JPSP. So, for example, your Psych Science publication might help a little, but not too much.
On the upside, competition for jobs is way less than in social psych, you can get a good job with only a few publications.
I'm in social as well. I've applied to bschools.
The research statement and cover letter are no different from a psych department, you do NOT need to adapt so that your research has "business implications".
However, this only applies to top business schools (think of the best 5 bschools in the country), and I heard that top bschools are substantially different from lower rank ones, which focuses much more on organizational psychology etc.