Associate or Full Professor and PsyD Director

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

About the University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, R1 doctoral-granting university with robust undergraduate and graduate education. DU has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national, and international partnerships. The University plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic, and educational vibrancy of the fast-growing city and region it calls home. DU has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The DEI Action Plan serves as a guide to DU’s abiding commitment to truly embodying a forward-looking institution and community where all can belong, contribute, and thrive and incudes three senior administrators in the chancellor’s cabinet who have direct accountability for DEI work.

The University of Denver is located on a 125-acre campus less than 30 minutes from downtown. The beautiful campus has sweeping views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Both the city of Denver and the state of Colorado are attractive destinations. The neighborhood surrounding the university features many amenities, including parks, farmers’ markets, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation, convenient shopping, and many recreational opportunities. The University is actively engaging in efforts to open the doors of campus to the surrounding neighborhood and the city of Denver and foster a great sense of belonging for the DU community.

About the Graduate School of Professional Psychology

At the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), our goal is to transform the way we think about and approach mental health and wellness. We do so through groundbreaking academic programs and experiential training that aims to ensure we can better meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to developing exceptional practitioners and scholars by offering a well-rounded approach to education. Every single one of our programs blends valuable academic offerings, intensive field-based training, cutting-edge applied research, and constructive community engagement. Our academic programs are rooted in our history of service and have developed over time to meet the growing needs of society. For more information, please visit

GSPP was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail (practitioner-scholar) training model. GSPP currently also offers four specialized master’s programs: Forensic Psychology, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, Sport and Performance Psychology, and Sport Coaching, as well as online certificates and continuing education. The School also has a partially affiliated, APA-accredited internship consortium and several in-house and satellite psychology training clinics that serve Denver and the surrounding communities. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship.

Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in its mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed an atmosphere of mutual respect with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with minoritized identities.

About the PsyD Program

The PsyD program was one of the first established in the nation, created in 1976 and accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation in 1979. With approximately 150 students and 15 core faculty members, the program is one of the largest, most competitive, and most comprehensive PsyD programs in the country, with a high number of applicants, low admission rate (under 10%), and excellent internship match record. The mission of the PsyD program is to educate practitioner-scholars who have foundational interpersonal and scientific skills and a functional mastery of psychological assessment and intervention, and who can apply this knowledge and skill in a range of settings. Students provide psychotherapy and psychological assessments to the Denver community in the on-campus training clinic, the Professional Psychology Clinic (with multiple sub-clinics), and through over 200 field placements. Students are also connected with internships, postdoctoral fellowships, mentorships, and professional development opportunities to help ensure professional success. The program is committed to providing broad-based training that provides students the basis for general practice, with an adequate foundation for students to pursue clinical interests in a variety of specialty areas, including Forensic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Neuropsychology, Latinx Psychology, Military Psychology, Perinatal through Five Mental Health, Health Psychology, and Substance Use Disorder Psychology.

GSPP seeks to train students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Our required year-long multicultural sequence ensures that students are prepared to work with diverse populations. Although more progress is needed, the PsyD Program endeavors to create an accessible, affirming, and safe climate by actively engaging in the process of systemic transformation and accountability. 

Position Summary

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) seeks a faculty member who will serve as the Director of the PsyD Program. This is a ten-month, tenure-track faculty position in the PsyD program that also holds a twelve-month administrative role, as the PsyD Program operates year-round.

The PsyD program seeks a Director whose dedication to teaching and applied practice will support our mission of setting standards for the field academically and professionally. Duties include management of the PsyD Program, including: American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation and implementing necessary program changes; hiring, supervising, and mentoring core and adjunct faculty; overseeing PsyD faculty activities including teaching, advising, service, clinical training, research and external funding; and promoting an inclusive and collaborative culture among students, faculty, and staff. This work requires extraordinary administrative and leadership skills to be successful within complex and changing systems. As a core faculty member, duties also include teaching, service, and scholarship. In accordance with GSPP’s faculty workload guidelines, there are negotiable releases from these faculty duties given the Director’s significant administrative responsibilities, and there is a small summer stipend. The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program Director reports directly to the Dean of GSPP. Start date is flexible but no later than September 2022.

This position will be filled at the Associate or Full Professor Rank and will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidate’s documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/scholars with a strong, documented record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. If the chosen candidate is deemed to have background and experience commensurate with this rank, consideration for tenure may be completed at the time of hire.
  • Professors will be candidates at the top of the profession as teacher/scholars with an extensive, strong, documented excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Often candidates will have received awards for their scholarship and teaching and have evidence of functioning as a mentor to other faculty. If the chosen candidate is deemed to have background and experience commensurate with this rank, consideration for tenure may be completed at the time of hire.

Essential Functions


Oversee all aspects of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, including the following:

  • Management of the degree program to ensure congruence with the educational goals of the program and of the university.
  • Hiring, mentorship, and supervision of core and adjunct faculty and staff and overseeing all faculty activities including teaching, supervision, service, administration of specialty areas and clinics, practica, and internships.
  • Development and supervision of the reconfigured Director of Clinical Training role who will also serve as Associate Director of the PsyD program and may supervise some of the PsyD faculty.
  • Development of a curriculum that upholds our values of quality and integrity.
  • Management of communication with students, including annual updating of the Training Handbook.
  • Management of student success including recruiting, orienting, teaching, training, evaluating, and remediating.
  • Advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Management of APA accreditation, including annual reports, self studies, and site visits.
  • Organization and chairing of faculty meetings.
  • Maintenance of the program budget and externally funded projects, including grants and philanthropy.
  • Creative development and support of program growth and innovation.
  • Leadership of collaborative problem-solving, conflict resolution, and process improvement with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Interface with university and school administration.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

Participate as a core faculty member, including the following activities:

  • Teach and advise in the PsyD program (reduced workload).
  • Participate in admissions process, doctoral papers, and competency exams.
  • Contribute to a model workplace to promote mutual respect.
  • Advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to professional psychology model.
  • Relevant knowledge of and sustained commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with excellent and timely follow-through.
  • Ability to maintain the integrity and advancement of the program.
  • Ability to think innovatively about the direction of the program academically, technologically, and financially and advocate for the program across each of these levels.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills including kindness, compassion, respect for all shareholders including faculty, staff, and students, flexibility, an ability to bring diverse people and ideas together.

Required Qualifications

  • Psy.D. or Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Administration, teaching, training, and supervision experience at the graduate level.
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training.
  • Experience working in an NCSPP program at the doctoral level.
  • Research and publication record in education and training.
  • Evidence of innovation in program development and sustainability.
  • Leadership with expertise in psychotherapy and multicultural issues.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, March 28th, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $130,000 and will depend on the determined rank.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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