Interim Assistant PsyD Program Director and/or Visiting Clinical Faculty, Assistant or Associate Rank

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

About the University of Denver

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

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 masters 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, 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 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 PsyD program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) seeks a faculty member to serve as Interim Assistant PsyD Program Director. This is a temporary assignment that will begin immediately and continue through August 2023. The role reports to the PsyD Program Director. While some duties may be fulfilled remotely, the expectation is for this individual to work at least part-time on campus.

This administrative role will help provide stability and consistency for students, staff, and faculty through several leadership transitions in the program. The role will assist the current PsyD Program Director Dr. Terri Davis until her departure in August 2022 and will manage the transition to a new PsyD Program Director in fall 2022. In the event of a brief (fewer than six months) gap between the departure of the current PsyD Program Director and the start of the new PsyD Program Director, this role may be considered for appointment as Interim PsyD Program Director to bridge that gap. In addition, this role will continue to serve in an Interim Assistant PsyD Program Director capacity throughout the 2022-2023 academic year while the permanent Assistant PsyD Program Director and Director of Clinical Training role is defined, posted in fall 2022 and hired to start fall 2023. Individuals who may wish to apply for the permanent Assistant PsyD Program Director and Director of Clinical Training role in fall 2022 are welcome and invited to apply for the Interim Assistant PsyD Program Director role now.

For DU-Appointed Faculty interested in this role: This administrative role will be factored into the faculty members workload, either through release from existing administrative, teaching, scholarship, or service duties or through overload, according to GSPPs faculty workload guidelines and the faculty members current workload and status (i.e., part-time or full-time). There is also a small summer stipend since this program is year-round.

For Adjunct Faculty or Candidates not employed by DU: If the selected candidate is not currently an appointed faculty member at DU, there would be an appointment as a Visiting Clinical faculty member through summer 2023, with rank determined according to DUs Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure guidelines.

This is an assistant- or associate-rank position that will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidates documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • Clinical Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of experience post-doctorate with strong, documented potential for excellence in teaching, clinical practice, and scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion.
  • Clinical Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/practitioner/scholars with a strong, documented record of excellence in teaching, clinical practice, scholarship, and service.

Essential Functions

Assist the PsyD Program Director in all activities as requested. Example activities include:

  • Help hire, onboard, and supervise adjunct faculty in the PsyD Program.
  • Assist with APA annual reports and website updates.
  • Update materials such as the student handbook.
  • Facilitate PsyD faculty meetings and/or take minutes.
  • Complete student and alumni paperwork such as licensure, transfer of credit, and course waiver requests.
  • Assist academic advisors with student issues including grievances, remediation plans, etc.
  • Help with recruiting students, including presenting at open houses.
  • Assist with the orientation of new students.
  • Assist with the hiring, onboarding, and supervision of appointed PsyD faculty as needed.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of PsyD program leadership.
  • Assist with PsyD document management and digitization.
  • Consult with faculty, staff, students to support the PsyD Program Director in creating and implementing a transition plan to onboard the new PsyD Program Director, including learning, documenting, and then training on PsyD program processes.
  • Contribute to a model workplace and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at GSPP.
  • Teaching, scholarship, and service expectations are negotiable based on the administrative focus of this interim position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to professional psychology model.
  • Exceptionally strong administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Exacting attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to use a variety of technological tools, including online platforms and the MS Office Suite of programs.
  • Ability to work with a diverse and multicultural pool of students and applicants.
  • Ability to anticipate challenges/issues and problem solve.
  • Ability to exhibit solid sense of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Ability to adapt to changing organizational structures and job demands with a sense of flexibility and orientation toward the needs of the team.

Required Qualifications

  • Psy.D. or Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Experience in an administrative position within psychology.
  • Teaching, training, and supervision experience at the graduate level.
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a NCSPP program at doctoral level.
  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training.
  • Research and publication record in education and training.

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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:
For DU-Appointed Faculty, this administrative role will be factored into the faculty members workload, either through release from existing administrative, teaching, scholarship, or service duties or through overload, depending on the candidates current workload and status (i.e., part-time or full-time). Based on GSPPs faculty workload guidelines, this role will likely have a four course release during the academic year and summer stipend of $2000.

If an adjunct faculty member or candidate not currently employed by DU Is appointed as a Visiting Clinical faculty member at the assistant or associate rank, the salary would be $75,000 - $100,000, depending on rank and experience.

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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