Assistant or Associate Professor in School Psychology

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

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver (DU) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure track (or tenured) Assistant or Associate Professor position in the School Psychology (SP) program that resides within the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences (TLS). We are looking for a colleague with an established record of scholarly excellence and leadership grounded in social justice with minoritized populations and whose work focuses on early learners and emphasizes family, school, community partnerships or academic assessment and intervention.  

This position will commence on September 1, 2023.  Our review of applicants will begin on December 5, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  For general questions regarding the application or recruitment process, please contact  For other inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Maria T. Riva, at

About DU

The individual who fills this position will promote the University’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good and embody its mission to promote inclusive excellence through active partnerships with local, national and global communities. DU, the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, is located in the vibrant city of Denver known for its world class access to the arts, museums, corporations, public and governmental agencies, and a multitude of recreational areas. Situated in this thriving, metropolitan community, DU is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to promoting inclusiveness throughout the organization. As a recently recognized R1 university, DU boasts a high level of research activity and enrolls approximately 12,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs. DU has been recognized as one of the top 100 colleges in the US by the Wall Street Journal/Times and has recently adopted a resolution to incorporate sweeping changes to further innovate transformative teaching, learning, and research to address society’s pressing problems.

About MCE and the TLS Department  

MCE is a leader in innovative and effective approaches to promote learning throughout the lifespan through the improvement of education, mental health, and information services and systems. Home to nearly 70 faculty, 50 staff, and 1,000 domestic and international graduate students, the College provides 20 graduate-level degree and certificate options across 10 programs with in-person, online, and hybrid learning options. Our excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service also is reflected in the affiliated and collaborative work of our research centers: the Marsico Institute of Early Learning, the Center for Rural School Health & Education (CRSHE), and the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center. Additionally, the College includes two schools: the Fisher Early Learning Center and the Ricks Center for Gifted Children.

There are ample opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship with colleagues who reside in one of the five MCE departments: Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education, Research Methods and Information Science, and Teaching and Learning Sciences (TLS), where the School Psychology program resides. Collaboratively, the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology programs share a clinic space, providing counseling and educational services to the community at large.

The major program areas represented in the TLS department are School Psychology, Teacher Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood Special Education, Gifted Education, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, with degrees offered at the masters, educational specialist, and doctoral levels along with certificates, specializations, and concentrations. The Department is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with diverse populations.

About the SP Program

The SP program currently serves a diverse community of graduate students who are enrolled full-time in either a masters (MA), an educational specialist (EdS), or a doctoral (PhD) program. The EdS and the PhD programs are accredited by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and the PhD program is also accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The program is fully aligned with the mission of DU and MCE to train highly ethical, capable, and equity focused leaders who employ innovative and effective approaches to advance lifelong learning, development, and wellness within a rapidly changing, global society. Our program philosophy is built upon an ecological, scientist-practitioner training model emphasizing the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and sensitivity to diverse human experiences and cultures. We seek to graduate professionals who are competent consumers, collaborators, interventionists, and advocates for prevention and empirically valid practice as they work on behalf of students, families, schools, and communities. Students complete integrated coursework and supervised experiences at our on-campus clinic and during fieldwork at local and national school districts and clinical and community agencies. Our graduates leave with an appreciation of the interrelationship between environmental, neurobiological, and cultural influences on education and mental health and with strong skills in general and special education, supportive intervention, collaborative problem-solving, and the promotion of family involvement in development and education. Our alums work as professors, researchers, school psychologists, consultants, and government officials.

Position Summary

We seek a colleague who is passionate about preparing school psychology professionals as bold leaders who have dispositions and competence to collaboratively develop, implement, and evaluate equitable and inclusive services to enhance academic progress and mental health. The highest standards of professional competence, multicultural sensitivity, and commitment to social justice are stressed throughout the program. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of equity-focused research, teaching, and service to promote partnerships across homes, schools and communities that contribute to students’ educational and life success from birth to age 21. A solid understanding of statistical and research methods, community engaged scholarship, developmental and learning theories, general and special education, and legal, ethical, and professional standards of practice is expected. Competency in assessment, prevention, intervention, and consultation is also preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, service, and research.

Essential Functions

  • The ideal candidate will maintain and grow the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the essential functions of a faculty member.


  • Engage in and sustain a research agenda in applied and community-based research focused on family-school-community partnerships, academic intervention, or assessment and intervention with early learners.
  • Seek external funding

Teaching & Mentoring

  • Teach graduate level theory- and skill-based courses on family-school collaboration and educational assessment and intervention.
  • Advise graduate students
  • Mentor student research and masters theses and doctoral dissertations


  • Perform meaningful institutional service to the program, college, and university as well as professional service to local, national, and international communities.
  • Participate in program area, department, college, and university governance.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctorate in School Psychology or a closely related field.
  • A demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and social justice advocacy in education.
  • An established research and scholarship record, commensurate with rank.
  • Accomplished graduate level teaching and mentorship that reflects a variety of instructional approaches and/or curricular perspectives to engage diverse populations and learning styles, commensurate with rank.
  • Knowledge of school systems and work with students receiving general and special education or other exceptional populations.
  • A demonstrated record of institutional and professional leadership.
  • A demonstrated record of seeking external funding.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Eligible for Psychologist Licensure in Colorado.
  • Experience working in a P-12 school setting.
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. If Associate Professor rank is granted, consideration for tenure will also occur at the time of hire to consider if the candidate meets the MCE tenure criteria.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 12:00 noon (MST) December 5, 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 $76,000-$95,000.

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 explaining: a) your commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, b) philosophy of teaching, including prior teaching and clinical experience, and c) areas of scholarship with an indication of directions for future research.
3. Copies of 3 recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles compiled into one document.
4. A list of 3 individuals who can serve as professional references.

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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