Professor (Open Rank), Forensic Psychology

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

The University of Denver (DU) is a top ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the then-new Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, 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 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. Our strategic plan Innovation and Impact: Psychology for a Complex World outlines how we are building on our academic strengths in order to expand our community reach.

All GSPP programs provide comprehensive academic and applied training within an academic environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning. The School is educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere 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 marginalized identities.

The Master’s Program in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) was established in 1999; it is clinically-oriented with research opportunities. The MAFP program takes two academic years, with each year including three quarters of coursework and a field placement averaging 12 hours a week. Most graduates of the program become master’s-level clinicians, about one-third pursue a doctoral degree or law degree, and a substantial minority enter law enforcement. For more information, see

Denver FIRST (the University of Denver’s Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training) serves as a regional hub for all things forensic and is a recognized go-to site for expertise in forensic mental health. Operated within GSPP and integrated with the MAFP program, Denver FIRST fosters community and university partnerships through a host of research, service, and training opportunities. Current projects and partnerships include, but are not limited to, working with incarcerated adults, child welfare cases, juveniles on probation, recently released adult offenders, offenders with neuropsychological deficits, animal cruelty cases, immigration matters, and persons facing competency issues in a variety of court settings.

Each member of our distinguished MAFP faculty serves as a core member of the institute, and we also have several noted DU faculty and community forensic leaders serving in various affiliated roles. For more information, see

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver seeks a faculty member for a 10-month, tenure-track, open-rank position to teach primarily in the MAFP program and serve as a core member of Denver FIRST.

Duties of core MAFP faculty include teaching, advising, supervising, and participating in the department and across the University (such as, participating in student competency exams, faculty meetings, and the admissions process, and serving as chair or committee member on PsyD doctoral papers). Scholarly duties include conducting and guiding research, producing scholarly work, and securing external funding. Additional duties of this position include administration and student supervision of Denver FIRST’s outpatient competency restoration program.

Appointment, tenure, and promotion for this role will be governed by the University of Denver’s Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.

This is an open-rank position that will be appointed at the level most aligned with the candidate's experience:

  • Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of experience post-doctorate with strong, documented potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion and tenure, and a mid-tenure review will occur half-way through the appointment time at the assistant rank.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctorate in clinical or forensic psychology or a closely related field
  • Licensed or licensed-eligible in Colorado
  • A demonstrated record in teaching, clinical service, research, and training appropriate to the missions of the MAFP program and Denver FIRST

Preferred Qualifications

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching, research, applied practice, supervision, external funding, and training
  • Forensic experience working with underserved populations
  • Experience as a clinical supervisor
  • Five to ten years post-doctoral experience
  • Practical knowledge about competency restoration/evaluations, juvenile offenders, and public policy and advocacy
  • Knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to effectively engage with diverse individuals and communities

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on January 10, 2020.

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

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter,
    • Please describe in your cover letter how your scholarship/service contributes to diversity and inclusivity.
  3. Please also include a statement identifying which courses you feel competent to teach and additional courses or programs that you would be qualified and interested in offering to attract new students.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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

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