Clinical Professor (Open Rank) and Professional Psychology Clinic Director

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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 ethnic and cultural diversity of the Denver Metro area includes a Latino/Hispanic population that represents about a third of the population, a strong and visible African American community, a diverse array of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, and a similarly diverse population of refugees and immigrants from East Africa. 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 Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. In addition to its broad and general education in Clinical Psychology, PsyD program also provides specialty training in a variety of socially responsive service areas, including in Latinx Psychology, Military Psychology, Health/Oncology Psychology, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders.  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 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. 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.

As part of our training model, GSPP offers a broad range of confidential and evidence-based mental health care to the Denver community through multiple specialized clinics. Our Professional Psychology Clinic (PPC) has provided low-cost, high-quality psychological services to the Denver community for over 30 years and houses a number of specialty clinics to work with specific populations. The PPC is one of the largest psychology training clinics in the United States, with more than 200 students providing more than 11,000 hours of therapy and assessment services each year.

All GSPP programs promote comprehensive academic and applied training within an environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning. The School is committed to 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. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology 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, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

This open-rank faculty role is a 10-month position in the clinical professional series with responsibilities in administration, teaching, and service. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace. The position includes a 12-month administrative appointment as Professional Psychology Clinic Director, which includes a small stipend. It is expected that this administrative appointment will be held for at least 5 years. The position reports to the PsyD Program Director. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.  

Administration: The PsyD Clinic Director will oversee all aspects of the Professional Psychology Clinic. All clinical services are provided under the license of the Clinic Director, who is therefore responsible for quality of care provided by therapists and quality of supervision provided by core and adjunct faculty as well as volunteer and contract-based supervisors from the community. In order to maintain high quality of care, the role requires close collaboration with community supervisors, faculty, staff, students, and referral sources. The PsyD Clinic Director will work closely with the Director of Clinical Operations to ensure that clinic policies and processes support excellent clinical training and outcomes. While screening protocols ideally prevent or minimize high-risk situations, the Clinic Director provides clinical guidance and on-site coverage to assist student therapists with managing challenging client situations and/or crises, including by placing emergency holds. In addition, this position has opportunities for leadership among clinics in other academic programs at GSPP and across the University, where collaborative partnerships to provide clinical services are underway. This position has opportunities to build on and maintain the strong foundation of GSPP’s success while also nurturing innovative approaches to clinical training through telehealth, data collection and outcomes assessment, fundraising and grant-writing, the development of faculty supervision practices, and community engagement.

Teaching and Service: Duties of core PsyD faculty include teaching, advising, supervising, and mentoring students. Faculty members serv GSPP and the University (e.g., participating in student competency exams, faculty meetings, and the admissions process, and serving as chair or committee member on PsyD doctoral papers). The position will teach courses in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program, which will likely include providing clinical supervision for students. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.

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. The position is likely to be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, but appointment at a higher rank will be considered for a candidate with exceptional experience:

  • 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, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion, and a reappointment review will take place before the fourth year at the assistant rank.
  • Clinical Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/practitioner/scholars with a strong, documented record of excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration and/or scholarship.
  • Clinical Professors will be candidates at the top of the profession as teacher/practitioner/scholars with extensive, strong, documented excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship. Often candidates will have received awards for their teaching and have evidence of functioning as a mentor to other faculty.

Essential Functions


  • Provide clinical oversight of Professional Psychology Clinic with more than 200 student therapists.
  • Ensure that program and American Psychological Association requirements are fulfilled.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteer, contract-based, and faculty supervisors to provide individual supervision and group supervision to student therapists.
  • Provide mentorship and constructive feedback to supervisors to promote best clinical practices and appropriately address conflicts between supervisors and students.
  • Review evaluations by students and supervisors in order to address concerns.
  • Assign incoming and transferring cases to student therapists and supervisors.
  • Work closely with clinic supervisors, faculty advisors, clinic assistants, and staff to ensure clinic information is communicated effectively.
  • Create effective quality assurance processes to ensure required student paperwork is correctly completed.
  • Orient entering students and new faculty and staff to clinic processes, policies, expectations, and requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Clinical Operations and the other faculty clinic directors, develop, enforce, and improve processes and policies to support excellent clinical training in alignment with University resources and protocols.
  • Advise GSPP colleagues on department policy, HIPAA, and statutory legal questions regarding clinics.
  • Actively participate in the development of specialty and/or satellite clinics to support innovation within GSPPs resources and protocols.
  • Engage with community members to increase visibility of the PPC.
  • Create fundraising and grant-writing opportunities to pursue meaningful opportunities for innovation in service provision.
  • Collaborate across campus and with other psychology training clinics nationwide to adopt and promote best practices.

Teaching and Advising

  • Teach practice-informed courses to fulfill needs of the PsyD program, with the teaching load and specific courses to be determined in discussions with the PsyD Program Director and Associate Dean. 
  • Provide high-quality advising for students in accordance with GSPP, DU, and APA protocols.
  • Maintain high teaching standards informed by best practices in pedagogy and leveraging available technologies to improve the student experience.
  • Provide clinical supervision, participation in competency exams, serve on and chair doctoral papers.
  • Pursue professional development to enhance leadership.


  • Exhibit good citizenship through collaboration and service on committees to support GSPP, the University, community, and national and global efforts to improve the practice of psychology
  • Participate in the PsyD admissions process.
  • Uphold GSPPs commitment to inclusive excellence and to be a model workplace through all professional activities.

Other Functions

  • Scholarship in the form of clinical knowledge creation and dissemination typically represent a small portion of a clinical faculty members workload.
  • Based on the administrative focus of this role, these expectations can be negotiated with the PsyD Program Director.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the practitioner-scholar model.
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and teaching skills.
  • Ability to engage conflict resolution to mediate student issues.
  • Ability to problem-solve to address complex challenges associated with community service and innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • PsyD or PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • At least five years of teaching, training, and/or supervision experience at the doctoral level.
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience directing a training clinic or community mental health clinic.
  • Experience as a training director.
  • Experience working in NCSPP program at the doctoral level.
  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by October 23, 2020. Applications will continue to 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
The salary range for this position is $72,000 - $120,000/annually. 

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. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide a letter of recommendation

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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