Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The Department of Psychology ( is a research-oriented department that values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation. By investing in the people who comprise our department, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment. Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good.

Our department’s vision, to be an inclusive intellectual community that fosters discovery and innovation, is embedded within the University of Denver’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The University values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about our commitments at the University of Denver, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals through scholarship, teaching, and service.  Our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program is APA-accredited and ascribes to a clinical science model, including membership in the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.  We are a broad clinical program with a specialty emphasis in children, adolescents, and families.   

The University of Denver is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to more than 3 million people. Our metropolitan location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. The University is comprised of approximately 5800 undergraduates (including 700 psychology majors), 5500 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty. The University recently received recognition as an R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Position Summary

We seek a licensed or license-eligible clinical psychologist for a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor position in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program (3-year position, with the potential for the position to be extended).  We are a clinical science program that highly values evidence-based practice. We have a specialty emphasis in children, adolescents, and families and our Center for Child and Family Psychology primarily serves these populations. We value high-quality clinical training and all core faculty provide clinical supervision. 

The individual will teach a total of 6 course equivalents per year as assigned, divided between supervising clinical PhD graduate students in clinical work and teaching graduate & undergraduate courses. The exact breakdown of course equivalents is anticipated to be approximately 3-4 supervision sections and 2-3 courses, but final assignment will be dependent on departmental needs.

The individual in this position will be a valued member of our collaborative clinical supervision group and may provide both individual and group supervision in intervention and assessment. Strong familiarity with evidence-based child and family therapeutic approaches is essential, and supervisory experience is preferred. Clinical supervisors are expected to meet weekly with trainees for didactics and case-specific supervision (individual and/or group supervision), watch videos of client sessions, oversee clinical administrative tasks, and ensure compliance with ethical and legal statutes.

All youth-focused, licensed or license-eligible clinical psychologists are encouraged to apply; specialization in evidence-based therapy approaches for externalizing behavior problems (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy/PCIT, Parent Management Training/PMT, and other behavioral parenting approaches) and/or expertise in comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessment approaches (e.g., integration of structured clinical interview, questionnaire, and cognitive & academic testing data) is highly desirable.  Applicants who contribute to the university’s mission to serve the public good and those who have experience working with traditionally underserved populations are especially encouraged to apply.

The position start date is Sept. 1, 2024 and end date is June 30, 2027, with 10-month appointments September through June each year for 3 years. Opportunities to teach or supervise during the 2-months off-contract will likely also be available. Interested applicants who would prefer an early start date are encouraged to apply and indicate this earlier start date interest. All questions can be directed to Department Chair, Sarah Watamura, PhD at

Essential Functions

  • Teach 6 in-person course equivalents as assigned, divided among clinical supervision and graduate and undergraduate courses.

The exact breakdown of course equivalents is anticipated to be approximately 3-4 supervision sections and 2-3 courses, but final assignment will be dependent on departmental needs. The graduate and undergraduate courses can include both University and department core requirements and elective, specialized courses. Coordination with the department chair and clinic director will occur to determine the exact breakdown of assignments.

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education and aptitude for excellence in teaching and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and have a growth-oriented approach to DEI work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Evidence of or strong potential for effective teaching and clinical supervision.
  • Experience working with diverse clinical populations and commitment to providing culturally responsive supervision.
  • Expertise in evidence-based practice.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.
  • Licensed or license eligible in the state of Colorado.
  • Experience providing evidence-based clinical services for youth and their families.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience providing clinical supervision using evidence-based approaches for youth and their families.
  • Experience using evidence-based therapy approaches for externalizing behavior problems and/or conducting comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments.
  • Experience working with diverse clinical populations.
  • Licensed in the state of Colorado

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Ability to sit or stand in front of a classroom for an extended period of time.
3. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 30th, 2023.

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 $75,000-$90,000.

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. Letter of interest
  2. Statement of teaching and clinical approaches
    1. This statement should describe the candidate’s experience providing clinical supervision, using specific evidence-based and culturally responsive interventions and/or assessments, and teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses. It should also describe the candidate’s general approach to providing clinical supervision and teaching.
  3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement
    1. The separate DEI statement should be a succinct description of how the candidate’s clinical work, research, teaching, and/or service contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion. (
  4. C.V.
  5. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide letters of recommendation.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran 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; the Americans with Disabilities Act; 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; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

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

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