Co-Dir, Intl Disaster Psych Prgm & Dir of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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 Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, 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.

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 diversity, equity, and inclusion 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. GSPP 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.

The International Disaster Psychology (IDP) Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health is a 2 -year Master’s Program within GSPP developed in 2005.  In additional to providing master’s level training in general clinical psychology, the program meets a clear need for specialized knowledge and experience to work in the trauma, disaster and global mental health fields. 

In our training program student receive intensive academic coursework, supervised training in providing mental health services within the TDRC as well as in domestic and international field-placements.  Supervised experiences also include training and consulting with agencies, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluation psychosocial interventions domestically and abroad.  Our 2-year curriculum and practicum experiences help students develop a background in global mental health, a field focusing on methods for increasing mental health workforces in low-resource communities, addressing stigma regarding mental illness and mental health care and expanding beyond Western treatment models.

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 Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) is the training clinic within the PPC for the International Disaster Psychological Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health.  It was established in 2015.  The TDRC provides psychological support to individuals and communities who have experienced stress, adversity and/or trauma.  We utilize an integrative, need and strengths-based approach that is culturally informed.  Faculty members in the IDP Program supervise students in the TDRC.  For more information on the TDRC see our website:  

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver seeks a faculty member for a 10-month, open-rank, tenure-track position. The position includes responsibilities in administration, teaching, supervision, scholarship and service. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace. 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, research, and service.  

The position includes 12-month administrative appointments as the co-director of the Master’s Program in International Disaster Psychology (IDP): Trauma and Global Mental Health and as GSPP’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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.

This is an open-rank position that will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidate’s documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • 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 halfway 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.

As Co-Director of the IDP Program, this position involves oversight and coordination of the academic program and ongoing development of the curriculum to meet quality, relevance, and accreditation standards and goals. The Co-Director will engage in strategic planning, budget management, and provide leadership within the school. In addition, this position will supervise and mentor faculty and project staff and actively participate in recruitment and admissions. Scholarly duties include conducting and guiding applied research, mentoring/supervising student participation in that work, producing scholarly work and securing external funding. The position will teach courses in the International Disaster Psychology: Trauma & Global Mental Health Program, which will likely include providing clinical supervision for students. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.  In recognition that the strongest drivers of mental health inequalities are social disparities in socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, the IDP Program recognizes that cultural competency curriculum needs to be complimented by structural competency curriculum.  Our curriculum exposes students to the social determinants of health, both nationally and internationally, and then to ways clinicians can intervene through collaboration with community organizations, non-health institutions (such as schools and corrections), and policy makers. We would therefore require that applicants understand the intersections between clinical practice and public health and policy.

As Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for GSPP, this role will provide leadership on increasing accountability and transparency meeting GSPP’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The position serves all of GSPP’s academic programs and will engage students, faculty, and staff to foster an inclusive climate and culture at GSPP. The role will coordinate existing efforts, including empowering and supporting student-led initiatives. This work will require fostering positive working relationships with individuals in departments across the University to both utilize and improve University resources and initiatives. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to professional psychology model.
  • Knowledge of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of psychology.
  • 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 innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of global mental health and/or disaster mental health, intervention, applied research and/or program evaluation.
  • Knowledge in the intersection of clinical psychology, global public health, global mental health delivery and/or disaster mental health.
  • Knowledge, ability and skills in multicultural psychology and evidence of effective engagement with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Strong teaching and interpersonal skills.
  • Administrative abilities to manage all aspects of the program.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology or a closely related field.
  • At least two years of teaching, training, and/or supervision experience at the graduate level.
  • Licensed or license-eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.
  • Expertise in the area of global mental health and/or disaster mental health. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience securing external funding for projects.
  • Experience administering projects or programs.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by December 1, 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. CV
  2. Cover letter 
  3. Names and contact information for three references who will be asked to upload letters 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.