Director of Research/Core Faculty, MA Counseling Psychology Program

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 06, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

SUMMARY: Serve as core faculty for the Counseling Psychology Department, and provide oversight for the thesis and research portions of the MA Counseling Psychology program, including all research-related curriculum and processes for students to complete their required masters thesis.





  • Attend all departmental meetings, including:
    • Quarterly Faculty & Staff Council Meetings
    • Quarterly Department Management Council Meetings
    • Department Trainings, Gatherings, and Retreats
  • Attend all departmental student events, including:
    • Student Orientations in Fall Quarter, and as directed in other quarters
    • Closing Dinners for all cohorts
    • Summer Barbeque events for all cohorts
    • Thesis Presentation Day
  • Contribute to departmental planning and evaluation activities, including curriculum review, faculty search, program evaluation processes, creation and revision of departmental documents.
  • Faculty must be able to come to campus for academic sessions, community events, and faculty related meetings.



  • Attend Commencement ceremonies
  • Attend institutional events and gatherings as directed
  • Participate in Academic Senate and committee work as directed



  • Teach the equivalent of 9 units per year in the MA and/or PsyD Counseling Psychology programs (unit release may be accounted for in addendum contracts).
  • Support departmental development of curriculum and pedagogy in the MA and/or PsyD Counseling Psychology programs.
  • Provide substantive feedback on student papers, providing written feedback throughout the paper and at its end, including a written assessment and justification of the final grade. If a TA is utilized, it is the faculty member’s responsibility to review the TA’s work and ensure that they support comments and final grade.
  • Prepare and submit all course materials in established timeframe, including course syllabi, reading list (with clarity on sources and editions), online content creation/review, and back-up plans for coursework to fulfill emergency planning needs.
  • Incorporate cross-cultural perspectives and address relevant issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the treatment of course subject matter.



  • Participate in 2 program breakout information sessions for the MA and/or PsyD Counseling Psychology programs at Pacifica Experience Days each year.
  • Participate in 3 months of admissions file review for the Counseling Department each year.
  • Participate in 4 scheduled Interview Days for the Counseling Department each year
  • Support departmental admissions processes and developments.



  • Respond to all student inquiries within 72 hours, per the Student and Faculty Handbooks
  • Be available for student meetings during all academic sessions
  • Post office hours which are the equivalent of one day per week, during which time students may meet in person or electronically.
  • Serve as faculty mentor to students as assigned by Department Chair. Reach out to advisees and proactively assist them in completing the program in a quality way, making certain that they understand PGI policies and abide by them.



  • Administer 10 Oral Examinations for the MA Counseling Psychology Program



  • Support departmental assessment and accreditation activities as directed.
  • Abide by all BBS (LMFT and LPCC) and BOP (Licensed Psychologist) guidelines and regulations.
  • Participate in WASC visit and reporting activities as directed.



  • Maintain active LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or Psychologist licensure
  • Report any concerns or infractions regarding professional licensure to Department Chair immediately
  • Participate in research, writing, publication, and continuing education activities.



  • Claim one's fair share of the collective work of the academic unit as a fully engaged faculty citizen of the Institute.
  • Use one's professional agency to enhance the effectiveness of colleagues within and across the academic program(s) to achieve the work of the unit and institutional health.
  • Participate in Chair-directed activities required to create, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that sustains the program and the institute as an effective social institution.




  • Oversee Research program and thesis process for all 4 tracks in the MA Counseling Psychology Program.                
  • Supervise and Coordinate with Counseling Psychology Research Coordinator.                     
  • Supervise and coordinate with MA Counseling Psychology Research Associates including annual meetings and trainings.
  • Supervise and coordinate with MA Counseling Psychology Internal APA Proofreaders.
  • Manage MA Counseling Psychology thesis editors list.
  • Be present for office hours and informal meetings as needed and provide consultation to students, Thesis Advisors, and Research Associates by phone and e-mail.                                                
  • Conduct Thesis Advisor orientation during Fall quarter.                                                                  
  • Prepare annual budget for MA Counseling Psychology Research program.             
  • Track expenses for MA Counseling Psychology Research program throughout the year.                   
  • Revise the Counseling Psychology Student Papers Handbook and MA Counseling Psychology Thesis Handbook annually.                                                             
  • Plan and organize Thesis Presentation Day each spring including overseeing hosting of each track’s presentations, scheduling and production of program, format for students’ presentation, and coordination of site needs and numbers for lunch with administration and staff.
  • Oversee the management and updating of the thesis website on the Pacifica webpage.
  • Oversee the management and updating of the MA Counseling Psychology Program’s research and thesis component on Desire2Learn.                                                                     
  • Oversee the management and updating of the MA Counseling Psychology thesis folder on Pacifica’s M Drive including templates of all forms, letters, and processes.                                
  • Oversee Ethics Application process for students in all 4 tracks.                                                    
  • Work with the Department Chairs on the assignment and supervision of Thesis Advisors for all 4 tracks including Core and Associate Core faculty’s contractual obligations and limits regarding thesis advising.
  • Oversee Thesis Advisor contracts for all 4 tracks.  Provide Department Administrator with contract information for Thesis Advisors.                                                                               
  • Administer current and past records of advisor/advisee contracts, notifications

              of completion of thesis to Registrar, and Ethics Applications.

  • Work with Department Chairs to coordinate the assignment of instructors and the delivery of instruction for the research sequence of courses for all 4 tracks.              
  • Maintain log of students’ thesis status and completion for all 4 tracks.                    
  • Oversee and administer the process of submission of approved theses to ProQuest.        
  • Administer preparation of bound theses and distribution of bound theses to students,

Thesis Advisors, and Pacifica’s Graduate Research Library.

  • Maintain and administer archive of unbound theses and interdepartmental relations with

Pacifica’s Graduate Research Library.

  • Engage in periodic review and analysis of the research courses and structure and

               recommend modifications.

  • Engage in ongoing review of thesis process including effectiveness of advisor/advisee meetings, editors’ quality of work, standards Research Associates apply approving theses including APA style specifications, and quality of approved theses.                                                                        
  • Oversee distribution of Thesis Advisor evaluations, student evaluations, assessment of results, and maintenance of records.                                                                                                                                              
  • Develop assessment tools for use in the program’s research sequence of courses. Coordinate with faculty to ensure uniform use of the assessment tools regarding APA style specifications for all assigned papers and theses.                                
  • Coordinate with faculty to provide instruction to students and faculty about APA style specifications for all student papers and theses and adequate feedback regarding same.                        
  • Participate and represent the MA Counseling Psychology Program in meetings of the institutional Graduate Research Council.            
  • Work with Department Chairs and the Director of Institutional Research to facilitate institutional assessment.                                                               
  • Attend Counseling Psychology Faculty and Staff Council meetings and Department Management Council meetings and produce Research program’s report.
  • Respond to student emails and inquiries within 72 hours.
  • Attend quarterly departmental Faculty meetings, trainings, and events.
  • Attend all Student Orientations and Third Year Research Orientations in Fall Quarter.



  • One Research Coordinator
  • Four Research Associates
  • Three Internal APA Proofreaders


The preceding duties and responsibilities are subject to review and possible revision in conjunction with the annual evaluation process.



To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence and data; strong organizational, administrative, and time-management skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to identify issues and creatively problem-solve on a variety of issues; effective presentation and interpersonal skills; strong ability to exercise sound and experienced judgment based on a thorough knowledge; and ability to engender respect from staff.



M.A., Psy.D., Ed.D., or Ph.D. in related discipline for doctoral programs; minimum M.A. in related discipline for master’s programs.



Ability to read, write, speak, and receive instruction in English. Intermediate math required.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Ability to mediate and resolve issues; ability to determine issues and creatively problem-solve; ability to engage other departments in meaningful dialogue and articulate issues faced by the department; and ability to analyze the complex and make simple.



PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel).

General Office equipment.

PowerCampus experience preferred.

D2L experience preferred.



Active licensure as an LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or Psychologist.



Ability to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. Sometimes required to sit, climb and/or balance and stoop, kneel, and crouch. Close- and long-range vision and ability to lift 20 lbs.



Contributes to personal, cultural, and planetary concerns of this era through individual and/or collective activities and shepherd’s students in attainment of their educational goals.                                                                     






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