Assistant or Associate Professor, Family Therapy and Social Work

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The Department of Family Therapy and Social Work in the School of Education and Human Development invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Associate Professor position in the COAMFTE- accredited Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program beginning Fall 2023.

The successful candidate will have the clinical expertise and experience to teach and supervise Master’s students from a Structural Family Therapy perspective. Preference will be given to candidates with the qualifications to assume the role of the Program Director overseeing and administering all aspects of the program as outlined in the COAMFTE accreditation standards, including classroom instruction; curriculum development; and liaison within the Marriage and Family Therapy program and programs within the School of Education and Human Development. The teaching load is 3 courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and the use of technology in the classroom. The MFT Program Director works closely with the MFT Clinical Director/Koslow Center administrator on all issues related to MFT clinical training placements, is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the program meet accreditation standards and completes assessment reports as required.

Candidates must demonstrate experience and a commitment to the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a research/scholarly agenda including attention to social justice, power, oppression and/or health/mental health inequities. The candidate should demonstrate experience in engagement with disadvantaged populations and a commitment to the mission of advancing social justice in teaching, service, scholarship and clinical marriage and family therapy practice.

The mission, philosophy and diversity statements of the MFT program are the fundamental principles from which the educational outcomes of the program derive. These statements are based upon, and are congruent, with: (1) the Jesuit mission of Fairfield University, (2) the conceptual framework of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) and, (3) the professional, educational and training standards of the field. The Program’s statements clearly articulate the centrality and importance of the concepts of social justice, advocacy and cultural diversity.

Program Mission Statement
The MFT Program at Fairfield University is designed to prepare students for careers as competent professional marriage and family therapists by providing them with a solid conceptual knowledge base and the clinical skills necessary for effective practice. Students are exposed to the broad range of family systems theories and models with a particular emphasis on the utilization of the Structural and Strategic approaches. The program is dedicated to providing a learning context that fundamentally values diversity, nondiscrimination and the promotion of justice. The program seeks to educate students to be socially aware and ethically responsible professionals.

Program Philosophy Statement
The philosophy statement of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is an extension of the Mission Statement and incorporates the Conceptual Scholar Practitioner Framework of the SEHD and the Ignatian Jesuit values of the University. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program prepares graduates to believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and promotes the wellbeing of individuals, couples, families and communities, is committed to serving a diverse society; possesses strong conceptual and clinical knowledge and upholds the highest standards of professional conduct. The Program supports the development of intellectual rigor, personal integrity, multidisciplinary collaboration, informed decision-making, self- reflection and social responsibility.

Responsibilities include:
  • teaching courses in the marriage and family therapy program with an emphasis on Structural Family therapy

  • provision of supervision from a Structural Family Therapy approach

  • maintaining a research agenda and publication in peer-reviewed journals

  • service to the program, school, university and profession of marriage and family therapy

  • administrative responsibilities may include:

  • scheduling, evaluating, and updating course offerings;

  • implementing the conceptual framework and program objectives;

  • recommending teaching assignments, class schedules, and coordinating these assignments;

  • conducting program meetings;

  • developing and implementing procedures for advising students;

  • preparing an annual program report, both departmental and COAMFTE;

  • developing and maintaining the structure and content of the program in accordance with COAMFTE standards state guidelines;

  • preparing COAMFTE accreditation self-study and managing all aspects of the accreditation process in collaboration with the Clinical Director;

  • identifying and recommending adjunct faculty appointments for the program;

  • selecting, evaluating and supervising the graduate assistants in collaboration with the Clinical Director.

The successful candidate will:
  • Hold a doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program.

  • Demonstrate research, scholarship and practice experience with underserved groups.

  • Be licensed or license-eligible as LMFT in the state of Connecticut.

  • Demonstrated capacity to teach across the MFT curriculum including clinical practice and supervision.

  • Demonstrated use of family systems theories that inform the applicant’s research, teaching, clinical practice and supervision.

  • Have knowledge and experience using Structural and Strategic Family Therapy models, in teaching and supervision.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social justice in practice, teaching, and/or research.

  • Have experience implementing initiatives at program/departmental/community levels.

  • Be active in professional organizations and university service.

The salary and benefit package are competitive. The position is open until filled.

Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
For full consideration, please click “Apply Now” and upload the following materials:
  • a letter of application with a statement demonstrating commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • a curriculum vitae

  • a statement of teaching philosophy

  • a statement of approach to clinical supervision

  • a statement of research trajectory

  • samples of syllabi and teaching evaluations if applicable

  • samples of recent publications or written work showcasing research trajectory

  • unofficial graduate transcript

  • names and contact information for three references

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Fairfield University is a comprehensive, co-educational, Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located in the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT, one hour from New York City. Consistently ranked as a top comprehensive university in New England, Fairfield enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the School of Engineering, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical values.

Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Fairfield University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.
In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Fairfield University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from persons of color, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Fairfield University and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions are committed to social justice in their pursuit to address the world’s urgent problems.
To learn more about how Fairfield University supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University, please visit https://www.fairfield.edu/about-fairfield/mission-values-history/diversity-and-inclusive-excellence/index.html

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Rona Preli, Department Chair at rpreli@fairfield.edu .

Category:

Academic - Faculty Tenure/Tenure Track

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.

*Disclaimer

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