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Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Department

Pacifica Graduate Institute
Santa Barbara County, California
$80,000 - $85,000 annually plus benefits
Posted Date
Feb 22, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Counseling Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute is comprised of two depth psychologically focused graduate degree programs, an MA and a PsyD, centered on the preparation of students for licensure as an LMFT and/or LPCC (MA program) or as a Psychologist (PsyD program). The department values a collegial and interpersonal approach to teaching and learning, with a focus on pursuit of licensure and students’ professionalization, where faculty, staff, and students work collaboratively to support student success.

The candidate for a core faculty role will be a fully licensed clinician with a passion for teaching, student support, and participating in collaborative departmental and institutional pedagogical work from a depth psychological lens.


The department is currently recruiting for three core faculty roles, at least one of which will be focused at the doctoral level PsyD program. The hiring committee will begin its candidate reviews in mid-April. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation electronically.




  • 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 Dissertation defenses for committees on which core faculty member serves. 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 institutional faculty governance and committee work as directed


  • Teach the equivalent of 18 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 OR 10 Comprehensive Examinations for the PsyD Counseling Psychology Program Administer Annual Assessments to PsyD Counseling Psychology students as assigned by Department Chair.


  • Serve as Portfolio Thesis Advisor for 10 MA Counseling Psychology program students OR provide 10 PsyD Counseling Psychology dissertation commitments (a commitment equals one chair appointment or two reader appointments) OR an equivalent combination across the two 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 WSCUC 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.

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.


Current active licensure required as an LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or Psychologist.


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.


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.     


Pacifica Graduate Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by nondiscrimination policy.


$80,000 - $85,000 salary commensurate with experience.

Academic Year:                 2023-2024


Job Title:                           Core Faculty


Department:                      Counseling Psychology


Supervisor:                        Department Chair(s)


Status:                               regular, full-time, exempt



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