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Associate or Full Professor and PsyD Director

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado (US)
$85,000- $135,000.
Date posted
Apr 22, 2024

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About the Graduate School of Professional Psychology

At the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), our goal is to transform the way we think about and approach mental health and wellness. We do so through groundbreaking academic programs and experiential training that aims to ensure we can better meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to developing exceptional practitioners and scholars by offering a well-rounded approach to education. Every single one of our programs blends valuable academic offerings, intensive practicum-based training, cutting-edge applied research, and constructive community engagement. Our academic programs are rooted in our history of service and have developed over time to meet the growing needs of society. For more information, please visit

GSPP was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail (practitioner-scholar) training model. GSPP currently also offers four specialized master’s programs: Forensic Psychology, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, Sport and Performance Psychology, and Sport Coaching, as well as online graduate certificates and continuing education, and an undergraduate major and minor in Kinesiology and Sport Studies. GSPP 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. Although more progress is needed, GSPP endeavors to create an accessible, affirming, and safe climate by actively engaging in the process of systemic transformation and accountability.

About the PsyD Program

The PsyD program was one of the first established in the nation, created in 1976 and accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation in 1979. With approximately 150 students and 15 core faculty members, the program is one of the largest, most competitive, and most comprehensive PsyD programs in the country, with a high number of applicants, low admission rate (under 10%), and excellent internship match record (typically 100%). The mission of the PsyD program is to educate practitioner-scholars who have foundational interpersonal and scientific skills and a functional mastery of psychological assessment and intervention, and who can apply this knowledge and skill in a range of settings. Students provide psychotherapy and psychological assessments to the Denver community in the on-campus training clinic, the Professional Psychology Clinic (with multiple sub-clinics), and through over 200 practicum placements. Students are also connected with internships, postdoctoral fellowships, mentorships, and professional development opportunities to help support professional success. The program is committed to providing broad-based training that provides students the basis for general practice, with an adequate foundation for students to pursue clinical interests in a variety of specialty areas.

GSPP trains students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Our required year-long multicultural sequence prepares students to work with diverse populations.


Position Summary

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) seeks a faculty member and Director of the PsyD Program. This is a ten-month, tenure-track faculty position in the PsyD program with an ongoing twelve-month administrative appointment as PsyD Director, because the PsyD Program operates year-round.

The PsyD program seeks a Director whose dedication to teaching and applied practice will support our mission of setting standards for the field academically and professionally. Duties include management of the PsyD Program, including: American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation and implementing necessary program changes; hiring, supervising, and mentoring core and adjunct faculty; overseeing PsyD faculty activities including teaching, advising, service, clinical training, research and external funding; and promoting an inclusive and collaborative culture among students, faculty, and staff. This work requires extraordinary administrative and leadership skills to be successful within complex and changing systems. As a core faculty member, duties also include teaching, service, and scholarship. In accordance with GSPP’s faculty workload guidelines, there are negotiable releases from these faculty duties given the Director’s significant administrative responsibilities, and there is a modest summer stipend. The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program Director reports directly to the Dean of GSPP. The start date is flexible but no later than September 2024.

This position will be filled at the Associate or Full Professor rank and will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidate’s documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • 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 the rank of Associate or Professor, consideration for credit of years of experience toward tenure or, in exceptional situations, tenure may be completed at the time of hire if the candidate meets GSPP and DU criteria.

Essential Functions


Oversee all aspects of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, including the following:

  • Management of the degree program to ensure congruence and compliance with the educational goals of the program and of the university;
  • Hiring, mentorship, and supervision of core and adjunct faculty and staff and overseeing all faculty activities including teaching, advising, supervision, service, administration of specialty areas and clinics, practica, and internships;
  • Supervision of the Director of Clinical Training role, who will also serve as Associate Director of the PsyD program and may supervise some of the PsyD faculty;
  • Oversight of the PsyD program curriculum to uphold the quality of curriculum and to meet APA standards of education and training
  • Management of communication with students, including annual updating of the PsyD Program Manual;
  • Overseeing student success including recruiting, orienting, teaching, training, evaluating, and remediating;
  • Provides oversight and management over the PsyD Doctoral Paper process with support from the Associate Program Director and core faculty;
  • Advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in all aspects of program functioning;
  • Management of APA accreditation, including development of annual reports, completion of interim report, and site visits;
  • Organization and chairing of PsyD faculty meetings;
  • Maintenance of the PsyD program budget and collaboration with the Associate Dean of Applied Research and Sponsored Program of externally funded projects, including grants and philanthropy;
  • Intentional program development, such as curriculum redesign and supporting applied research;
  • Leadership of collaborative problem-solving, conflict resolution, and process improvement with students, faculty, and staff; and
  • Liaise with university and school administration.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

Participate as a core faculty member, including the following activities:

  • Teaching courses at the graduate level. A full-time, tenure-line faculty typically teaches 6 courses at the graduate level
  • DU operates on the quarter system, 6 courses equate to an average of 2 courses in a single quarter, or the equivalent of 4 three-credit hour courses over an academic year in a traditional semester system). This position receives course releases for administrative duties but will teach at least 1 course per year;
  • Advising students in the PsyD Program;
  • Performing meaningful institutional service and participating in governance at the program, college, and university level;
  • Leading the “life cycle” of the program, including student-facing activities, such as orientation, supervision, advising processes, collaboration with the DCT on competency exams for the PsyD Program and overseeing program benchmarks and faculty-facing activities, such as, performance evaluation, mentoring weekly meetings, periodic retreats, and any required trainings;
  • Regular collaboration with the DCT, clinic directors, Practicum Director and Associate Deans
  • Engaging in and sustaining a research agenda in applied and community-based research, including seeking external funding;
  • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; and
  • Other duties as assigned. (Duties will be negotiated and balanced based on program development/needs.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to professional psychology model
  • Relevant knowledge of and sustained commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with excellent and timely follow-through
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the capacity for outstanding teaching at the graduate level
  • Strong technology skills, including familiarity with MS Office suite and newer technology such as AI platforms and virtual meeting platforms to be successful as a faculty member and leader
  • Ability to develop and maintain policies and procedures that promote transparency and accountability
  • Ability to maintain the integrity and advancement of the program
  • Ability to think innovatively about the direction of the program academically, technologically, and financially and advocate for the program across each of these levels

Required Qualifications

  • Psy.D. or Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • Administration, teaching, training, and supervision experience at the graduate level
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training
  • Experience working in an NCSPP program at the doctoral level
  • Research and publication record in education and training
  • Evidence of innovation in program development and sustainability
  • Leadership with expertise in psychotherapy and multicultural issues

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance

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 consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 3, 2024

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 $85,000- $135,000.

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. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter

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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