Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Focus
University of the District of Columbia, Department College of Arts and Sciences
United States

The University of the District of Columbia, College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences invites applications for one (1) faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor of Psychology with a clinical focus in the Psychology Program. The target start date is August 16, 2019.

The University of the District of Columbia is a public, comprehensive university with an urban land-grant distinction. It is the District of Columbia’s only public institution of higher education. It has historically been a minority serving institution. The University serves approximately 5,600 students across its certificate, two-year, baccalaureate, masters, and professional programs. The Washington metropolitan community provides an exceptional learning laboratory for faculty, staff, and students. The resources of the National Institutes of Health, the Library of Congress, and the Consortium of Universities of Washington, DC offer endless supports for teaching and research within the discipline and collaboratively.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers a wide range of programs in education, sciences, social sciences, and the visual and performing arts. As UDC’s largest college, CAS is home to 24 degree and certificate programs. In addition, the College fulfills its land grant mission through outreach programs and services that impact the lives of many citizens of the District of Columbia. CAS provides leadership through innovative programming that fosters better educational and developmental services for preschool children; improves the quality of life for senior citizens; and collaborates with other neighborhood groups and the Metropolitan Police to reduce violence in the city's neighborhoods.

The Psychology program is housed in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares students with the skills and values required to address urban societal issues as competent, ethical, and empathic professionals. The degree is also the pathway to graduate and professional study and entry level employment in research or psychology-related areas.

General Description of the Job:

The Associate Professor of Psychology - Clinical Focus will be responsible for teaching core undergraduate courses in the Psychology program and possess specific expertise in the biological and sociological bases of human behavior focusing on Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, and Social Psychology. The ideal candidate must be able to design and supervise capstone research projects for undergraduate psychology students.They are expected to participate in outreach activities to federal, state/local, and community stakeholders. Other duties include development and the monitoring of clinical experiential activities in addition to participation in program, division, college, and university service activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate courses in Psychology, specifically Neuroscience Lecture & Lab, Sensation & Perception, Psychopharmacology. Courses in Social Psychology include Psychology of Multicultural Relations, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Psychology of Racism and other core Psychology courses.
  • Supervise capstone research projects in Senior Seminar and evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers using rubrics and other student-centered approaches.
  • Develop and monitor clinical and experiential student centered activities.
  • Conduct research in the discipline, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media that are consistent with the direction of the academic program.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their instructional area by reading current literature, collaborating with colleagues, participating in professional conferences, and designing online materials to enhance academic performance.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom student-centered instruction and discussions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades and other required records.
  • Advise and mentor students on academic and career issues including undergraduate internships in the discipline.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, program, division, college matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Maintain currency in the use of software and technology in the classroom.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from an APA accredited program and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research.
  • Minimum of six years of experience teaching Psychology courses at the college/university level.
  • Minimum of five years of demonstrable experience in clinical interventions with children & young adults.
  • Knowledge of the core areas of the discipline of Psychology, specifically the areas of Neuroscience and Social Psychology
  • A record of successful teaching to undergraduate students and a philosophy of instructional pedagogy that is student-centered
  • Proven ability and background in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrated excellence in pursing external research funding as part of a program-wide effort to develop a strong research infrastructure
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate students in research activities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of general principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching, and instruction for individuals and groups of undergraduate students, and the measurement/assessment of learning effects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A demonstrated work ethic that promotes teamwork, organizational leadership and collaboration with colleagues and faculty from external stakeholders including community members, government agencies, program, division and University-wide committees.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse populations both in the classroom and in the community while showing sensitivity to variations across age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, language, cultural, national origin, sexual identity or orientation, as well as prior training and educational experiences.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by National Education Association (NEA) and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application. 

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Talent Management at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: opportunity/.

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