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University of Denver Professor (Open Rank), Military and/or Health Psychology, Graduate School of Professional Psychology in Denver, Colorado

The University of Denver (DU) is a top ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the then-new Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, as well as online certificates and continuing education. The School also has a partially-affiliated, APA-accredited internship consortium, and several in-house and satellite 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. Our strategic plan Innovation and Impact: Psychology for a Complex Worldoutlines how we are building on our academic strengths in order to expand our community reach.

All GSPP programs provide comprehensive academic and applied training within an academic environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self- determined functioning. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation. The School is educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver seeks a faculty member for a 10-month, tenure-track, open-rank position with a specialty in military and/or health psychology. This faculty member will primarily teach in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program, with a focus on developing and teaching three to four courses about military psychology and/or health psychology and oncology psychology. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

In addition to providing and enhancing the PsyD program’s academic training in military and/or health psychology, this position will have opportunities to provide and enhance clinical training and community outreach through our on-site and satellite psychology training clinics and through the development of embedded psychology and field placement training in community agencies. This aspect of the position requires community outreach, project development and administration, and engagement with a variety of external funding sources, including grants and philanthropy. Working with our psychology training clinics requires partnering with clinic directors to provide coverage, supervision, and support student training. Finally, there are opportunities to develop and improve systems of data collection for applied research in ways that are supportive and meaningful for the client experience and student training.

Duties of core PsyD faculty include teaching, advising, supervising, conducting applied research to produce scholarship, and serving the School and the University (such as, participating in student competency exams, faculty meetings, and the admissions process, and serving as chair or committee member on PsyD doctoral papers). Scholarly duties include conducting and guiding applied research, mentoring/supervising student participation in that work, producing scholarly work, developing projects for external funding, securing grants and other external funding for these projects, and administering these projects.

Appointment, tenure, and promotion for this role will be governed by the University of Denver’s Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure.In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.

This is an open-rank position that will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidate’s documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of experience post- doctorate with strong, documented potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion and tenure, and a mid-tenure review will occur halfway through the appointment time at the assistant rank.
  • 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 this rank, consideration for tenure may be completed at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to professional psychology model.
  • Strong teaching, applied research, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to engage conflict resolution to mediate student issues.
  • Ability to problem-solve to address complex challenges associated with innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology or a closely related field.
  • Licensed or licensed-eligible in Colorado.
  • At least two years of teaching, training, supervision, and/or applied research experience at the doctoral level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to effectively engage with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience securing external funding for projects.
  • Specialized expertise and experience around military psychology and/or health psychology.
  • Applicants with Military service background will be prioritized.

Application Deadline Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair Dr. Kim Gorgens at

Salary Range Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Please see our extensive benefit package at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter*
  3. Names and contact information of three individuals that can serve as references.

*In their cover letter, candidates should include a statement identifying the courses they feel competent to teach and additional courses that they would be qualified and interested in offering to attract new students. Currently, the following elective courses are offered: Health Psychology, Integrated Primary Care, Military Psychology and the Culture of Warfighting, Evidence-based Practice for Military-related Health Disparities, Behavioral Medicine & Interprofessional Healthcare in Military/Veterans, Introduction to Psychosocial Oncology, and Interprofessional Systems in Healthcare.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Job no: 493195

Work type: Faculty Full-Time

Location: Denver, CO

Categories: Faculty

Advertised: August 12, 2020

Applications close: Open until filled