Details - Clinical Assistant Professor, GSPP Forensic Psychology Program (2023)

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

About the University of Denver
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, R1 doctoral-granting university with robust undergraduate and graduate education. DU has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national, and international partnerships. The University plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic, and educational vibrancy of the fast-growing city and region it calls home. DU has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The DEI Action Plan serves as a guide to DU’s abiding commitment to truly embodying a forward-looking institution and community where all can belong, contribute, and thrive and incudes three senior administrators in the chancellor’s cabinet who have direct accountability for DEI work.

The University of Denver is located on a 125-acre campus less than 30 minutes from downtown. The beautiful campus has sweeping views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Both the city of Denver and the state of Colorado are attractive destinations. The neighborhood surrounding the university features many amenities, including parks, farmers’ markets, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation, convenient shopping, and many recreational opportunities. The University is actively engaging in efforts to open the doors of campus to the surrounding neighborhood and the city of Denver and foster a great sense of belonging for the DU community.

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 field-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 certificates and continuing education. The School 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.

Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in its mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed an atmosphere of mutual respect with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with minoritized identities.

About the MAFP Program
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) Program was founded in 1999 to incorporate master’s level clinical training with coursework and practicum experiences at the intersection of psychology and law. The program ties the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills and competencies to the civil and criminal legal systems. It is designed to train mental health professionals to work effectively in a variety of roles across systems and settings, and with members of diverse, often minoritized and under-resourced, communities.

The MAFP Program academic year runs from September to June and consists of three quarters. MAFP students typically take 5-6 courses per quarter under a “lockstep” model in which cohort members take required courses together, in sequence. Students are generally in class 2 days per week and participate in field placement (practicum) on other days. MAFP classes are generally held between 8 am and 8 pm, Monday through Thursday, although specific schedules vary by quarter and are subject to change. MAFP courses range from 1 to 5 quarter credits; most required courses are 2-3 quarter credits. Cohort sizes are generally 30-35 students.

About Denver FIRST
The University of Denver’s Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) serves as a regional hub for expertise in forensic mental health. Operated within GSPP and integrated with the MAFP program, Denver FIRST fosters community and university partnerships through a host of research, service, and training opportunities. We foster community and university partnerships through a host of research, service and training opportunities. Current projects and partnerships include work with adults and juveniles involved with the criminal justice system. Areas of particular expertise include forensic mental health evaluations, outpatient competency restoration, immigration/asylum issues and forensic neuropsychology. Our policy and advocacy work focuses on improving forensic mental health systems, ensuring standards for professionals and evaluations, and advocating for legislative reform for marginalized persons. Our accomplished faculty members hold a wide range of forensic psychology expertise. By engaging in research, clinical services and training, we aim to improve forensic mental health practices locally and globally.

Position Summary

The MAFP Program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver (DU) seeks a faculty member for a full-time, 10-month, benefited, clinical-track position. We seek a colleague who is passionate about preparing students in a clinically-focused, master’s-level training program to become ethical, competent, and culturally informed practitioners, scholars, leaders, and advocates in the forensic psychology field.

Duties will include teaching and service; scholarship expectations for clinical faculty are minimal, but may be negotiated. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace. Additional mentoring and career development opportunities are available through membership within GSPP and across the DU campus. This is a full-time, benefited position.

The appointment will commence on September 1, 2023.

This non-tenure-track position will be filled at the Clinical Assistant Professor rank, in accordance with the GSPP and University of Denver’s Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion & Tenure: Assistant Professors should have the terminal degree appropriate to their field or its equivalent, plus some teaching experience. They should be well-qualified to teach at the graduate level. Candidates for Assistant Professor may have less than 7 years of professional experience.

Essential Functions

The University, through its faculty, engages in a variety of professional functions, such as teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity, shared governance, and professional/public service. The relative priority of these functions carried out by colleges, schools, divisions, departments, centers, and individual faculty members should and does vary.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, service, student mentorship, and community-engaged research. Duties in these areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching, as a clinical-line faculty member, 9 courses at the graduate level (because DU operates on the quarter system, this equates to 3 courses at a time, or the equivalent of 6 courses over an academic year in a traditional semester system);
  • Advising, supervising, and mentoring students in the MAFP Program;
  • Participating in the “life cycle” of the academic unit, including assisting with the admissions process, orientation, and competency exams, and exit interviews for the MAFP Program, as well as weekly meetings, periodic retreats, and any required trainings;
  • Performing meaningful institutional service and participating in governance at the program, college, and university level as well as professional service to local, national, and/or international communities;
  • Contributing to a model workplace to promote mutual respect;
  • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice across various aspects of the position; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

In addition to teaching, most faculty take on administrative roles to support the forensic program; these administrative roles provide course release and a small stipend. As an example, one administrative role involves overseeing MAFP field placements (practicum), including:

  • Assisting with the preparation and distribution of field placement selection materials in Fall and Winter Quarters;
  • Facilitating the selection process for both first- and second-year placements;
  • Confirming appropriate documentation of field placement paperwork (e.g., selection forms, evaluations, documentation of hours);
  • Supporting students and field placement agencies, including addressing questions, concerns, and challenges that arise with regard to practicum;
  • Providing regular updates to faculty and the MAFP Director regarding field placement information
  • Administrative opportunities for faculty may vary depending on program needs, faculty qualifications, and interests.

This position will also provide significant service to the program, including student support and mentorship. Although this is a 10-month appointment with teaching responsibilities taking place during the academic year (September through June), faculty may have limited continuing responsibilities during the months of July and August, such as advising, participating in meetings, clinical supervision and/or supporting research, grants, and other funding projects, and similar ongoing obligations. In general these commitments will be minimal; however, a summer stipend may be available for faculty members with significant program-related duties during these months.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the capacity for outstanding teaching at the graduate level.
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative, collegial environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse communities or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Relevant knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, equity, and access in education.
  • Ability and willingness to incorporate relevant, timely, and inclusive course material.
  • Ability to effectively receive and incorporate feedback.
  • Ability to meet changing course and program needs (e.g., last-minute modality changes due to COVID, evolving licensure requirements).

Required Qualifications

  • We seek candidates with PsyD or PhD degrees (or their equivalent), relevant professional experience, and a commitment to outstanding, inclusive, and culturally-informed classroom teaching.
  • An earned doctorate in clinical or forensic psychology or a closely related field
  • Licensed or license eligible as an LPC or psychologist in Colorado
  • Experience in teaching, supervision, and/or relevant professional experience, commensurate with Clinical Assistant line and rank
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching, clinical service, research, and/or training appropriate to the missions of the MAFP program and Denver FIRST
  • Knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to effectively engage with diverse individuals and communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years post-doctoral experience in the field of forensic psychology
  • Experience conducting forensic mental health evaluations
  • Experience treating adults and adolescents
  • Practical knowledge about competency restoration, traumatic brain injury, justice-involved youth
  • Accomplished graduate level teaching and mentorship that reflects a variety of instructional approaches and/or curricular perspectives to engage diverse populations and learning styles
  • A demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and social justice advocacy in education
  • A demonstrated record of institutional and professional engagement
  • A demonstrated record of participation in grant writing and external funding processes

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

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

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). MAFP Program coursesrun 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., so course schedules may require evening teaching.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 25, 2023.Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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 $75,000-$90,000.

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
3. A brief statement (1-2 pages) describing your perspective on integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice into your professional work.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans 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; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; 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; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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


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