Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program, tenure-track – Moraga, CA
Saint Mary’s College invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in School Psychology in the Counseling Department in the College’s Kalmanovitz School of Education beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. The work is collegial in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse campus environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated, and expressed through its Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts traditions.
The Kalmanovitz School of Education is a student-centered learning community that inspires innovation in counseling, education, and leadership. Through the practice of shared inquiry, active and collaborative learning, and learning through service to society, we empower our students to deliver excellence and lead change according to the principles of social justice. The school is known for partnerships emphasizing community engagement, action research, and community-based research, and it is developing demonstrable strength in environmental literacy, Lasallian education, and urban education.
The Counseling Department offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with seven specializations: Career Counseling, College Student Services, General, Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Clinical Counseling, College Student Services/Professional Clinical Counseling, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Students may complete more than one specialization by taking additional courses and completing all required field placement experiences.
The Counseling Department provides a supportive learning environment that fosters students’ personal growth and wellness, as well as professional development as counselors. Faculty members are committed to a holistic, multicultural approach to counseling, emphasizing the systemic interconnection among the psychological, physical, spiritual, and socio-cultural dimensions of our lives. Ultimately, students integrate academic knowledge and clinical experience with their own quality of being to become authentic, competent helping professionals. The Counseling Department is a year-round program, with a 14-15 week fall semester, 5-week January Term, 14-15 week spring semester, and a 6-8 week summer term. Full-time faculty members are assigned courses during the traditional 9-month academic year with summer term courses taught primarily by part-time faculty. To meet the needs of professional working adults, classes are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, with some Saturday courses/sessions.
Responsibilities include: Teach a variety of graduate counseling courses, including foundational core courses and advanced specialization courses, especially those in the school psychology track. The Assistant Professor in School Psychology may be assigned by the Department Chair to participate in other teaching-related activities equivalent to 18 semester units in an academic year. Work collegially and actively with other Counseling Department faculty on program/curriculum evaluation, assessment, development, and other projects and tasks, along with assessment and student evaluation in terms of Counseling Department Competencies, State of California CTC standards, National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) training standards, BBS educational requirements, and WASC requirements. Assist the Department Chair and other counseling department faculty in meeting California accreditation standards for Pupil Personnel Services Credentials in School Counseling and School Psychology, NASP, and/or the Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT/LPCC). Serve as advisor to assigned students. Post and hold a minimum of four office hours per week to accommodate the schedules of students and advisees. Participate in department and Kalmanovitz School of Education activities, meetings, and committees. Serve on College committees, and attend general Academic Senate meetings, Commencements, and other special convocations or College events, when possible. Perform instruction substitution for faculty colleagues. Participate in student admissions interviews and decision-making. Engage in scholarly and professional activities, along with attending conferences, workshops, and meetings consistent with professional and scholarly development. Develop effective and collaborative relationships within the program, school, and with other areas of the College.
Saint Mary’s College of California is a private, Catholic, comprehensive and co-educational university that engages students in rigorous critical thinking, promotes social justice, and educates for human fulfillment consistent with its liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions. The de La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring Saint Mary’s heritage to life. Located on a stunning 420-acre campus in the Moraga Hills outside of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s is known for its rigorous liberal arts education and its high quality graduate programs, including business, education, counseling, leadership, and the arts. Saint Mary’s has a diverse student body of approximately 4,000 students, and the College’s practices and policies reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected and supported.
For more information about Saint Mary’s mission and history, see: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/about-smc/our-mission.
Hold a doctoral degree school psychology, or a closely related discipline, by the start of classes. Have a minimum of three years full-time experience (or the equivalent) working as a credentialed school psychologist. Demonstrated commitment to student-centered learning and holistic and humanistic counseling and education. Demonstrated commitment to rigorous graduate level teaching and counselor education and training. Ability to teach foundational core courses and advanced specialization courses in school psychology. Experience teaching school psychology or related coursework in a graduate counseling program (highly desirable). Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) (highly desirable). Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn relevant state and national standards that pertain to counseling specialization(s) [e.g., California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Pupil Personnel Services credentials), Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT, LPCC, & LEP), CAMFT/CALPCC, AAMFT, ACA, NBCC, ASCA, NASP]. Demonstrated commitment to diverse multicultural populations and to social justice. At least 3 years of experience working effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse students in prek-12, higher education, psychotherapy/counseling, or social service delivery setting. Evidence of research trajectory and scholarly activity in the field, along with a commitment to scholarship and professional activity at state, national, and international levels. Demonstrated appreciation of and deep respect for the learning/teaching environment and for the students, staff, and faculty who comprise it. Willingness to embrace the mission of Saint Mary’s College of California and its Lasallian, Catholic, and Liberal Arts traditions.
The College has been designated a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution; many Saint Mary’s students are first-generation-to-college. Successful candidates must be able to engage and support students of color, women, and other underrepresented groups, and will be interested in participating in initiatives that aim to increase inclusivity.
Priority will be given to those who apply before March 26, 2021, but applications received after this date will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
A completed application includes:
A letter of interest addressing qualifications relative to the responsibilities described above (Required).
A statement detailing the candidate’s demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations and describing their commitment to socially just practices in school psychology (Required).
A current curriculum vita (Required).
A sample psychoeducational report (Required).
Course syllabi (Required).
Your most recent teaching evaluations (Desirable).
The name and contact information for three (3) professional or academic references (Required)
References from persons who have direct observation of the candidate’s clinical and/or teaching experiences (Desirable).
Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the College will contact references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry.
Please apply online at SMC’s Full-Time Faculty Openings page. For further inquiries contact Professor Bedford Palmer, chair of the Education Counseling department, at email@example.com.