Assistant Professor: School Psychology

San Diego, California
Jun 27, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution





The Department seeks a school psychology faculty member to contribute to the preparation of culturally diverse and competent leaders in school psychology. We seek a dynamic individual who can work successfully in our shared, systemically oriented collaborative faculty core, as well as contribute to the development of a doctoral program. The School Psychology Program is a four-year integrated graduate-professional program culminating in the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology and the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology. The program faculty are passionate about preparing school psychologists to be systems change agents, interventionists, and consultants in culturally diverse schools. A commitment to human diversity, educational equity, and social justice permeates our program and is supported through multiple grant opportunities to develop related specializations. A model for systemic change supports the program in preparing culturally competent school psychologists who work toward educational equity in the public schools. This model recognizes the reciprocal relationships amongst and between an articulated philosophy that values diversity; recruiting diverse students, faculty, field supervisors, and other role models; infusing multi-cultural content, issues, and perspectives in the curriculum and faculty members’ research agendas; extensive hands-on and experiential learning in culturally diverse schools; and providing community, mentorship, and financial support for our students.


San Diego State University is part of the California State University system, and is considered one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. The College of Education’s graduate programs are among the best in the nation. The School Psychology program is housed in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) within the College of Education (NCATE-accredited). The department offers three additional graduate programs: School Counseling (M.S. degree and credential), Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S. degree), and Community-Based Multicultural Counseling (M.S. degree and LPCC), and an undergraduate Minor in Counseling and Social Change.


Required: Applicant should have an earned doctorate in school psychology or closely related field. We seek a professionally credentialed, nationally certified school psychology faculty member with practice-based knowledge and established relationships with school districts, whose applied research with an outcomes-based emphasis would position him/her to secure external funding. Thus, this new faculty member will bring research skills compatible with doctoral mentoring, external grant writing, and research agendas in some combination of the following areas:

  1. Bilingual issues in assessment and intervention: Improving outcomes for English language learners and special populations.
  2. Cultural competency within school psychology: Examining and analyzing culturally affirming and responsive evidence-based interventions focused on academic, behavioral, and mental health support.
  3. Response-to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered Systems of Services (MTSS) within multicultural schools.
  4. School-based mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Preferably, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

In addition, they may contribute to supervision of: (a) school-site based instruction integrating research, theory, and practice; (b) fieldwork and/or practicum with accompanying professional development seminar; and/or (c) student research.

Preferred: Experience working in K-12 public schools as a school psychologist, especially with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and/or School Psychology certification/credential. Bilingual. BCBA certified.


Primary teaching responsibility is in a 90+ credit school psychology graduate program, in such areas as assessment-intervention, RTI/MTSS, consultation, mental health, qualitative and quantitative research, multicultural counseling, and intervention. Other responsibilities include supervision and advisement of graduate students in school psychology at the specialist level, service on university, college, department, and program committees, active development of research, and community engagement.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Position begins January 2018.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Review of applications will begin August 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should complete the online application at

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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