Assistant/Associate Professor: Marriage and Family Therapy

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

The Department of Counseling and School Psychology is seeking a colleague to join us as an Assistant or Associate Professor of our Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and to contribute to our vision of educational equity through the preparation of marriage and family therapists serving diverse students, families, schools, and communities.

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is a Master’s degree program that provides an integrated course of study grounded in systemic-social constructionist theories and practices. Primary objectives include the preparation of culturally proficient MFTs, the fulfillment of Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) standards, and the qualification of students for state MFT licensure eligibility.  Supported by our community-based clinical training facility located in the most diversely populated area of San Diego, the program is committed to preparing students to work with the issues of urban families and to serving the community.  The program emphasizes personal growth, clinical preparation, foundational research skills, and social responsibility.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy or related field.
  • Multicultural/cross-cultural (including gender) proficiency.
  • Experience with culturally diverse families and larger social systems.
  • Teaching and supervision experience at the graduate level.
  • Strong experience in systemic-social constructionist therapies with a focus on the family-larger systems intersection.
  • MFT or license-eligible in California; AAMFT Clinical member; Approved Supervisor or Approved Supervisor Candidate.
  • Strong scholarship; articulated research agenda informing program and department goals.   

Desired characteristics

  • Bilingual Spanish, or other languages of large ethnic minorities in Southern California. E.g. Southeast Asian languages, Middle Eastern Languages.
  • Familiarity with COAMFTE accreditation standards and process.
  • Collaborative working style.
  • Expertise in culture-specific practice, supervision, social constructionist ideas and practices, and/or family violence.
  • Skills in grant writing or record of external funding.
  • Involvement in professional organizations through presentation, membership and leadership.
  • Commitment to social responsibility and social access.
  • Skills and specialization in some combination in one or more of the following areas:  Multicultural/cross-cultural marriage and family therapy theory and practice; MFT clinical supervision; Case management; systems of care for the severely mentally ill; Advocacy for the severely mentally ill, and collaborative treatment; Larger systems assessment and intervention (e.g. trauma-informed care, refugee/immigrant experience, addressing violence and racism); Family therapy in schools; Home-based therapies; Qualitative and quantitative research; Grant-writing.
  • Interest in future academic and program leadership.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teaching in one or more of the following areas: culturally responsive family, group, and larger systems assessment and change processes, multicultural individual and family development, culturally appropriate use of assessment instruments, and family-school intervention in multicultural schools, recovery movement, trauma-informed care, family therapy with immigrant and refugee families, other larger systems interventions coursework.
  • Active research agenda and strong scholarship and emerging publication record.  
  • MFT clinical supervision.
  • Masters project supervision and mentorship.
  • Service through university-community linkages.

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. It is part of the California State University system, and is considered one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index as the No. 1 small research university in the nation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. Additional information about the University is available at 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.

The College of Education’s graduate programs are among the best in the nation. The Marriage & Family Therapy program is housed in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) within the College of Education (NCATE-accredited). The department offers four additional graduate programs: School Counseling (M.S. degree and credential), School Psychology (M.A. degree & Ed.S.), an online M.A. in Education (Counseling) and Community-Based Multicultural Counseling (M.S. degree and LPCC), and an undergraduate Minor in Counseling and Social Change.

Search committees will begin screening applications from October 15, 2017.  While applications will continue to be received until the position is filled, submission by the date indicated will ensure full consideration.  Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio at

For questions, please contact Gerald Monk, Chair, MFT Search Committee 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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