0.5 FTE Salaried Faculty Psychology Academic Advisor (Psychology)

Nov 14, 2020
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type

Job location: Remote

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2020-11-13
Req: R0005589

Job Description:

Saybrook University is seeking a half-time Faculty to serve as the Psychology Academic Advisor. The Psychology Academic Advisor will join the Humanistic Psychology Program (Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology) on January 4, 2021.

Under the direction of the Department Chair (Psychology Chair) of the Humanistic & Clinical Psychology Department (HCP), the Psychology Academic Advisor is responsible for ongoing curriculum advisement and all associated aspects for all MA and PhD Psychology students in the Existential-Humanistic Psychology Specialization (EHP); Creativity Studies Specialization (CS); Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health Specialization (CSIH); Psychophysiology Specialization, and Generalist Track. As students from the Clinical Psychology program may also elect Psychology Specializations in their training, the Psychology Academic Advisor will also consult as needed with the Department Chair (Clinical Psychology Chair) of the Clinical Psychology Department.

Under the direction of the Department Chair (Psychology Chair), this faculty member serving as the Psychology Academic Advisor will also serve as a chair and as a committee member on student Essays and Dissertation Committees that align with the faculty member’s expertise. Position responsibilities include:

*Advise and mentor all MA and PhD in Psychology students (with and without a


*Monitor, engage in, and support student recruitment, student outreach, retention, and

matriculation through periodic informational Admissions calls and Zoom presentations

and other endeavors as needed.

*Initiate and facilitate individual meetings with each MA and PhD in Psychology student (with or without a Specialization) prior to the start of a given semester (as well as during and between semesters, as needed) to review and update students’ individual program plans; to recommend courses that closely align with students’ curriculum plans; and to facilitate, track, and document students’ successful progress toward graduation

*Maintain current and accurate MA and PhD in Psychology curriculum plan templates and curriculum program plans for each MA and PhD Psychology student (with and without a Specialization)

*Track student progress through their curriculum plans and keep current and accurate records

*Closely communicate and collaborate with the Registrar’s Office to ensure successful student progress toward degree completion, successful course registration and degree audits, and Registrar’s Office and Psychology Academic Advisor’s record-keeping

*Track and maintain current and accurate records of courses that are cross-listed among Specializations and other university Departments

*Assist the Department Chairs and Specialization Coordinators with Program Modification Requests (PMRs), programmatic and course catalogue updates, and outcomes assessment processes (as well as related matters, as needed)

*Serve as a chair and as a committee member on student Essays and Dissertation Committees

*Attend Psychology, Departmental (HCP), and university-level meetings and gatherings, as well as some Specialization events and meetings (as needed), which could include Canvas, IRB, student record system, etc.

*Contribute to, participate in and facilitate teaching sessions/workshops/meetings during Residential Orientations (ROs) and Residential Conferences (RCs) for Psychology Students, and support new student orientation and on-boarding during these events

* Contribute to WASC accreditation and re-accreditation processes, efforts, and initiatives, as well as to Psychology Programs review and innovation

*Contribute to strategic planning, program development, and programmatic growth

*Maintain effective professional and community involvement and/or affiliations as

ambassador for the university

*Additional teaching and other responsibilities, as needed and assigned

Faculty Engagement

All faculty members at Saybrook University are expected to be available and responsive to students. Faculty engagement expectations (where applicable) include:

  • Faculty will make contact with students enrolled in their course within the first week of the new semester and before the residential or educational conference.
  • Faculty will respond to emails or phone calls and acknowledge received assignments within two business days.
  • For courses with weekly discussions, faculty will be in contact with students at least three times per week for online courses to provide substantive contributions and respond to student posts.  This will include engagement across the duration of the weekly discussions.
  • For individually mentored courses, faculty will schedule with each student regular online and off-line communication.
  • For other course designs, faculty will demonstrate how they are engaging students in a consistent and meaningful way across the semester or term.
  • Faculty will return student papers with feedback for course assignments submitted through Canvas within the following guidelines:
    • 1 week for work less than 5 pages in length,
    • 2 weeks for work up to 25 pages in length,
    • 3 weeks for work 26-50 pages in length (and for final thesis/project),
    • 4 weeks for work over 50 pages in length (applies to dissertation only).

Position Requirements:

  • Doctorate or field’s terminal degree from regionally-accredited institution
  • Demonstrated scholarship and/or accomplishments in the field
  • Relevant supervision and teaching experience at the doctoral level, including supervision of dissertation research
  • Commitment to multicultural and humanistic principles
  • Experience with ethnically diverse and/or other special populations
  • Some travel may be required

Position Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the goals and vision of Saybrook University
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, practice, and research (experiences with on-line instruction is desirable)
  • Able to offer on-line instruction regarding topics and skills within his/her areas of expertise.
  • Creates a sense of unity and common purpose and manages change effectively
  • Ability to build teams and effective working relationships
  • Promotes interdisciplinary work within and beyond the Department

Personal Attributes:

  • Critical thinker
  • Thinks strategically and works collaboratively
  • Affectively honest and open, with a high level of personal integrity
  • Communicates effectively
  • Consults with colleagues at all levels
  • Well organized and able to meet complex workload demands
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and multiculturalism in education and faculty employment.

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Saybrook University:

Saybrook University was founded over 40 years ago by some of the greatest minds of the 20th century and continues to inspire a new generation of innovators. A non-profit regionally accredited university known for its commitment to humanistic studies and rigorous research, Saybrook University’s academic model puts the student at the center of everything we do to provide a unique, transformational, learning experience. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in organizational systems, psychology, mind-body medicine, and counseling, all in flexible learning formats to help students continue to be active contributors to the fields they work in while they advance their education. Saybrook University is proud to be a diverse, inclusive community of creative, compassionate innovators dedicated to pursing new ways of thinking and doing for our professions, organizations, and communities.

For more information, visit www.saybrook.edu.

Saybrook University offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.