Assistant Professor - Clinical Psychology Emphasis in Trauma Psychology

Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 05, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Psychology Department is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Clinical Psychology, beginning August 2021.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Counseling or Clinical Psychology and be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Colorado. Experience with evidence-based trauma treatments is required. The area of specialization within the field of trauma psychology is open. Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in research and teaching.  Responsibilities include: teaching primarily graduate courses in clinical psychology and trauma psychology, ability to teach Evidence-Based Therapies for PTSD (e.g., TF-CBT, PE, CPT, EMDR), teaching undergraduate courses in psychology, supervising student research activities, and conducting active programmatic research including seeking external funding.

The UCCS Clinical Psychology program has demonstrated excellence in our APA accredited Ph.D. program.  The Clinical program has specialty areas in Trauma Psychology and Geropsychology.  The Clinical Ph.D. program typically receives on average 260 applicants per year with the Trauma Psychology emphasis receiving between 150 and 200 applicants per year. UCCS has built a reputation for research focused on trauma and disaster psychology primarily through the Trauma, Health, & Hazards Center (THHC).  This Center provides the foundation for the National Institute for Human Resilience which opened in March of 2020.  The NIHR received an 8 million dollar matching grant with expected total philanthropic funding of over 16 million combined with significant campus investment.  The NIHR is committed to advancing knowledge of human resilience by pursuing strength-based solutions through innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement. The NIHR has three primary components: 1) Basic and Clinical Research, 2) Innovative Strength-Based Intervention Clinic, and 3) Education/Training and Community Engagement.  The institute has 22 faculty affiliates from different disciplines: Psychology, Geography, Computer Science, Immunology, Emergency Medicine, Atmospheric Science, Public Health, Statistics, and Public Affairs. 

The Psychology faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and research, with the expectation that faculty maintain a productive program of research with commitment to obtain external funding. The Psychology Department currently offers a BA in Psychology, MA programs in Psychological Science and Clinical Psychology (with specialty tracks in Trauma, Aging, Cognition, and Developmental), and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with curricular emphasis in Geropsychology and Trauma Psychology). More info can be found at

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Who We Are:

The UCCS campus, with over 12,000 students, is located on the front range of the Rockies in Colorado Springs which has a metropolitan population of approximately 650,000 and access to diverse recreational areas and cultural activities. In 2018, UCCS was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Colorado Springs ranked #2 in the US World News and World Report’s listing of the best places to live in the U.S. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $72,000 - $75,000

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline:

The potential employee start date is August 2021.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Requirements:

    Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an APA accredited program

    Currently license or eligible fo licensure in the State of Colorado

    Area of specialization in trauma psychology (at least 1 year direct experience)

Preferred Qualifications:

    Two (2) years post-Ph.D. experience in trauma psychology research.
Physical Requirements:

While performing the physical demands of this job, the employee may be required to sit, stand or walk.  Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting or standing, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Mental functions of this job include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing and interpersonal/skills and behavior.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Colorado Springs
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Mar 29, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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