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Assistant/Associate Professor of MFT in the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

University of San Diego
San Diego
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Posting #: 4323
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Position Title & Department:

Assistant/Associate Professor of MFT in the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family TherapyPosting #


Department Description:

The Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego includes masters programs in Marital & Family Therapy (COAMFTE accredited) and Counseling (Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling specialization, both CACREP accredited). The MFT program size is approximately 70 students each year. Students in the program pursue their degrees full-time (two years) and many receive financial assistance. The Department and USD have a strong commitment to diversity, social justice, and global education, as well as evidence-based practices. Our student body is approximately 50% minority students and we have several grants to support historically underserved populations. SOLES is 22% Latinx and hopes to lead the university in the goal of becoming an HSI. The program has developed strong collaborative relationships with local agencies to provide an array of practicum sites in the local community. In addition, students are required to participate in at least one global education experience prior to graduation.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego invites applications for two full-time, open-rank, tenure-track positions with a 9-month academic appointment beginning in Fall 2023 in the Marital and Family Therapy Program. Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach core and specialization courses in the Marital and Family Therapy Program, as well as supervise students through the practicum course. Faculty members are also expected to demonstrate scholarly productivity, as reflected in publications, professional presentations, and research grants. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to student advising/mentoring, admissions, curriculum assessment and development, and general departmental and university service. The successful applicant will: contribute to the department’s mission of providing outstanding teaching, research, and service; have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add to the department’s commitment to diversity; have the ability to collaborate productively with students and faculty at USD; have strong oral and written communication skills, and effective interpersonal skills.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:

The faculty is seeking individuals who have demonstrated strong teaching skills and the ability to develop a coherent research agenda. Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • an earned doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program. ABD candidates will be considered, but must complete degree requirements by date of appointment
  • demonstrated evidence of scholarly productivity (i.e., publications, presentations, and/or grant funding)
  • evidence of strong or potential for graduate-level teaching
  • evidence of strong or potential for relational/systemic clinical supervision
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor or Candidate eligible
  • California LMFT license eligible
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to multiculturalism and social justice

Preferred qualifications for the position include:

  • manuscripts published in national refereed family therapy journals
  • clinical experience working as a practicing LMFT
  • demonstrated evidence of/potential for grant writing
  • demonstrated evidence of leadership skills
  • commitment to promoting diversity and social justice as part of one’s research agenda
  • Has prior experience providing bilingual/bicultural clinical supervision in English/Spanish
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Click Apply Now to complete our online application.

Applicants must submit: 1) cover letter which includes a summary of teaching and research experience and interests, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) personal statement that includes evidence of commitment to promoting diversity. In short, the personal statement should help the faculty identify candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance USD’s campus diversity and equity goals; 4) copies of two key publications, and 5) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Sheila Sosa, Executive Assistant, Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy ([email protected]).

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: September 15, 2022 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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