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Humanistic Clinical Psychology Department - Adjunct Dissertation Faculty

Saybrook University

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Job Description:

Saybrook University is seeking Adjunct Dissertation Faculty Members to join its Humanistic Clinical Psychology (HCP) Department to advise and/or oversee dissertation research. Saybrook University is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and is recruiting passionate educators to support the university mission. Saybrook University seeks candidates with strong experience conducting and advising doctoral dissertation research.

Under the direction of the Department Chair, the Adjunct Dissertation Faculty Member is responsible for providing research mentoring of graduate students. Adjunct Dissertation Faculty bring a unique perspective to the University due to their expertise in their specific field, as well as expertise with specific research methodologies. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology with experience chairing dissertation research in clinical psychology. Ideal candidates demonstrate an understanding of diverse student learners, a background in Existential-Humanistic theory/methodologies, and a strong grasp of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

*Position starts August 1, 2023, or until filled.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving on dissertation or thesis committees as the faculty chair.

  • Participating in curriculum development, as needed.

  • Presenting during the in-person Residential Learning Experience (RLE) on topics of interest (negotiable).

  • Advising graduate students in the dissertation phase.

    • Providing constructive feedback, guidance, and oversight of student research.

    • Evaluating the dissertation drafts and issuing the appropriate grades.

    • Exhibiting flexibility in teaching students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrating professional development, including innovations and changes within the field.

  • Engaging in distance learning instruction as it relates to dissertation committee work.

  • Demonstrating strong computer competency.

  • Engaging in collaborative activities with professional staff, faculty, and students across the University.

  • Attend at least one faculty meeting per term (others are encouraged); monitor departmental communications

  • In addition, overseeing student research in several of the following areas:

    • Action Research

    • Auto Ethnographic Research

    • Case Study

    • Ethnographic and Cross Cultural

    • Experimental Research

    • Grounded Theory

    • Heuristic Research

    • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

    • Introductory Research Courses

    • Library and Information Competency

    • Narrative Research

    • Overview of Qualitative Research

    • Overview of Quantitative Research

    • Phenomenology

    • Research Statistics

    • Systems Research

    • Theoretical Research

Position Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning required, ideally in the areas of research, psychology or integrative medicine, however strong candidates from other fields will be considered.

  • Demonstrated competencies in Humanistic-Existential psychology or related areas.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience developing and teaching graduate level courses at the foundational level, advanced level in clinical psychology, and mentoring students on dissertations.

  • Knowledge and experience of online higher education and research/IRB administration best practices.

  • Experience with Office 365, Learning Management Systems (Canvas experience preferred), and other software for research, IRB administration, and online teaching.

Position Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the goals and vision of Saybrook University.

  • Committed to program and University growth.

  • Effective communication and time-management skills.

  • Committed to teaching, practice, and research (experience with online instruction is desirable).

  • Able to offer online instruction regarding topics and skills within their areas of expertise.

  • Active researcher with research publications.

  • The ability to teach with real-world experience.

  • Technologically skilled in communication, presentation, and online learning systems; and

  • Passionate about academic fields and educational instruction.

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter to include yet not limited to…

    • Statement of Research History

    • Statement of Teaching History

    • Value Statement (Potential candidates will review Saybrook University’s Mission and summarize how their individual values related to the goals of the University)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Dissertation student feedback (this could be evaluation reports and/or letters of recommendation)

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

About Saybrook University:

Saybrook University was founded over 50 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.

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Compensation & Benefits

Three credit courses are budgeted at $2,000-4,000 per course, dependent upon student enrollment. Two credit courses are budgeted at $1,334-2,668 per course, dependent upon student enrollment. Under-enrolled courses may fall below these ranges. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Working at Saybrook University 

Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies. It is a rigorous and unique learner-centered educational institution offering advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, and organizational systems. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit – in order to achieve their full potential. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Saybrook University is growing to bring together new disciplines and apply its humanistic perspective to a broad spectrum of practical fields.

The University comprises graduate programs divided into four cohesive schools focused on specific disciplines and career and professional outcomes:

·  School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation (OLT)

·  School of Mind-Body Medicine

·  School of Clinical Psychology

·  School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Our global community of scholars and practitioners is dedicated to advancing human potential to create a humane and sustainable world. We accomplish this by providing our students with the skills to achieve and make a difference, empowering them to pursue their passions and their life’s work. Our scholars and practitioners are creative, compassionate innovators pursuing new ways of thinking and doing for their professions, organizations, and communities.

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