Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

The University of Washington (UW) Tacoma invites applications for an Associate Professor with tenure of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Social, Behavioral, and Human Sciences (SBHS) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period. The area of specialization is open. The successful candidate’s work will involve students in research or internships and support the Tacoma community more broadly, in line with our mission as an urban-serving university. The SBHS division places a high priority on the creation of an inclusive environment that is supportive of faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds and communities. 

The person in this position will teach a variety of undergraduate courses such as: Mental Illness across Cultures, Abnormal Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Existential Psychology and others as proposed by the applicant. There is the potential for the development of a Master’s Program in our division and clinical courses at that level may be also be available in the future. The successful candidate will have a proven record of both teaching and program development in graduate education, experience in academic administration, and will be expected to possess excellent communication, mentoring, and organization skills and to provide leadership in an expanding, diverse division and school. The successful candidate will have or be eligible for clinical credential in Washington state (Ph.D.-Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D., LMFT, LMHC) and will be expected to support diverse undergraduate students interested in pursuing employment and graduate education in clinical fields. 

UW Tacoma is benefitted by a diverse student population including many first-generation students and values the use of high impact pedagogical practices including community-engaged teaching/learning, the involvement of students in research, and the integration of new teaching and learning technologies.  We seek candidates who are eager to further UW Tacoma’s goal of building an educational environment that is based on social justice, community engagement and cultural diversity. The ideal candidate will have research, teaching, and clinical experience that prepares them to serve our diverse campus and surrounding community including demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations and a history of mentoring and engaging students.

 SIAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors including Psychology; Arts, Media, and Culture; Environmental Studies; Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies; Spanish Language and Cultures; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and Biomedical Sciences. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. We value the diversity of our student and faculty body, our emphasis on social justice, and the diversity-related work in our curriculum, pedagogy, community outreach, and faculty research. Although the position primarily contributes to and develops curricula in psychology, it will also support other interdisciplinary majors and the graduate program in interdisciplinary studies. The position begins September 16, 2019, and requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) at the time of appointment in psychology or a related field.

UW Tacoma campus was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. The campus commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth of our campus and the broader community. UW Tacoma has an urban-serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in the lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit:

  1. A letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match both the position’s description and the academic environment of the university. This letter should include a description of your current and planned research projects including how these plans could advance the vision, mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the university, how the plans can be implemented at a primarily undergraduate institution, and your qualifications for teaching in an interdisciplinary program. Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity.
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught
  3. Statement of your teaching philosophy
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. Peer-reviewed publication or submitted manuscript
  6. Three letters of reference

Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit additional examples of their syllabi or evidence of effectively developing graduate programs. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin January 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Stephen Ross, search chair at

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (