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Assistant Professor in School Psychology

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
Closing date
Mar 19, 2023

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Job Summary

The Department of Psychology at Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA) is seeking an Assistant Professor in School Psychology for a tenure-track position. We are looking for candidates who have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and mentoring students in our School Psychology EdS program and our undergraduate psychology students. Specifically, we are searching for candidates who have a background and interest in child/adolescent counseling, as well as a focus on mental health and prevention/intervention in the schools, including crisis intervention. Faculty will integrate CWU's commitment to diversity and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all students.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to changing students'lLives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: .

Minimum Qualifications

An earned doctorate in school psychology or closely related field with eligibility for certification as a school psychologist by September 16, 2023. (ABD candidates may be considered; however, the terminal degree must be completed by the start date.)
Willingness to teach a wide range of courses at all levels and modalities.
Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in the use of inclusive teaching methodologies and approaches that will engage and inspire students from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.
Ability to engage and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in a research program that contributes to CWU's commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students.
Demonstrated commitment to mentoring/advising a multicultural population to expand and enhance their educational experience and career goals within and outside traditional classroom settings in accordance with the university philosophy supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic success.

Preferred Qualifications

Certification and experience as a school psychologist.
Background and interest in child and adolescent counseling.
Background and interest in mental health prevention and intervention in the schools, including crisis intervention.
Interest in teaching graduate level school psychology and undergraduate level psychology courses.
Interest in mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate research, in both on-campus and online
(undergraduate) settings.
Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success. Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into curriculum and classroom conversations.
Research, teaching, or service that demonstrates an ability to contribute to CWU's commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students through teaching and/or mentoring activities.


Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment : Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available.

Benefits : CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.

Additional Information: For additional information about the University, visit :
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How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position and clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required and preferred qualifications, and (b) qualify you to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training, and contact information for three professional references (at least one who can specifically comment on teaching);
Teaching statement that includes your teaching philosophy and indicates courses you are willing/able to teach;
Research statement that details a plan for development of a research program at CWU;
Diversity statement that details how teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported 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 CWU's commitment to diversity); and
Unofficial copies of transcripts of degrees held.

Screening Begins: January 6, 2023 and open until filled

**NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree. Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Heidi Perez
Title: Chair, School Psychology Search Committee
Phone: (509) 963-2328

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here:

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