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Palo Alto University
Palo Alto, CA
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May 16, 2024

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Palo Alto University (PAU), a private, non-profit university, founded in 1975 and located in the heart of Northern California's Silicon Valley, is a community grounded in values of social justice, dedicated to addressing pressing and emerging issues in the fields of psychology and counseling that meet the needs of today's diverse society. The students at PAU reflect the diversity of the region, are engaged in their education, and committed to improving the lives of others. The University sees diversity in its staff and faculty as very important to serving its diverse student body (or synonymous with inclusive excellence). PAU offers undergraduate and graduate programs with online, hybrid and residential options. PAU has an engaged faculty who make significant contributions to their fields and prepare future leaders who make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. When you put all of this together, PAU creates a legacy of confident, competent, and compassionate professionals who are at the forefront of psychology and counseling and who move ahead in life by moving lives ahead.

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Job Title: Psychology Adjunct Instructor

Department: Psychology

Reports To: Department Chair

Location: Palo Alto, California and Mountain View, California

The Psychology Department

The Psychology Department is seeking highly qualified candidates for adjunct instructor positions to teach psychology classes for our programs on-site at the Palo Alto and Mountain View campuses. A full list of courses taught in our program can be found in our course catalog. While we welcome all applicants, we are particularly interested in candidates who can teach the following areas of emphasis: Diversity and Community Mental Health, Pediatric Behavioral Care, and Research Methods and Statistics.

The Psychology Department has two APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs (a PhD program and the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium) and a master's program in Psychology. PAU operates an in-house community clinic, the Gronowski Center, and advanced students are placed at off-site practicum placements around the Bay Area, including VA Medical Centers, community clinics, and schools.

We are committed to build training programs that promote diversity from all areas of psychology. The work done through the Latinx Task Force, I4Health, and the undergraduate summer bridge program (funded by the APA CEMRRAT grant for ethnic minority recruitment, retention, and training of students in psychology) represent some of our current diversity work within the department.

Required Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology required.
  • Experience teaching in a university environment at the graduate level.
  • Commitment to support the mission of the University.
  • Professional experience in areas relevant to the courses taught.
  • Evidence of inclusive excellence, as well as training and experience with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to facilitating conversations related to culture, power, and oppression and increasing cultural sensitivity in students.
  • Ability to teach in-person at the Palo Alto and Mountain View campuses

Application Procedures:

PAU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports a diverse, equitable and inclusive population.

Applicants should submit:
  • Cover letter stating interests and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Teaching and supervisory evaluations (if available)

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Administrative questions can be sent to Yvette Walkinshaw ( and any other questions about the search and the department can be sent to the Department Chair, Dr. Tilman Schulte (


Candidates who will contribute to the collaborative, interdisciplinary work at PAU and demonstrate inclusive excellence in their teaching, advising, and service are strongly encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome applications from scholars with identities that are historically underrepresented in the academy and/or who have experience with and commitment to working with diverse populations.

The University is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to non-discrimination in its hiring and other employment practices and in the application of its personnel policies. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists, employment decisions will be made irrespective of the staff member's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any another status protected by law. When necessary, the University will reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities, if the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position and if it will be done without undue hardship to the University.

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