Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 08, 2021
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology

Job Description


General Description:

The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University seeks a full-time, 9-month (September - May), Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor to begin September 1, 2021. The position includes a combination of teaching, supervising, and administrative responsibilities equivalent to 6 four-credit courses.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach couple and family therapy graduate courses.
  • Assist in responsibilities of the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center, an onsite training clinic.
  • Provide clinical supervision of MFT graduate students.
  • Advise graduate students.
  • Share in aspects of the administration of the program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • We seek collegial faculty who view themselves foremost as educators and possess a commitment to, and knowledge of, effective teaching strategies.
  • Background working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups and/or diverse students.
  • Ability to contribute to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the program.
  • Ability to initiate anti-racist conversations and support marginalized perspectives.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from a COAMFTE-accredited program or its equivalent. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2021.
  • Evidence of strong teaching and supervising skills.
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor or Approved Supervisor Candidate.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit an application including: cover letter; CV; list of three references; and a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.

For questions or more information, please contact David Ward at

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2019-20 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 45 percent self-identify as students of color; and 37 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.

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