Associate Department Chair, PsyD Program - Core Faculty

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • May 02, 2022
Full time Psychology

Job Description



The Associate Department Chair is a full-time core faculty position and the time is divided between teaching and administrative responsibilities and providing significant operational support to the Clinical Psychology Program (PsyD) and Department functioning.  The Associate Chair works with faculty and students, collaborates with other internal and/or external constituents to support the functions of the department.  This position reports directly to the Chair of the Department and is structured on a twelve-month schedule.

The Associate Department Chair is part of the Department Leadership Team.  This position requires working closely with the Department Chair assisting in maintaining all APA accreditation requirements and processes, supervising program adjunct faculty, addressing student issues, providing consultation to faculty, and revising the curriculum.  To accomplish these tasks, the Associate Department Chair communicates effectively and collaborates with other members of the University community.  A more detailed list of essential functions follows.

Overall, the Associate Department Chair provides thought-leadership and administrative support to the department, including professional knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the Psychology Department, PsyD Program, and the institution. They actively support the development of cultural competency and integration in all management activities and efforts.



  • Doctoral degree (PsyD or PhD) in Psychology
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in doctoral-level teaching and administrative experience.



  • Psychologist license at Doctoral level



  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Doctoral teaching experience preferably in at least two areas of the program curriculum.
  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration abilities and leadership style
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Strong research acumen and abilities
  • Strong communication skills including written, oral, and listening


Supervision (if applicable):  Associate Chair supports and supervises adjunct faculty teaching in the program.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support APA Accreditation and PsyD Program Functioning
    • Co-leads in maintaining APA accreditation, including annual reports and self-study processes
    • Gathers and analyzes data for program metrics
    • Develops curriculum and assessment of student learning instruments such as rubrics
    • Participates in development and updating of Program policies and procedures
    • Develops, revises and maintains manuals and handbooks such as PsyD Program Handbook, Policies Handbook, Adjunct Program Guide
    • Participates in Program committees within the department and institutional committees, engages in faculty governance process
    • Attends biweekly department faculty meetings and biweekly university wide Faculty Council meetings
    • Revises and coordinates the Annual Student Review process
  • Adjunct Faculty hiring and supervision
    • Creates a pool of potential adjunct faculty with content knowledge and expertise aligned with the Program's curricula
    • Interviews and hires applicants for adjunct teaching within the program
    • Supervises adjunct faculty
    • Communicates all Program information throughout the academic year
    • Answers questions and addresses concerns throughout the academic year
    • Assigns courses
    • Assists in resolving issues related to adjunct faculty classroom instruction
    • Manages student issues
    • Revises adjunct faculty syllabi (when needed)
    • Conducts classroom observations of adjunct faculty
    • Conducts feedback meetings of the observations
    • Reviews adjunct faculty course evaluations
  • Student Issues
    • Provides consultation to core and adjunct faculty
    • Collaborates with various offices within the university
    • Manages student issues related to adjunct faculty
  • Schedule and course structure and organization
  • Teaching and Advising Students
  • Dissertation work with students
  • Other tasks and duties
    • Participates on Campus Committees
    • Engages in scholarship activities, service to community, service to profession, and service to university/campus Participates on Campus Committees
    • Support functions of the Division of Academic Affairs, and University functions as needed
    • Other duties as assigned.


Work Environment (Physical Demands):  The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.


Universal Core Behaviors:


  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.

 Teamwork and Collaboration:

  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.

 Responsive to Change:

  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.

 Quality-Driven and Accountable:

  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).

 Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:

  • Supports and models the School's Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School's Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School's strategic plan and key strategies.


Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

 As part of the Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.


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