Core Faculty, Couple and Family Therapy

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • May 12, 2022
Full time Psychology

Job Description



Adler University's Couple and Family Therapy Department is excited to announce that we are looking for a Core Faculty position to start in fall 2022. The department has a COAMFTE-accredited MA in Couple and Family Therapy (MCFT), a COAMFTE-accredited PhD in Couple and Family Therapy (CFTD), and a Certificate Sex Therapy (CST; we are approved Organization Provider II with AASECT). Adler University, a leader in social justice, is conveniently located in the downtown area of the Chicago Loop. Salary and rank is commensurate with experience.

Please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vita, proof of AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation and licensure, description of teaching and supervision philosophies, and two letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to meet the position qualifications and responsibilities.  Any questions about the position can be directed to the CFT Department Chair, Dr. Kristina Brown, at

Job Overview:

Under the general guidance of the Department Chair, the Core Faculty, Couple and Family Therapy position oversees instruction (and supervision) responsibilities in the MA and PhD, the CST, as well as service and scholarship. The Core Faculty, Couple and Family Therapy position provides thought-leadership to the university while leveraging industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the Adler University's Couple and Family Therapy Department and the institution. Supports culture development and management efforts.

This position is a core faculty full-time 10-month salaried position with contract.

Participation in faculty and department governance occurs on Tuesdays and courses including practicum seminars are offered in the department between 9-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays with some exceptions depending on need and projected growth of the department. Elective courses are offered on Fridays and sometimes weekends. Course in the Certificate in Sex Therapy program have weekend (Friday-Sunday) residencies. Practicum seminars in the MCFT and CFTD program are capped at 6 to meet COAMFTE's definition of group supervision and the state of Illinois's licensure definitions of group supervision. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer semester is divided into two with summer 1 being an abbreviated term concluding before July 4th and only supervision in the MA program (i.e., practicum seminars) runs through July and August in summer 2. This core faculty position is ten-month not including summer 2.



  • Earned doctoral degree from a COAMFTE-accredited Couple/Marriage/Medical Family Therapy program required.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the COAMFTE-accreditation process required
  • Minimum of zero (0) years of university instructor experience is required.    



  • A current Illinois LMFT license (or demonstration of license ability within the first year of employment) is required.
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation or proof of eligibility (i.e., Supervisor Candidate status, with plans for completion within the first year of employment) required.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstration of strong communication, organization, and detail-oriented work.
  • Ability to leverage influence to drive change and influence stakeholders.
  • Maintain current knowledge in field through professional development including involvement in professional organizations and meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • 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 objectives and employ assistance in addressing these.
  • Strong collaboration acumen and abilities.
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity.
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Strong research acumen and abilities.
  • Strong communication acumen including written, oral, and listening.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervises practicum seminar courses in either the MA or PhD programs.
  • Teaches courses in the MA and PhD programs.
  • Participates in faculty governance (service) including Faculty Council and a faculty committee.
  • Chairs and serves as committee member on dissertations in the PhD program (exemption in the first year).
  • Reviews Doctoral Qualifying Exams.
  • Participates in recruitment and admissions events including interview activities for the department.
  • Provides service to the university and the field through state, regional, and national associations.
  • Pursues a scholarly agenda including presentations and publications.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.


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, accepts responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in a 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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