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Director of Graduate Psychology & Clinical Mental Health, Assistant/Associate Professor

Company: Bay Path University
Location: East Longmeadow
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Company Description:
When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to prepare students to not only meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities but to also thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student...to start them on the road of success. That spirit and philosophy is best reflected in our shared vision, "At Bay Path, every learner's dreams of a better career, a richer life, and a brighter future will be realized."
Recognizing that our learners come first, we know it is equally important that we develop, cultivate, and sustain a culture that binds us together as a community. As part of the University's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we draw upon our eight Core Values-beliefs that provide the internal framework and a moral compass for how we work and interact with each other.
Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges and Graduate Programs by The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA, and a satellite location in East Longmeadow, MA, Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.
For 125 years, we have been committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change. Be Bay Path.
We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code: DGPP
  • Job Type: Program Director/FT Faculty
  • Traditional On Ground or Online class: Hybrid
  • Undergraduate or Graduate class: Graduate

    We seek a dynamic individual, with an established track record for high-quality curricular development at the university level who is interested in preparing students to meet the challenges facing the future in Psychology & Clinical Mental Health. The Director will lead the programs at the graduate level and will work with faculty to design, build and nurture the programs' offerings developing an approach to learning that prepares graduates to meet the present-day workplace needs. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to use creative and innovative approaches towards academic program development. In coordination with the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the program director shall have the authority, accountability and responsibility that come with academic and administrative oversight of all aspects of the Psychology and Clinical Mental Health program.
    The Director will have a Doctoral degree in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology or related field, and have experience as a practitioner in the field of Psychology and Clinical Mental Health and have a strong academic background in higher education. The ideal candidate will also have experience in professional leadership, health science and information technology. Experience in teaching in a distance and/or blended format is required.
    This position is a twelve-month, non-tenure year position, reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences. The Director will carry a course load of 24 credits with an annual course release of six credits through the University and will demonstrate the ability to creatively engage students in didactic and experiential learning opportunities in the on-line environment, and collaborate with other graduate and undergraduate program leaders, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, and other faculty members/staff of the university.
    The scholar selected for this position will join a collaborative and dedicated School that emphasizes excellence in education at all levels. This person will be involved in expanding program offerings; grow enrollment; lead school partnerships and significant new innovative initiatives. The director will participate in curriculum and programmatic development and innovation at both the graduate and undergraduate level; advise students; participate actively in local, state, and national professional organizations; and contribute to the service mission of the University and the School.
    Bay Path University is an institution that places the utmost importance on the faculty's ability to teach and relate to all students, whether in undergraduate or graduate programs. The importance of teaching at the graduate level equals the importance at the undergraduate level. At the same time, Bay Path University is committed to advancing its Health Science programs. The Graduate Psychology & Clinical Mental Health program exists within the Bay Path University School of Health Sciences, and, as such, contributes to the overall commitment to a sound and exciting graduate academic education.
    This full-time Faculty-Program Director position reports to the Dean of the School Health Sciences and is responsible for directing, implementing, evaluating all aspects of the graduate psychology programs including faculty development, student advising, student achievement, curriculum development and evaluation. This position is responsible for teaching graduate level courses in the Developmental Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs, additionally overseeing the coordination of internship placements, grant opportunities, and assisting with ongoing programmatic activities such as orientations, open houses, webinars, and other activities as requested by the Dean of the SHS.
    The director of this program will engage in ongoing outreach and contact with colleges, schools, agencies/organizations to continually connect with communities to build partnership and/or programs.
    The PD, in coordination with the Dean of the School of Health Sciences shall have the authority, accountability and responsibility that come with academic and administrative oversight of all aspects of the Psychology and Clinical Mental Health program including, but not limited to:

    • Provides effective leadership, direction, and support in implementing the vision, mission, strategic plan, and core commitments of the program in alignment with the University's and School's strategic plan.
    • Holds regular meetings with the program faculty and staff to facilitate communication concerning academic, student and course issues.
    • Provides feedback to faculty concerning course and programmatic evaluations.
    • Manages program faculty assignments.
    • Develops course schedules to align with other programs and cohort site requirements.
    • Engages in scholarly activities.
    • Develops working relationship within the larger University, and with local communities, practice partners and other key stakeholders that promotes intra- and inter school collaboration and communication.
    • Leads curriculum development and instructional advancement in the program.
    • Assume responsibility for program budget management.
    • Recruit, supervises and evaluate program faculty.
    • Develop, submit, and maintain all assigned records and documents as required by accrediting agencies such as self-studies, program reviews, and annual reports.
    • Responsible for review and program approval processes as required by the University and accrediting bodies, including the maintenance and submission of records and reports as needed.
    • Develop program description and associated program information for publication in the University catalog and Web page. Reviews this information on an annual basis with regard to program curricula and makes appropriate recommendations for changes in order to keep information current.
    • Maintain communication and works cooperatively with internship/practicum coordinator.
    • Assist with student recruitment through on-going information sessions and open-houses, and other recruitment activities.
    • Plan and implement new student orientation and coordinates on-going student advising.
    • In collaboration with the Center for On-line Learning and assigned Instructional Designer(s) works to develop and maintain courses in Canvas LMS.
    • In collaboration with the Hatch Library personnel works to establish program library resource site for program and student access
    • Is a member of the program's Advisory Committee which must meet at least once annually for input and reporting processes.
    • Maintains knowledge and skills in the area of clinical expertise (i.e., through direct care, coordinator of care, staff development continuing education, health policy, consultation).
    • Maintain advanced certification in area of expertise.
    • Maintain a defined area of clinical practice.
    • Maintain a presence on the campus including attendance at all major institutional events (e.g., Commencement, Convocation) and student events when necessary.
    • Provide assistance for grants or other fundraising efforts as requested.
    • Stay current with best practices in teaching and learning effectiveness.
    • Incorporate technology to enhance student learning.
    • Assist with the identification, compilation, and analysis of program assessment information.
    • Actively assess student learning according to program and course learning outcomes.
    • Respect students' diversity and points of view.
    • Participate in professional development and scholarly activities in the field of Developmental Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
    • Attend trainings as required.
    • Perform any other responsibilities as assigned by the University.

      • Degree requirements for position: Doctoral degree in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology or related field, required.
      • Previous teaching experience: Five years of experience working and supervising students in a mental health related field within the last 5 five years, strongly preferred.
      • Experience as a program director and teaching in higher education, strongly preferred.
      • Experience in both on-line course development and on-line teaching, required.
      • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
      • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
      • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
      • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose, and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.

        Additional Information:
        Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and InclusionBay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

        Application Instructions:
        Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.
        Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.
        Bay Path University is a smoke and tobacco-free community.
        All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.
        In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at or call 413-565-1157.PI207416992

Keywords: Bay Path University, Springfield , Director of Graduate Psychology & Clinical Mental Health, Assistant/Associate Professor, Education / Teaching , East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

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