Department Chair: Counseling and School Psychology
San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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Department Chair: Counseling and School Psychology
Counseling and School Psychology

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Dec 02, 2021

The Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) at San Diego State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the Associate or Full rank. The Department offers nationally recognized and accredited graduate degree/licensure programs in multicultural community counseling and social justice education, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, and school psychology. In addition, we have a one-year master's online program in education with an emphasis in counseling and an undergraduate minor in counseling and social change. We also run a community-based counseling-training clinic. We invite applicants with outstanding research and leadership trajectories and with clinical experience in a range of disciplines, specifically related to the programs in our department, to apply. For example, the applicant needs to have experience in working with non-traditional, equity based social justice-oriented curricula and programming. This open-rank position is for a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty member (75% as Chair).

Position Responsibilities:
The Chair oversees curriculum and instruction for all graduate programs and an undergraduate minor; coordinates and writes reviews and evaluations of programs, courses, faculty, and staff; manages the budget and fiscal matters; contributes to community outreach; represents CSP on College, University, and community committees and councils; oversees the department community clinic, participates in professional development initiatives; and engages with students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders on departmental matters.

Candidate Requirements:

Background for all Faculty Applicants:

  • qualify for rank of associate or full professor and meets the department, college and university standards for tenure;
  • earned doctorate in counseling or related field that ties in specifically with at least one of the graduate programs as the Chair will be teaching in one of the programs
  • have a record of exemplary teaching and evidence of strong scholarship, and service appropriate for associate or professor rank;
  • have a record of demonstrated leadership experience;
  • possess effective interpersonal, administrative, and collaborative management skills necessary for providing department leadership within the college and university

Candidate Preferences:
  • experience working with university students from various cultural and linguistic lived experiences,
  • experience with accreditation processes for graduate programs
  • research, scholarly, and clinical experience working with communities from various cultural and linguistic lived experiences
  • license-eligible or licensed in a mental health field
  • demonstrated ability in developing and sustaining working relationships with faculty and staff, community-based and clinical organizations, and appropriate local, national, and international organizations;
  • demonstrated commitment to support and advance anti-racist, decolonial, or critical pedagogies, research and service
  • experience in higher education administration;
  • experience in building collaborative departmental, institutional, and community partnerships to support student clinical training experiences and the development of research and service opportunities;
  • willingness to be actively involved with local, state, regional, national and international organizations concerned with mental health;
  • experience in obtaining external funds;
  • experience obtaining and executing research and/or training grant work;
  • experience supervising students in their clinical work

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria.

Candidates that meet BIE criteria:
  1. are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  2. have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  3. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
  4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
  5. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
  6. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  7. have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
  8. have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

San Diego State University is part of the California State University system and is considered one of the nation's premier urban research universities. SDSU holds designations as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor's degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, Hispanic-Serving Institution, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution, residing on the unceded historical lands of the Kumeyaay, with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, language, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The College of Education comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare education, community-service, and counseling professionals to provide the highest quality learning environments to ensure student and client success. The College of Education is in the forefront of education reform, preparation of educators to work in multicultural settings through its pre-service, Masters and doctoral level programs. The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, increase institutional effectiveness, and promote social justice. For more information about SDSU and the College of Education, please visit this website:


The Department of Counseling and School Psychology is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The primary mission of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) is to prepare culturally competent and compassionate professionals at the graduate level to provide leadership in school counseling, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, and community counseling. In addition, the Department engages undergraduates in the social sciences in theoretical and professional knowledge and skills in counseling, social change and social justice with the option of an undergraduate minor. CSP is an interdisciplinary department committed to work towards equity, economic, and social justice within the College and University, our professions, and throughout the broader society.

The position of Department Chair will be offered as a full-time tenure-track or fully tenured faculty Associate Professor or Professor rank with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application Instructions
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Please apply via Interfolio. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application materials by February 18, 2022, although applications will be considered until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and names and contact information of three references.

For further information contact the Search Committee Chair, Gerald Monk, PhD at

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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