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Chair of Psychology & Counseling

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title: Chair     
Department: Psychology & Counseling
Reports To: Provost               
Prepared By:        

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.
This position is for an open area of concentration within psychology, with preference given to a generalist; clinical/counseling psychologists. Successful candidates will demonstrate administrative leadership, as well as commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentorship. Chair of the Psychology & Counseling Department responsibilities include the following areas: (1) program planning and development; (2) Department administration and communication; (3) Management of BA Psychology; BS Counseling Psychology; MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling; M.Ed. School Counseling degree programs; (4) facilitation of University-wide policies in coordination with Dean School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS), Provost and President.
Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Chair responsibilities include the following management areas:
Department Leadership
  • Work with faculty, students, and staff to establish and maintain a long-term vision for the department that is consistent with the departmental and university missions
  • Serve as a liaison between the department and other units of the institution
  • Ensure departmental compliance with university system, and Maryland State Department of Education and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene regulations
Department Curriculum
  • Oversee curriculum development and revisions for the department
  • Review and assess academic programs offered by the department
  • Assess general education outcomes in core courses taught within the department
  • Initiate new academic programs and projects when appropriate
Department Operations
  • Manage course schedules that serve program and student needs
  • Manage course registrations and instructor assignments
  • Oversee the department's fiscal operations; develop and regularly monitor the department budget
  • Review and revise department information published in the university catalog
  • Manage the maintenance of departmental print and electronic records, including websites
  • Recruit, appoint, and supervise psychology faculty and adjuncts
  • Evaluate psychology faculty and adjunct performance
  • Support and oversee the overall development of the department faculty and staff
  • Recruit, appoint, and supervise student office assistants
  • Review psychology faculty and student grievances within the department
  • Recruit and retain students in the department's programs
  • Coordinate student advising and reviews of degree progress
  • Evaluate student transfer credit
  • Review student academic appeals and grievances
  • Maintain Psi Chi Honor Society
Faculty Responsibilities
  • Teach at least 6 semester credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
  • Participate in scholarly activities in the discipline
  • Participate and assist department faculty in university, community service, committee membership activities as appropriate
  • Manage Monthly Departmental meetings with majors
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Education and/or Experience:
  • Ph.D. Psychology generalist preferred; Psy.D. Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • Passionate Faithful SDA to Christian Education
  • Strong Teaching and Educational Management Experience
  • Ability to Articulate and Promote Departmental Goals and Needs
  • Language Skills:
  • Superior command of English grammar and spelling. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Exceptional presentation and public speech ability. 
  • Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Intermediate knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Basic computational skills
  • Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to deal with a variety of office situations. 
  • Resolve student conflicts & academic issues
  • Applies logical or scientific methods to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Must exhibit leadership skills.
  • Possesses capacity for planning, organizing and controlling.
  • Advanced skills in team building, motivation, and conflict resolution.
  • Physical Demands: 
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
 Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.

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