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Open-Rank Faculty Position - Director of Clinical Training

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Psychology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech is recruiting a clinical scientist for an open-rank faculty position within our clinical science Ph.D. training program. Our Clinical Science program is nationally recognized (2017 ABCT Outstanding Training Program) and dually accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). The successful applicant will be expected to conduct programmatic research, teach undergraduate and/or graduate students, mentor undergraduate and doctoral students, and direct the clinical training program serving a 5-year term as Director of Clinical Training (DCT). The start date of transition into the DCT role from regular faculty will be negotiable with the Department Chair.

We seek a colleague with an internationally recognized program of research and a track record of obtaining extramural funding that will add to our clinical and experimental program areas of strength, including, but not limited to, developmental science and neuroscience. Research content area is open, but we prioritize the use of scientifically informed methods to enhance mental and physical health, wellbeing, and healthy decisions through the interplay of research, intervention, and implementation across diverse and underserved populations. Our faculty have multiple interests including risk/resiliency and adaptation across contexts, decision making, developmental psychopathology, community-engaged research, stress and coping, emotion regulation, and neuroscience perspectives cutting across conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, eating disorders, PTSD/trauma, and substance use.

The ideal candidate will support the growth of this program as a mentor to junior scientists, participating in service activities and student and faculty mentoring to build and support the program for the future. The position will have a substantial service component as the DCT. During the applicant's term as DCT, reductions in teaching load and a summer stipend will be available to support the Director's program activities. Additional responsibilities may also include teaching graduate courses, mentoring graduate research, and supervising assessment and/or practica.

Virginia Tech is a R1 ranked research institution with a long-standing history of exceptional clinical and research training. Virginia Tech's clinical science program has adopted the scientist-practitioner model of training, with three on-site clinics (the Child Study Center, the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research, and the Psychological Services Center), allowing for opportunities for research and clinical training. Doctoral students also complete external practicum training, typically during their third year.

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech currently has 29 tenure track faculty, 1 collegiate faculty member, 1 clinical faculty member, 2 instructional faculty, and 9 support staff. The department trains 60 graduate students and over 900 undergraduate students each year. The department is housed in the College of Science and is central to the College and University's motto “Ut Prosim", or “that I may serve”as a department devoted to the service of humanity through Psychological Science. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains steps from the Appalachian trail, Virginia Tech values work-life balance as well as a commitment to service. The university provides substantial resources to support academic success for faculty, including programs for dual-career support, startup funds, and space for research. The university has a central mission and commitment to diversity, and the successful applicant will demonstrate strength in initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion including recruitment and retention of a diverse student body as well as curricular programming in this area.

Required Qualifications

Potential candidates must have a PhD in Psychology by appointment start date, be licensed or license eligible in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with an established research program, substantial experience in the development of clinical training programs and demonstrated ability in leadership roles.

While serving as DCT and beyond, candidates will be expected to continue an innovative research program, evidenced by a record of high-quality publications and external research support, combined with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate level teaching and mentorship.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who can contribute to an overarching department initiative to enhance diversity and our understanding of diversity are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to candidates who have prior leadership experience at the department, university, or professional level.

A completed application will include the following:

(1) a cover letter describing your experience and training in relation to Clinical Training and Program Development.
(2) curriculum vitae,
(3) a statement of research interests,
(4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy of teaching,
(5) a diversity statement discussing any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, or members of other underrepresented or marginalized groups (e.g., supporting the LGBTQIA+ community), as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech's commitment to build a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment (,
(6) three relevant publications, and
(7) names and contact information for three references.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 5, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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