1139-Director of the PsyD Program

Job #1139

Director of the PsyD Program, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology

The School of Professional Psychology (SPP) at Pacific University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the Associate or Full Professor level as Director of its APA-accredited PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, beginning as early as July 1, 2015 (start date may be negotiable).   SPP is housed within the College of Health Professions of Pacific University and is located in downtown Hillsboro, adjacent to Tuality Community Hospital.  The College of Health Professions is also home to schools of physical therapy, audiology, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, dental health science, pharmacy, and health care administration.  Opportunities for interprofessional collaboration are plentiful.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology and must be licensed or license eligible in the state of Oregon. Candidates with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology who have administrative experience in PsyD programs are especially encouraged to apply. Duties of the PsyD PD include maintaining APA accreditation and overseeing day-to-day operations of the PsyD Program, in addition to teaching, mentoring and conducting research (including dissertations), and engaging in other service. The ideal candidate will have experience with program administration (including but not limited to curriculum development/refinement, student recruitment/retention, addressing student concerns, and overseeing program tracks). Innovative ideas about sustaining quality academic programs, expanding clinical training opportunities, integrating health service psychology, and fostering clinical research are encouraged. The PsyD PD must support SPP’s initiative to infuse diversity into all aspects of curriculum and academic life. Vision and leadership is required to help support the PsyD Program in its ongoing transition to training health services psychologists.  The PsyD PD serves on SPP’s Executive Committee, which includes other Program Directors; Directors of Diversity, Academics, Clinical Training, and Research; and is chaired by the SPP Dean. The PsyD program has 20 core faculty and over 250 students across five years of training.

Applications are currently being reviewed; the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, names of three references, and a detailed letter of interest that speaks to knowledge and experience with PsyD programs, APA accreditation, and infusion of diversity and health services psychology. Send materials to Cathy Moonshine, PhD; PsyD PD Search Chair; School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University; 190 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-4216. Electronic submission is preferred and goes to drmoonshine@pacificu.edu.

Pacific University’s Health Professions campus is located in Hillsboro, OR, 15 miles west of Portland and easily accessible by public transit. The Portland area consistently ranks among the most livable regions in the US; surrounding areas (e.g., Mt. Hood National Forest, Pacific Ocean, Willamette Valley) provide a diversity of recreational activities.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, physical or mental disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference or disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.