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Title:  Founding Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology

Requisition ID:  6894

Hammond and Westville, IN, US

Job Summary

This is a unique opportunity for a collaborative and committed leader with experience in doctoral level clinical psychology programs to serve as the Founding Director of Clinical Training. In this inaugural role, a pioneering spirit will serve as the Director providing leadership for the development of the PsyD program with major responsibility for developing and implementing a well-supported, high quality program eligible for APA accreditation. This is truly an opportunity to leave a legacy and lasting impact in your field.


The ideal candidate will employ their strategic skills to build and deliver this much needed, new program as the Department and College continue to grow. Leadership, vision, exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a desire to create innovative approaches are required.


Position:  Program Director & Director of Clinical Training

The Director reports to the Chair of the department of Psychology and the Dean of the College of Humanities, Education, & Social Sciences (CHESS), provides strategic academic leadership for the department and is responsible for enhancing its core missions of teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges facing public universities in the current higher education landscape and possess the skills, leadership, and vision to advance the department in this complex environment.  


This position is a tenure/tenure track position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor




Position Overview

Initial responsibilities:

  • Develop curriculum, and course schedule for the MS & PsyD degrees
  • Develop clinical courses not already in Purdue’s Graduate Catalogue.
  • Establish a clinic for training and providing therapy to local residents
  • Write Graduate Student Handbook
  • Recruit and hire additional clinical faculty required for a high quality PsyD program
  • Submit proposal for new graduate program to Purdue University Graduate School
  • Request approval for the new program from Purdue’s Board of Trustees.
  • Obtain approval for the program from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.
  • Gain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission
  • Apply for provisional accreditation from the American Psychological Association


Ongoing responsibilities:

  • Manage program’s day to day activities such as evaluating student and faculty performance, arranging meetings of program committees, resolving student and faculty complaints, advising and supervising students, and monitoring clinic and internship sites.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with local, state, and federal agencies for possible funding, training, and research opportunities
  • Write the annual APA report and all other recurring accreditation reports
  • Write letters certifying students’ readiness to begin internships and subsequently to certify qualification for licensure.
  • Review transfer credit applications
  • Remain informed on accreditation and licensure issues.
  • Maintain own license to practice
  • Regularly review and update program policies and procedures.


Minimun Qualifications:

  • PhD from an APA accredited program.
  • Eligible for licensure in Indiana as an HSPP
  • Experience teaching at the doctoral level as well as experience directing dissertations and supervising graduate students.
  • Experience commensurate with eligibility of range at the Associate or Professor rank
  • Familiarity with PsyD programs
  • Evidence of resource generation in the form of successful grants and funding from federal or foundation sources.



Experience teaching at the doctoral level as well as experience directing dissertations and supervising graduate students. The successful candidate must be license-eligible in Indiana and be licensed within one year of the hire date.


Additional Information Visit our web site www.pnw.edu for additional information about the University. For information regarding our excellent benefits package, visit www.purdue.edu/benefits.  


To Apply:

You may apply directly at: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjyaid0g

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Materials should include a cover letter and CV.

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search:  Jennifer@ACESrch.com


A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: https://www.purdue.edu/oie/Equal_Access_Opportunity/index.php



The candidate must hold a PhD from an APA accredited program. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Clinical Psychology

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