GENERAL SUMMARY: The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University Los Angeles invites applications for a full-time Core Faculty position (unranked system) beginning immediately. We seek a faculty member to develop and lead our nationally recognized specialization in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Affirmative Psychological Studies within the Program, including curriculum development; administrative responsibilities within the small collaborative faculty group and community outreach; also the ability to incorporate the various philosophies of LGBT Studies (e.g., essentialism/social constructionism; modernism/postmodernism; assimiliationism/liberationist) and to deepen knowledge about the identity, culture, sexuality and spirituality of all the stakeholders (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allied) and their intersectional relations with race, ethnicty, class and ability. The Director must be knowledgeable of the research in affirmative studies (the non-pathologizing approach that seeks to value LGBT ways of being, from the 19th Century to the current moment), and also how to reformulate existing counseling theories from the affirmative lens. As a national spokesperson for LGBT Studies and psychology, the Director must be able to speak to the national press and also be able to curate national figures to present at Speaker Series and Conferences. The position also includes teaching two courses per quarter, (some evenings and Saturdays) participation in faculty meetings, student advisement, and other assigned duties. In addition, the position oversees clinical training sites sponsored by the LGBT Specialization. The Position reports to the Chair of the MA in Psychology Program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching two courses per quarter including some evening/Saturday teaching; leadership for the LGBT Affirmative Psychological Studies Specialization; national spokesperson to the press; writing that includes promulgating learning derived from the LGBT Specialization; outreach to the larger LGBT and psychological community; working with the Chair to hire instructors and staff and manage instructors and staff; regular communications to the student body about upcoming lectures, speakers; managing staff of associates and workstudy students; producing budgets for various cost centers, including scholarship funds; managing the LGBT Specialization’s Social Media venues; working with the LGBT Specialization’s clinical training sites; maintaining current donors and participating in fundraising activities for the LGBT Specialization and its clinics; overseeing the annual conference at Antioch held by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Association (LAGPA) student advisement and review of student academic progress; and other duties as needed, possibly including admissions interviewing and work on assessment. This job also includes recruitment and retention activities (e.g., inviting students from non-LGBT Specialization classes to lectures, workshops and social events). The Specialization also holds four Quarterly Dinners and an annual Graduation Ceremony. Advising involves knowledge of Antioch policies; holding office hours; review of student academic records; and responsiveness on email and by telephone. The Specialization Director must also cultivate an informal advisor relationship with all the advisors and students related to the LGBT Specialization so as to foster unity, vision, togetherness and solidarity.
With specific reference to the curriculum of the LGBT Specialization, the Director is in charge of curriculum developing, updating curriculum to meet new demands in accreditation bodies; and to account for changes in the field and students’ needs. The Director is additionally in charge of hiring instructors for the Six Core Classes: “Human Sexuality,” “Healing Historical Oppression in the LGBT Community,” “LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy” “Dismantling Privilege and Oppression in the LGBT Community,” “LGBT Clinical and Psychological Wellness Across the Lifespan”, “LGBT Community Action” and numerous workshops, and other classes not currently being offered but which have been approved (“Treating Families through the Affirmative Lens”). And, of course, the LGBT Specialization Director works with the other Core Faculty to create cross-fertilization of classes and to continue the ongoing work of making sure the adjunct faculty at Antioch continues to learn about the field of LGBT-Affirmative Studies, a work-in-progress.
UNIVERSITY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Faculty member may be asked to serve on campus committees and is expected to participate in the work of the faculty.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in Psychology or terminal degree in related field from regionally accredited institution required. A qualified candidate with a masters in Clinical Psychology whose primary experience and concentration is demonstrated to have been in the domain of LGBT Affirmative education and clinical practice. A demonstrated record of successful teaching experience, preferably at the graduate level. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice. Significant record of publication and/or relevant clinical or community professional experience related to gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender psychological studies (e.g., clinical; community; activism; publication).
Desiderata include: Those with a doctorate in Psychology or terminal degree must have clinical licensure or license-eligible. Experience as full-time faculty member. Those with a masters in Clinical Psychology must have clinical licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist for a minimum of 5 years. Experience at minimum as a part-time graduate faculty member for 5 years. Psychodynamic, depth psychology and/or queer theory (postmodern) theoretical orientation, with capacity to work well with diverse theoretical orientations. Program development experience.
HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a 100% position. Evening and/or Saturday teaching may be required.
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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, prescription drug service, life insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, and retirement plan. Employees are eligible to apply for a tuition benefit after one year of employment.
About Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University is inspired by our institution’s historic, progressive mission to provide students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance economic, social and environmental justice. Antioch’s first President, Horace Mann, implored graduates to “win victories for humanity,” and that has been our guiding light for over 166 years. Antioch University is a national not-for-profit higher education institution with hybrid, on-line and onsite degrees offered at five campuses and in university-wide venues, from undergraduate through doctoral education. Our programs are designed for adult learners. We believe our geographically dispersed university is strongest when we stand together to provide high quality, socially engaged education. Current foci in liberal studies, psychology, education, counseling and mental health, management, the arts and writing, and leadership and change. An Antioch education brings academic rigor, experiential learning and social engagement to learners across the country and the world. Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) is located at 400 Corporate Pointe in Culver City, nestled between small beach communities like Marina del Rey... and Venice, as well as the larger more vibrant cities of Culver City and Palms. Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) campus is located in downtown Santa Barbara, California within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops, and galleries and close to Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches and mountain ranges.”