Job Details

Central Washington University
  • Position Number: 4719682
  • Location: Ellensburg, WA
  • Position Type: Education - School Psychology

CWU Position Description
Position Title: Assistant Professor in School Psychology Position #: 00200082
Department: Psychology Employee Type: Faculty: Tenured/Tenure Track
Appointment/FTE: Ongoing/1.00 Pay Group: F09 - Faculty 9-month Appointment
Supervisor's Title: Department Chair Appointing Authority: Tim Englund, COTS Dean

Job Summary
Summarize the main reason(s) this position exists. The statement should include the position's general function and overall level of responsibility. Please try to limit the summary to three or four sentences.

The Department of Psychology at Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA) is seeking an Assistant Professor in School Psychology for a tenure-track position. We are looking for candidates who have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and mentoring students in our School Psychology Ed.S. program and teaching and advising our undergraduate psychology students. Specifically, we are searching for candidates who will teach graduate level school psychology and undergraduate level psychology courses, mentor undergraduate and/or graduate research, as well as have multicultural competence and experience working with diverse populations.

At CWU, we pride ourselves in upholding our mission and vision to create transformative educational environments that encourage personal growth and success. Faculty will integrate Central Washington University's vision which is "CWU will be a model learning community of equity and belonging". In order to build a community of equity and belonging, Central Washington University nurtures culturally sustaining practices that expand access and success to all students. We are committed to fostering high impact practices, sustainability, and authentic community partnerships that are grounded in meaningful relationships.

Working Guidelines
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Faculty members should be familiar with the terms and conditions of their employment and comply with applicable policies, procedures, and laws, including:

  • Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Central Washington University (CWU) and United Faculty of Central (UFC), available at
  • CWU Faculty Senate Faculty Code, available at
  • Divisional and departmental policies, standards, and procedures, available at
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations;
  • University Student Rights and Responsibilities;
  • Applicable policies and procedures of CWU, available at
  • National Association of School Psychology Principles for Professional Ethics, and
  • Applicable state and federal laws.

    Required Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate in school psychology or a closely related field with eligibility for certification as a school psychologist by September 21, 2024. (ABD candidates may be considered; however, the terminal degree must be completed by the start date.)
  • Experience with teaching both graduate level school psychology and undergraduate level psychology courses that can engage and inspire students from different racial/ethnic and socio-economic groups.
  • Demonstrated commitment and/or experience to inclusive mentoring of students in undergraduate and/or graduate research and through teaching and/or mentoring activities.
  • Experience applying culturally responsive teaching practices in working with diverse student populations.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification and experience as a school psychologist.
  • Background and interest in child and adolescent counseling and/or mental health interventions in the schools.
  • Research, teaching, and service that demonstrates an ability to contribute to Central's vision to create a model learning community of equity and belonging.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students

    Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
    Ethics/Confidentiality: Adheres to ethical guidelines. Respect and maintains confidentiality.
    Judgment/Decision Making: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
    Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
    Conflict Management: Thoughtfully intervenes in conflicts to improve communication, diffuse tension, and resolve problems. Seeks to find common ground.
    Communication: Listens to others and communicates in an effective manner. Gives and receives constructive feedback.
    Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing program needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
    Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create an environment that supports and embraces diversity.

    Job Duties
    Faculty are bound to observe in all official acts the highest standards of ethics consistent with the State of Washington statutes, the regulations of the Executive Ethics Board and its advisory opinions, the policies of the University Board of Trustees, and the University Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    The primary professional responsibilities of tenured and tenure-track faculty members are teaching, scholarship, and service.

    Classroom and online delivery of instruction in psychology graduate and undergraduate academic courses with assigned workload units; preparation of student materials for classes; preparation of a new course or substantial revision of an older course; advising of graduate students in school psychology; supervision of school psychology practica; supervision of graduate student research; supervision of directed study through individualized courses; attend classes as scheduled and maintain office hours; and other activities benefiting students' academic development.

    Scholarship/Creative Activity:
    All professional activities leading to publication or formal presentation in school psychology or leading to external funding recognizing the faculty member's current or potential contribution to the discipline. Such activities include manuscript submission, professional conference presentations, grant proposal submission, and/or supervision of externally funded research projects.


    Public service: Serve in organized, non-remunerative, educational and consultative activities which relate to a faculty's professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University.

    University service: Participate in accreditation and/or program development; work on recognized administrative, department, college, school or university committees; and other tasks as deemed necessary by the University.

    Professional service: Serve on grant, journal, or accreditation review boards, or as an ad hoc reviewer, in the faculty's area of expertise; serve as an officer in a professional society or organization; organize and/or chair conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; and/or edit journals, books, special volumes of papers, etc.
    Perform other duties as assigned.

    Working Conditions
    Describe working environment (office, field, indoors/outdoors, exposure to risks, safety requirements, etc.) and anticipated variation in working hours (such as flexible schedule, some evening and weekend work, occasional travel)
    1 Work is performed in an indoor office, classroom, training clinic setting, and K-12 school setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to work at a desk/computer workstation, when necessary. Some evening work and occasional travel may be required.

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    Posting Announcement Information

    Posting Title: Assistant Professor in School Psychology Position #: 00200082
    Search Committee Members
    Search committees will be composed of a diverse cross section of male and female representatives of the constituents working with the position. (Departments lacking a diverse representation may refer to a list available from HR of minority male or female employees willing to serve on committees outside their departments).

    1. Heath Marrs (Chair)
    2. Rich Marsicano (Member)
    3. Liane Pereira (Member)
    4. Aubrey Rigby (Diversity Advocate)
    5. Debbie Thomas (Search Secretary)
    Pay Benefits and Work Schedule

    Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
    Schedule/Appointment: Tenure Track, 9-month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available.
    Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.
    Teaching Module:
    1 In Person Only 0 Online/Distance Education 0 Hybrid
    *This position may include online and hybrid courses

    How to Apply
    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and attach:

  • A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position and clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required and preferred qualifications, and (b) qualify you to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
  • Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training, and contact information for three professional references (at least one who can specifically comment on teaching);
  • Teaching statement that includes your teaching philosophy and indicates courses you are willing/able to teach;
  • Research statement that details a plan for development of a research program at CWU;
  • Diversity statement that details how teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU's commitment to diversity); and
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of degrees held.

    Screening Begins: November 10, 2023 and will be open until filled

    **NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree. Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    Contact Information
    (Who will applicant contact if they have questions)
    Name: Dr. Heath Marrs
    Title: Chair, School Psychology Search Committee
    Phone: (509) 963-2391
    Department Website:

    Additional Information for Applicants
    CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: Located in the heart of Washington State, Ellensburg is approximately 100 miles and under 2 hours away from the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area. CWU is one of three state-supported comprehensive regional universities in Washington State. Offering bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 135 majors, the university enrolls approximately 12,000 students and has a faculty-student ratio of 20:1. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, CWU has enrolled 42% students of color and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latino students of any public baccalaureate institution in the state. Excellence in teaching is the core of the university's mission, and faculty engage in scholarship to support teaching and to advance knowledge. Further information about the university is available at For more information about the community in Ellensburg, visit

    CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer. For accommodation e-mail


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