The Graduate Program Director is responsible for coordinating the administrative functions of the graduate programs in Psychology (Master's and Psy.D.) according to Stevenson University and School of Humanities and Social Sciences policies and procedures. As the founding Program Director, this individual will be responsible for overseeing the program launch and initial application for APA accreditation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, curriculum development; recruiting; assessing program quality and effectiveness, including APA accreditation; hiring and training adjunct faculty; scheduling classes; preparing and managing the program budget, and mentoring, monitoring and evaluating performance of personnel. The Graduate Program Director holds a faculty appointment in the Psychology Department and fulfills all responsibilities of a full-time faculty member, as defined in the Stevenson University Policy Manual and in the Full-Time Faculty Job Description approved by the faculty of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. As this position carries both faculty and administrative responsibilities, the Program Director receives course release time during the academic year and a 12-month appointment.
Doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in an area of health services Psychology, as defined by the American Psychological Association, plus five years college teaching experience in Psychology or a related field. Administrative experience and experience developing and overseeing clinical training programs desired.
Demonstrated ability to create and implement graduate programs in Psychology that align with the mission and vision of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and of Stevenson University.
Commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse teams of faculty, staff, and other program administrators, sharing time, ideas, equipment, resources, and space.
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and enhancement of student academic achievement, including knowledge of and experience with program and curriculum assessment.
Proven ability to develop effective course materials, syllabi, lesson plans, lectures, and workshops for students and/or faculty.
Ability to develop and maintain a professional network including actively cultivating industry relationships by participating in professional organizations.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Commitment to advising, mentoring, and preparing masters' and doctoral level students in Psychology.
Professional commitment to leadership, with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Proven collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills needed to build relationships with faculty, Department Chairs, Deans, and other internal and external stakeholders.
Analytical and quantitative reasoning skills.
Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing curricula at the course and/or program level.
Commitment to integrity, excellence, learning, and community.
Commitment to professional development.
Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel is required. Database management and other computer skills are valued.
Ability to work with and advocate for concerns of students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
Work under the supervision of the Chair and in cooperation with faculty and other campus leaders to meet the goals of the Programs, Department, School, and University.
Responsible for leading, managing, coordinating, and assessing graduate programs in Psychology according to Stevenson University policies and procedures.
Develop the clinical training program and coordinate with on-campus and off-site internship sites to support student clinical placements.
Facilitate the development, implementation, and revision of curriculum in collaboration with program faculty and staff and other relevant campus offices as needed.
Serve as the first point of contact for students, faculty, staff, and others regarding questions and issues pertaining to the programs.
Represent the programs to students, professional organizations, external partners, and other relevant constituencies.
Work collaboratively with the Department Chair, Psychology to support the undergraduate program and create a pathway through which qualified students can progress from undergraduate to graduate study.
Lead American Psychological Association accreditation of the Psy.D. program, including maintaining required documentation, preparing initial accreditation and recurring self-study materials, and coordinating on-site visits.
Coordinate assessment of student learning including developing and implementing assessment plans, writing reports, leading periodic accreditation reviews, and making recommendations for changes or additional support needed to ensure continual improvement.
Assess program quality and effectiveness on an annual basis, according to School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and Stevenson University guidelines and timelines.
Perform supervisory responsibilities including recruiting, hiring, coaching, managing, monitoring, and evaluating part-time faculty, staff, and student workers, and manage payroll where relevant.
Schedule classes offered by the program in consultation with the Department Chair, Psychology and Registrar's Office, and assign teaching responsibilities.
Oversee and evaluate student internship and experiential learning opportunities.
Coordinate and/or participate in outreach and recruitment activities including, but not limited to, scheduled information sessions, open houses, and registration sessions.
Develop strategic initiatives and manage the program operating budget in consultation with program faculty and staff, Department Chair, and Dean, as appropriate.
Oversee use and upkeep of program-specific facilities.
Serve as the first level of review for academic integrity violations.
Provide leadership on retention initiatives and foster a sense of community through program events, public relations, and alumni outreach.
Actively engage in collaborative pursuits and in forging relationships and partnerships with external and internal constituencies, including alumni.
Collaborate with the Office of Career Services to support students in preparing for life after Stevenson.
Foster an inclusive and collaborative work environment and maintain high professional standards, both inside and outside the classroom.
Attend all University Faculty/Staff meetings and relevant academic Department/School meetings.
Engage in instructional activity totaling the assigned contact hours per calendar year.
Teaching responsibilities include primarily time spent in face-to-face courses and in immediate preparation for them; maintaining and improving competence in subjects taught, preparing teaching materials; conferring with students on course materials; directing individual and group studies; reviewing projects and papers; evaluating assignments and examinations or presentations; supervising independent study projects; and submitting grades. Stevenson University uses the Blackboard course management system.
Maintain and improve competence in subjects being taught
Prepare courses and syllabi in accordance with published faculty workload guidelines
Provide feedback to students via assignments and exams
Hold office hours.
Conduct student advising activities including time spent providing students with support, resources, and/or recommendations regarding, academic, curricular, career and/or graduate school matters.
Meet with students as related to instructional activity.
Evaluate, update, and revise courses regularly.
Participate in the assessment activities of the Program, Department, School, and University.
Collegiality, as well as professional and ethical conduct, enhances teaching, learning and the general reputation of all persons in the academy. Therefore, all faculty members are expected to serve in a collegial fashion and in accordance with professional and ethical principles when dealing with other faculty members, students, administrators, and members of the public.
Every faculty member is guaranteed academic freedom in accordance with the statement on academic freedom and responsibilities of faculty members, as in the policy manuals.
Develop and maintain independent intellectual pursuits—including scholarly, applied, or creative projects—that enhance teaching effectiveness.
Attend conferences, meetings, and talks related to professional interests, including those of professional societies.
Pursue internal and external funding sources to support scholarly activity, as relevant.
Attend professional development workshops, meetings, and conferences related to responsibilities as Graduate Program Director including those of professional societies.
Serve as primary contact, internally and externally, for the graduate programs in Psychology.
Attend all faculty, staff, University, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences meetings.
Attend all convocations, including commencement exercises.
Serve as an academic advisor to students.
Serve on Department, School, and/or University committees.
Participate in Department, School, and/or University events.
Participate in professional service, including the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the profession, community, and university.
As Maryland's third-largest independent university, Stevenson serves more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees in the classroom and online. Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the University is committed to providing a career-focused education and to offering programs that ensure our students' success in an increasingly dynamic job market.The University imbues its emphasis on career throughout the educational experience, from coursework to experiential learning. In addition to providing students with a quality liberal arts education, the University also stays true to its tagline, "Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career." Stevenson graduates gain the knowledge and skills that they can apply to not just their first job or graduate course but also carry with them throughout their lives. This promise is made explicit through the Career ArchitectureSM model, which carefully mentors students through a process of learning who they are within a framework of theory, practice, and mentoring. Stevenson has historically high job and graduate school placement rates for its students, helping them find success by starting their careers or by ente...ring graduate school for continuing their education. In 2013, the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) recognized the impact of the Career Architecture process by awarding Stevenson with its annual MCDA Organizational Career Planning Award. This award recognizes an institution that has developed an excellent program for career development within the organization.