School Psychology Position Description

Psychology Department

College of Science and Engineering

San Francisco State University


Position title: Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Psychology, with a specialization in School Psychology.

Start date: August, 2018

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Position Summary:

The position is in the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. From the heart of a diverse community, San Francisco State honors roots, stimulates intellectual and personal development, promotes equity, and inspires the courage to lead, create, and innovate. The Department of Psychology at SF State is dedicated to the discovery of knowledge about human behaviors, beliefs, and emotions. We seek to share knowledge with our students and with the greater community. Through the discovery of knowledge, we provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally, professionally, culturally and collectively as members of the larger community. We work in the classroom, research laboratory, and community to provide both undergraduate and graduate-level training that emphasizes psychological theory, the scientific method, and the application of psychological knowledge to important research, the community, and real world issues. Collectively, we promote a caring environment of mutual respect, transparency, and an appreciation for culture and diversity while driven by the SF State’s core values of Community, Courage, Equity, Life of Mind, and Resilience.

The position is a part of the graduate training concentration in School Psychology.  Excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment are integral in the training of our students.  Our students are trained as professional School Psychologists with an in-depth understanding and application of psychological functioning, competence to administer and interpret results from evidence-based assessments, strong clinical skills to provide culturally informed interventions to a diverse group of children, youth, and their families, and proficiency to offer quality services through clinical consultation in schools.  The School Psychology concentration is continuously reviewed to meet state and national requirements for professional training.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. We seek an Assistant or Associate Professor who is an excellent instructor, a productive scholar, and a practitioner with experience working with schools.

The workload primarily includes teaching assigned undergraduate and graduate courses in School Psychology and related areas in the discipline, such as Learning, Motivation, Behavior Problems of Children, Consultation, assessment, clinical interventions and supervision. Specifically, the teaching assignments will include core courses in the School Psychology concentration including PSY 721, 722, 728, 729, 829, 857, 855 as well as undergraduate courses such as PSY 491 or 493.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program that may include but is not limited to neuropsychological assessment and functioning (e.g., emotion dysregulation, learning disorders and/or developmental disorders); strategies for addressing neurocognitive development of children living in risk inducing environments; effective culturally-informed individual and group  interventions that address contextual factors affecting child and adolescent development; wellness promotion; early intervention and crisis prevention; effective strategies for clinical consultation, and work with diverse students and their families in schools. 

The successful candidate will be a practitioner with experience working in schools. Scholarship that advances knowledge in social emotional development, group process and dynamics (e.g., group interventions in schools), and the study of cultural contexts is especially desirable.

Additional responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, productive participation in departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and currency in both subject area and teaching methodologies.  

Essential Job Tasks:


  • Conduct research in School Psychology and related disciplines, and disseminate the research results/findings across diverse professional activities including publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other areas of professional activity such as presentations at professional conferences, professional workshops, and clinical consultation to schools (public and private).
  • Participate in additional scholarship activities such as professional memberships on national and local professional boards (journal/editorial boards, grant proposal review boards), and  professional activities where the individual’s expertise is utilized to enhance the relationship between the community and SF State;
  • Pursue extramural funding to support research. We encourage collaborative opportunities with faculty of like research;
  • Remain current with the discipline by acquiring knowledge of recent literature and readings, and collaborating with colleagues and other faculty members regarding related research;


  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources;
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as neuropsychological assessment, neurocognitive development, clinical consultation, group interventions in the schools, and the practice of School Psychology;
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Secure and maintain appropriate credentialing to provide supervision to students completing their fieldwork placements (first year fieldwork, practica and internships) in School Psychology;
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction and supervision for undergraduate student success and successful training of graduate students;
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;


  • Participate in the review process of the Program for accreditation and approval from the California state (Commission on Teacher Credential) and contribute to compliance with training expectations for the National Association of School Psychologists; 
  • Actively participate on assigned committees at the program, department, and/or  College levels;
  • Actively collaborate by collegial interactions to fulfill service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level;
  • Gradually assume leadership and responsibilities for coordinating the School Psychology Program.

San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers,  demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work, and actively participate in campus and community service. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category.  We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.