Dean of Academic Programs (immediate opening)
The Michigan School of Psychology, an independent not-for-profit graduate school, provides an educational climate which inspires students to live up to their potential, professionally and personally. Offering an APA accredited Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, our mission is to educate psychologists today who will transform our world tomorrow.
We are seeking talented applicants for the Dean of Academic Programs position. The Dean of Academic Programs is responsible for providing overall administrative leadership for the Master of Arts, the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis programs. The Dean monitors, develops, and implements policies, procedures and practices designed to ensure the effective delivery of academic programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. In addition, the Dean supports the academic programs and promotes excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship.
To successfully fulfill the responsibilities of this position, the Dean must demonstrate an appreciation of diverse perspectives and approaches as well as MSP’s core values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Dean is responsible for creating and maintaining a culture in which academic programs thrive and graduate students are successful. This includes working cooperatively with student services staff and contributing to a collaborative culture that supports student satisfaction, retention, and successful completion. As part of the administrative leadership team, the Dean’s role is integral in maintaining effective communication between administration and faculty and faculty and staff.
Reporting to the Vice President, the Dean plays a key role in administrative decision-making and collaborates on operational, budgetary and personnel matters. The Dean provides appropriate leadership in campus and school-wide initiatives to include academic program review and evaluation, and plays a key role in accreditation activities, including annual data reporting. The Dean oversees faculty development and supports the institution in academic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities.
This is a full-time administrative position. The Dean serves as a member of the executive leadership team and contributes to the deliberations and implementation of institutional policies and practices. The Academic Program Directors and Director of Clinical Training (DCT) report directly to the Dean.
- Supervises and guides the work of the Program Directors and Director of Clinical Training regarding curriculum planning and assessment, faculty/student concerns, and implementation of policies.
- Leads initiatives and ongoing activities to recruit, support, develop, and evaluate faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship/research, and service. Facilitates faculty hiring, appointments and renewal according to institutional procedure.
- With support from the Director of Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, reviews credentials for faculty and verify faculty are qualified to teach their assigned courses.
- Supervises all faculty; facilitates faculty orientation and mentoring initiatives. Manages the annual faculty review process; implements professional development plans as needed.
- Collaborates with Program Directors on creating the annual schedule of program faculty meetings, Faculty Council and Professional Development Days. Facilitates Faculty Council as non-voting member; establish agendas and assists in facilitating discussions.
- Develops and maintains effective channels of communication.
- Works closely with Program Directors to monitor faculty workload.
- Works closely with Student Services personnel in creating collaborative operational processes related to the admission and retention of students, course scheduling, monitoring academic standing and review of policies and procedures.
- Assists in marketing and outreach initiatives to promote the school, student recruitment, and community engagement.
- Manages the Academic Support Budget to include approval of faculty and student travel and professional development funds.
Academic Integrity and Scholarship/Research
- Leads curriculum oversight; identifies need for new or revised curriculum according to accreditation standards and emerging trends; ensures development and implementation of curriculum changes.
- Promotes effective use of instructional technology as appropriate in the learning environment.
- Provides guidance and oversight for initiatives related to faculty development, academic and instructional quality, integrity, and rigor.
- Facilitates faculty research, scholarship, teaching excellence, and service to the community and profession.
- Ensures quality of the dissertation process; approves payments and final dissertation for submission.
- Supervises activities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure compliance with ethical research practices.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
- Provides academic DEI leadership; implements and maintains a DEI-informed curriculum, including teaching, relevancy of course materials, ongoing faculty training, and multi-culturally informed research.
- Promotes diversity in the academic programs, including recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students.
Academic Policy and Procedure
- Assists Program Directors and faculty in managing institutional processes established for resolution of student concerns or complaints in a timely manner to include those that are escalated to the Dean’s Office. Manages student academic issues, grade appeals, academic policies, grievances and other areas of problem resolution.
- Coordinates the development, revision and implementation of academic policies and procedures. Ensures compliance with academic and instructional processes to support effective operations and integrity.
- Develops budget recommendations and manages budget allocations for academic support.
- Leads instructional areas through planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Ensures schedules are developed to meet student needs and faculty workload is efficiently distributed.
- Guides the academic programs in keeping up-to-date on the latest trends in instructional methods, technology, and effective pedagogies for graduate student learning.
- On an ongoing basis, identifies areas in need of new or improved processes, documentation, resources, and/or communications and ensures these gaps are filled.
Accreditation and Licensing
- Ensures an ongoing culture of academic assessment and continuous improvement. Provides leadership for academic program reviews, assessment and program accreditation activities.
- Ensures collection of data for accreditation purposes.
- Assists the Director of Human Resources in annual assessments and surveys, reviews outcomes with appropriate faculty and staff for future action.
- Ensures the quality of the academic environment, including maintaining and achieving accreditation for all programs.
The ideal candidate will possess strong creative, conceptual, leadership and academic skills to include:
- A doctoral degree in Psychology (PhD or PsyD); knowledge of humanistic psychology and principals
- Full licensure as a psychologist, or license eligible in the State of Michigan preferred
- A minimum 3-5 years of experience in higher education as an academic administrator, preferably at the graduate school level
- College teaching experience required, preferably at the graduate level
- Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Understanding of graduate level instruction, research and doctoral dissertation committees
- Knowledge of APA and higher education accreditation processes preferred
- Evidence of active engagement in the profession of clinical psychology
- Demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities, including strong interpersonal, organization, and communication skills
- Excellent conflict-resolution skills
- Ability to foster an environment of respect, collaboration and inclusion among students, faculty, and student services personnel
- Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
The full-time administrative position is provided with competitive salary and benefits. Starting salary is a minimum of $110,000.
• Medical, dental and vision insurance
• Paid time off
• Retirement benefits (after one year of service)
• Flexible Spending Account
• Life, short and long-term disability insurance
COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all MSP employees and students.
The Michigan School of Psychology (MSP) is fully committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce and strongly welcomes applications from candidates who would enhance our inclusive educational community. MSP is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer.
A review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts
(unofficial accepted with application), and complete contact information for three references to:
Michigan School of Psychology
Human Resource Department
An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.
The MSP campus is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of metropolitan Detroit, the largest urban area in Michigan. A culturally and ethnically diverse area, known as the world’s automotive capital, it also contains many major corporations. Metro Detroit is rich in arts, culture and business opportunity with world class hotels, restaurants, entertainment, museums and theaters. In 2018, Time Magazine named Farmington Hills as the best place to live in Michigan.
Please visit our website (www.msp.edu) for more information about our commitment to diversity, inclusion and educational equity as well as to learn more about our history, our faculty and our community.