University of Washington Tacoma — Assistant Professor of Psychology Clinical / Counseling

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS) and the division of Social, Behavioral, and Human Sciences (SBHS) at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) is seeking to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in clinical or counseling psychology to engage in research and teaching that supports the unit’s commitment to equity and social justice. This is a full-time tenure track position with a 9-month service period to begin September, 2023. Our campus has expanded significantly in the last two decades and the psychology major is one of the largest majors at UWT. Our division includes psychologists and social scientists across areas of social, developmental, community, cognitive, clinical, counseling, and health psychology. Our division values equitable scheduling and all faculty contribute to teaching foundational psychology courses. We are building a growing community of scholars to collectively support our psychology curriculum and add programs of research that are transformative and future-oriented.

The area of specialization within clinical or counseling psychology is open, but successful candidates will be expected to engage in and sustain robust research activity within the field of psychology and at UWT. Applicants will be expected to provide high quality teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level, including engaging students in research, and to promote the success of students from underrepresented groups. Faculty typically teach six courses across three quarters (usually two per quarter). The successful candidate will be expected to teach Abnormal Psychology, and courses in our clinical core (e.g., Controversies in Clinical Psychology). They may also teach advanced topics courses in the candidate’s specialization and foundational psychology courses (e.g., Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods).

They will also be expected to support the Division’s commitment to institutional, professional, and community service. The successful candidate will be expected to uphold the Division’s commitment to supporting diverse student populations through inclusive teaching practices and through the integration of effective pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning.

SBHS Division: We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive climate in our division, school, and campus. Our faculty are engaged in university-community research collaborations throughout the South Sound, and have active research teams that include UWT undergraduate student researchers. You can learn more about us at: SBHS Mission Vision & Values | UW Tacoma

Our Campus:  The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown Tacoma campus of the University of Washington that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Most of our students are students of color and first- generation college students. Many are also student parents and in veteran-connected families. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, as well as UWT’s Office of Research and Office of Community Partnerships, while working and teaching within an intimate campus setting (most class sizes are 40 students). Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and community engagement is central to maintaining an inclusive atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth within our campus and broader communities. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

This position requires an earned Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Psychology or related field at the time of appointment.

Application Instructions

  1. Cover Letter (2 pages or less) detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your prior experiences and qualifications match both the position’s description and the academic environment of the division and the university.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae including a list of courses taught.
  3. A diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (2 pages or less) that describes (with examples) your leadership, commitment, and experiences with DEI. Applicant’s statement should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds (and other minoritized identities) that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
  4. Statement of your research (2 pages or less) including a description of your current and anticipated research projects, how you envision these research plans being implemented at a primarily undergraduate institution, and how your research complements the mission, vision, and values of our SBHS Division and of UWT.
  5. Statement of your teaching philosophy (2 pages or less) including evidence of teaching effectiveness and a list of courses you are equipped to teach.
  6. Representative peer-reviewed reprint or preprint, or submitted manuscript.
  7. Three contacts for references able to provide a letter of recommendation upon request.

Please submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin November 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact Dr. Amanda Sesko at

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