PsyD Program Director for the School of Graduate Psychology

March 24, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 9, 2023
Pacific University Oregon

Position Description

Pacific University Oregon, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time PsyD Program Director for the School of Graduate Psychology.  The University is seeking an innovative and visionary leader to continue the strong legacy of the School of Graduate Psychology (SGP).  The Director reports directly to the Dean for the School of Graduate Psychology, one of eight schools with the College of Health Professions (CHP).

The Position: 
The Director has overall responsibility for the administrative leadership and management of the PsyD Program.  They have oversight over all day to day operations and directing accreditation activities related to the APA-accredited PsyD Program. The PsyD Program is an academic community that is dedicated to cultural infusion and preparation of clinical psychology doctoral students to work as health service psychologists in a range of settings and roles.  The Director also serves as a visible, engaged representative of the SGP and the University to the external community.  The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of clinical and counseling psychology education issues and trends and a working knowledge of the role of psychology education relative to the other health professions represented in the College of Health Professions. The role requires a record of successful administrative leadership, resource development, and financial management experience. They will value student-centered, interprofessional and inquiry-based learning models.  The Director will support the faculty’s scholarly endeavors and encourage curriculum assessment and improvement.  

They will demonstrate the capacity to embrace the University’s historic mission of serving the underserved.  In addition, they will demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity. The Director will also help recruit and manage faculty, serve on and participate in departmental and college-wide committees.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the operation and administration of the PsyD Program;
  • Responsible for teaching, advising and mentoring students in the PsyD Program including leading program orientations and/or other programs within the School as appropriate;
  • Pursue a robust scholarly agenda in the field, serve on department, school-wide and institutional-wide committees, ad hoc task forces, work groups and perform student recruitment activities as well as participate in curricular design, course and program review, assessment and evaluation;
  • Exhibit strong communication skills, proactive problem-solving skills, support students and work well in teams;
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion that engages students and values each person’s contribution to the shared Pacific University educational mission.

The position requires a thorough understanding of contemporary psychology education and practice issues, and trends on the national, regional and state levels.  The Director will have the opportunity to continue developing a more influential role for the SGP in the profession, capitalizing on the School’s strengths in clinical training and innovative practice. The School offers four training programs, a terminal master’s degree (Applied Psychological Sciences) program, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology program, a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology and a pre-doctoral internship that is part of our Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health (PCH) Clinic.  The role requires experience with and a commitment to systematic planning, assessment and continuous programmatic improvement.

Key Responsibilities of the Director:

  • Work effectively with the School’s faculty and staff, inspiring their energy and creativity for the benefit of the entire enterprise and fostering a collaborative, team-building atmosphere among them;
  • Value learner-centered, interprofessional and inquiry-based learning models.  They are responsible for fostering a unity of purpose and mission among faculty who bring different strengths to and have different roles in carrying out the School’s educational mission;
  • Value and support the School’s emerging research enterprise and foster faculty efforts to develop research agendas and secure grant funding;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to students and to the profession through their professional experience and/or service activities;
  • Understand and value providing leadership within a shared governance tradition;      
  • Represent the School and University externally through participation in appropriate civic, service and professional organizations, and in relevant state and national venues;
  • Work in partnership with the University’s leadership to support fundraising efforts for the School’s and University’s priorities;
  • Demonstrate passion for and significant experience in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity;


The ideal candidate will have an appreciation of and a deep commitment to the value of psychology education and the profession.  They will have a genuine interest in – even a passion for – the University’s historic mission of serving the underserved.  An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree is required, as are credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor.  In addition, evidence of the following qualities is also desired:

  • The highest ethics and integrity, maturity, tact, diplomacy and judgment;
  • An awareness of current trends and issues in psychology education, on the national, regional and state levels;
  • The ability to think and plan strategically, strong organizational skills, a record of successful fiscal management, and experience with and a commitment to assessment and continuous programmatic improvement;
  • The ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity;
  • Senior level administrative experience, preferably in an educational setting, a collegial and open approach to administration and a commitment to a shared faculty governance tradition;
  • An understanding of the importance of enrollment management issues and experience initiating successful student recruitment and retention strategies;
  • The ability to evaluate, mentor, coach, motivate, and inspire faculty and staff;
  • Skill in supporting and expanding peer review and mentoring of teaching skills and practices;
  • The capacity to represent the School and its mission effectively within CHP, the University and externally, including relevant national, regional and state entities;
  • A genuine interest in and talent for building positive relationships with the School’s alumni and industry-based stakeholders;
  • The ability (in consultation with University leaders) to prepare and articulate the case for philanthropic support of the School and College.

About The Institution

The School of Graduate Psychology (SGP):
Pacific’s School of Graduate Psychology, one of eight schools that comprise the University’s College of Health Professions, was accredited in 1990 and has a long history of success.  The SGP’s Clinical PsyD program emphasizes clinical education and practical training reflecting the latest empirical findings in the field and combines coursework, practicum placements, and dissertation with professional support to help students complete the program with a versatile degree for practice, teaching or research.  In-house clinical training facilities also provide clinics for training doctoral students.  The SGP maintains the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic, a training clinic located at two sites in Hillsboro and Portland.  These clinics offer a wide range of psychological services to the community.

The faculty and staff are committed to providing a professional curriculum that is learner-centered and focused.  The Clinical PsyD program offers five emphases within the generalist program which allows students to focus training on a specific area with its own defined curriculum and clinical opportunities. 

The PsyD Program has three primary aims:

  1. To prepare culturally and ethically competent, grounded, and humble practitioners who are committed to lifelong learning and application of knowledge;
  2. To prepare culturally and ethically competent, grounded, and humble scholars who are committed to lifelong learning and application of knowledge; and
  3. To prepare culturally and ethically competent, grounded, and humble psychologists who are committed to lifelong learning and application of knowledge.

The College of Health Professions:
Pacific’s College of Health Professions (CHP) is dedicated to preparing leaders in innovative healthcare for a diverse global community.  All of its programs further Pacific’s mission: A diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice, Pacific University inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world.  (Please see Appendix A for CHP’s Mission, Vision and Values Statements)

CHP was established on the University’s Forest Grove campus in 2004, by consolidating four existing schools – Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Professional Psychology – under one administrative umbrella.  In August 2006, the College relocated to new facilities in Hillsboro, eight miles east of Forest Grove.  At that time, CHP launched two additional Schools – Dental Health Science and Pharmacy. The School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership, was added in 2008.  In 2012, the School of Audiology was added, increasing to eight the number of schools currently comprising the College.

In Fall 2020, CHP enrolled a total of approximately 80 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students.  The College employs a total of 170 full-time faculty and staff.  Its operating budget is $29 million for the 21-22 fiscal year.  College revenues are generated through tuition (94%), clinic fees (2%) and grants or gifts (4%).  All of the CHP programs leading to a clinical practice credential are accredited by their relevant professional accreditation bodies.

Additional information about Pacific University’s College of Health Professions may be found here: College of Health Professions | Pacific University

Pacific University Oregon:
Pacific enrolls approximately 3850 (1768 undergraduate and 2082 graduate) students from more than 30 states and 28 foreign countries, engaged in 65 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate fields of study. In addition to the historic 55-acre campus in Forest Grove where Arts and Sciences, Optometry, Education and undergraduate Business are located, the University maintains campuses in Hillsboro (Health Professions and graduate Business), Eugene (Education and Arts and Sciences’ Social Work program), Woodburn (Education) and downtown Portland (Graduate Psychology, Optometry and Arts and Sciences’ MFA program). About 1,000 undergraduates are housed on the Forest Grove campus. Nearly 98% of the undergraduate students receive financial aid. Pacific has approximately 25,000 living alumni.

Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University will leverage the generosity of our supporters to provide steady and reliable funding, ensuring Pacific’s bright future.  With a goal of raising $80 million, the campaign focuses on Pacific’s promise for tomorrow, extraordinary new learning environments and resources, and our continuing investment in a boundless future. Recent significant gifts have included a $1 million donation to support a joint optometry and dental hygiene mobile clinic program that includes equipment and endowment to support faculty and staff, and a significant endowment to support the university libraries that serve all campuses.

In recent years, Pacific has experienced the most prosperous and expansive growth period in its history. Two residence halls, a state-of-the-art library, an education and business building, the health professions campus and extensive athletic facilities were constructed between 2004 and 2008. The health professions campus is located in Hillsboro’s “Health and Education District” in LEED-certified buildings. A new residence hall and renovations to the University Center were completed in the summer of 2014 on the Forest Grove campus. During the period 2001-2017, overall enrollment increased from 2,281 to 3,900 students, primarily due to growth in the health professions.

Rankings and Recognition:
Pacific University is the number one private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks number 10 on the West Coast, amongst universities like USC and Stanford.

Pacific University ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s top National Universities for 2020.  Pacific University is listed on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s list of America’s Top Colleges-a list that includes only the top third of all undergraduate institutions.

Dr. Jenny Coyle will lead Pacific University as the institution’s 18th President beginning in July, 2022.  She will succeed President Lesley M. Hallick, who is retiring after 13 years of service.  Dr. Coyle brings nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, healthcare and leadership as she returns to Pacific, where she is an alumna, parent, and former professor and dean in the College of Optometry.  Currently dean of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Dr. Coyle earned her bachelor of vision science in 1990, doctor of optometry in 1993, and master of science in vision science in 2000, all from Pacific University.

Ultimate responsibility for the management and welfare of Pacific University resides with a Board of Trustees of up to 41 members. The current board is chaired by long-time board member Gerald Yoshida, a Pacific graduate. Its members represent broad public interests as well as the University’s constituencies, including alumni, faculty and students. Board membership is enhanced by additional Emeriti Trustees and one Honorary Trustee.

Additional information about Pacific University may be found at

About The Community

The Greater Pacific University Oregon Community:
Hillsboro, the fifth largest city in Oregon and the county seat for Washington County, has a diverse population of over 99,000 people.  It is eight miles east of Pacific’s historic campus in Forest Grove, a small, rural city of 22,000.  Both cities combine small-town charm with close proximity to Portland, the Pacific Ocean, the Coastal Range, and the Oregon wine country.

Hillsboro is the western terminus for the MAX light rail Blue Line, providing easy access to the urban amenities, arts and cultural offerings of downtown Portland, 18 miles to the east.  It is in the heart of what is often referred to as the “Silicon Forest” for its continuing growth as a center for high technology.  The area enjoys a healthy economy linked directly to a diverse industrial base that includes such companies as Intel and Nike.

Additional information about Hillsboro may be found at

Additional information about Forest Grove may be found at

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the PsyD Program Director for the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University Oregon should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Adam W. Barrett, Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associate

The full and complete application should contain the following information: Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV outlining your career in higher education psychology and other related areas;
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you; and
  4. A statement about how you will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the program (this may be included in your cover letter).

This search will remain open until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,