USM Clinical Assistant Faculty in Educational and School Psychology

22 Jun 2021 8:47 AM | Anonymous

Are you committed to preparing highly qualified school psychologists to support academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success for the diverse school-aged population? Do you have an interest in providing clinical supervision as part of an innovative collaboration between the state department of education and a public university within the beautiful state of Maine? If so, we invite you to apply to join our team.

The Department of Educational and School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine (USM) is seeking a Clinical Assistant Faculty to support our growing specialist and doctoral-level school psychology programs. This continuing contract, year-round position will assume responsibility for designing, coordinating, and supervising field-based experiences for school psychology trainees within Maine’s PK-12 public schools. This is a unique opportunity to join an established and collaborative faculty working in partnership with the state department of education to recruit, train, and retain highly qualified school psychologists and thereby increase Maine students’ access to comprehensive academic and mental and behavioral health services. Key responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Collaborating with the current field-placement coordinator to expand field-based training partnerships with Maine schools;
  • Providing individual, on-site clinical supervision to school psychology trainees in order to support priority initiatives (e.g., MTSS, PBIS, SEL, and specialized program development) in partnering Maine schools;
  • Providing group supervision and didactic trainings for school psychology trainees enrolled in practicum and internship courses; and
  • Collaborating with departmental faculty to develop and deliver competency-based training in clinical supervision to school psychologists employed by partnering Maine schools.

Since 1989, the Department of Educational and School Psychology at USM has prepared school psychologists with the competencies to support the diverse needs of school-aged children by delivering evidence-based services within a collaborative, problem-solving framework. The department presently offers a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, an MS in Educational Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration), an MS in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Concentration), and a PsyD in School Psychology. Faculty and graduate students in the department routinely collaborate on scholarly projects and engage actively with the local school psychology community. The successful candidate will join a supportive team dedicated to promoting equitable outcomes for the school-aged population by providing quality graduate training and engaging meaningfully with the community.

The Department of Educational and School Psychology is part of USM’s School of Education and Human Development, which aims to foster respectful and collaborative learning communities, well-informed decision-making, valid reasoning, and a concern for equity and social justice in the fields of education and human development. Faculty are well-respected practitioners and scholars, who are deeply committed to their students and active in both state and national professional associations. The larger USM community also lives the service promise, Student Focused Every Day, and endorses the core values of Respect and Care, Integrity, Equity, and Responsiveness.

USM is located in the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Portland Maine’s metro area is home to over half a million people that make up a lively community, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor recreation, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of USM’s three campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. The Clinical Assistant Faculty will join the USM community on the Gorham campus and realize a mission of service to Maine’s public schools.

School psychologists in Maine support diverse populations, including English language learners, students who are refugees or asylum-seekers, Indigenous students, and students with disabilities. The Department of Educational and School Psychology is committed to building a community of faculty and school psychology trainees that reflects the diversity of the students and school communities we serve. We welcome candidates with multicultural competence, and applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in psychology
  • 3 years of full-time experience as a practicing school psychologist
  • Eligible for credentialing as a school psychologist by the Maine Department of Education
  • Eligible for licensure as a psychologist by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Benefits and Resources:

USM provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee and Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more. An overview of USM’s benefits package is available here. To learn more about employment, benefits, and local resources, please visit USM’s Human Resources Center.

To Apply: Apply online at: You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload the following documents.

Required documents include:

  • Cover Letter
Please include a statement of your philosophy of teaching and supervision and a statement of your approach to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
  • CV/Resume
  • Finalists will be asked to provide contact information for three references.

All materials must be submitted by July 16, 2021. The position start date is negotiable between September 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).