Faculty Research Specialist, Clinical Psychology

Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, California
Jun 19, 2024
Jun 22, 2024
Position Type
Faculty, Researcher, Specialist
Work Mode
On-site, Remote
Employment Type
Organization Type



POSITION TITLE: Faculty Research Specialist - Quantitative Specialty (Two half-time positions)

Reports to: Program Director, Clinical Psychology Program

Position: Regular, half-time (.5 FTE), 12-month

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: The budgeted salary range that the university reasonably expects to pay for this position is $37,000 - $38,000 annually.

Full Salary Range: The full salary range for the position is $37,000 - $40,000 annually
FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Remote with required attendance at a limited number of National & Regional Sessions

Preferred Start Date: January 1, 2025

Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable, and consistent pay practices at the university.

The application deadline is July 31, 2024.

Applications will only be considered complete if both a cover letter and a CV are uploaded. (Do not use Easy Apply.)

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Fielding Graduate University offers an innovative, global graduate community dedicated to educating scholars, leaders, and practitioners in pursuit of a more just and sustainable world. We do this by providing exemplary interdisciplinary programs within a distributed and relational learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry that leads to enhanced knowledge and practice. Fielding has approximately 1,050 students and more than 150 faculty members residing throughout the United States and internationally. (Visit our website at .)

The Faculty Research Specialist (FRS) provides consultation to graduate students during the dissertation process, serves as an advisor to or member of the dissertation committee, and gives written feedback on documents developed during the dissertation process. In addition, the Faculty Research Specialist Quantitative Specialty is expected to teach online courses in quantitative approaches to research design and data analysis. The FRS will attend one national meeting per year, Winter, Summer, or Fall Session, to teach face-to-face seminars. The FRS may also participate in supervising research practicum students, either working on their own research or as a consultant to other faculty members research practicum teams. In addition, the FRS will be appointed to and participate in the FRS Committee and possibly one of the other standing Clinical Psychology faculty committees.


1 - Provide consultation during the dissertation process.

The Faculty Research Specialist serves as advisor to or member of the dissertation committee; provides written feedback on documents including concept papers, drafts of dissertation proposals and dissertation drafts. Also participates in the final oral review (seen as akin to a dissertation defense).
  • Feedback to students and their committees is communicated in writing and occurs at all stages of the dissertation process, from initial concept paper (preliminary draft of research ideas) through finished draft.
  • The number of dissertations (ranges from 15-25) on which a half-time FRS is expected to serve is established contractually based on percentage time and other assignments.
  • 2 - Teach Online Courses in Research Design and Analysis.

    FRS are expected to teach 12-15 credits per year of research design and analysis courses depending on their contractual obligations, specific research skills and workload.

    3 - Attend the Residential Sessions and offer in person Research Skills Seminars.

    Faculty Research Specialists are expected to attend one residential session each year.Timing is arranged based on school needs and the FRS s availability. At these meetings FRS perform the following functions:
  • Meet with dissertation students and their committees.
  • Present 3 days of Research Skills Seminars.
  • Attend Community Meetings, Clinical Faculty Committee meetings, and FRS Meetings.
  • Meet with individual students to discuss dissertation related themes as time permits.
  • 4 - Serve as an advisor to faculty regarding issues of research design and analysis.

    The FRS is not expected to run analyses for faculty or students and is not expected to write sections of papers or grant proposals without clearly stated agreements regarding authorship or other compensation. Specific consultation times shall be mutually agreed upon by FRS and those receiving consultation.

    5 - Attend FRS meetings and Clinical Faculty Committee meetings, either in person or virtually.

  • A doctorate in psychology, sociology, statistics, biostatistics, preventive medicine, public health, data science or a closely related discipline is required.
  • Record of research and scholarly publications utilizing quantitative methods.
  • Experience in progressive student-centered education for adult learners, including teaching at the graduate level.
  • Supervision of doctoral dissertations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including intercultural awareness and competence in teaching students from diverse multicultural backgrounds.
  • Experience in multimedia forms of communication, including on-line teaching.
  • Availability to travel up to 10 days per year to residential sessions in various parts of the country.

  • The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in communicating complex quantitative methodological issues in a conceptual manner to psychology graduate students with diverse substantive backgrounds and differing levels of research expertise. We expect that the successful candidate will have an established and ongoing record of research that focuses on the use of quantitative methods and/or demonstrates the use of these methods. A strong commitment to distance education and a desire to communicate collegially with students and faculty is particularly desirable.


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    Fielding Graduate University is committed to inclusive excellence and encourages diversity and inclusivity in all its enterprises. As an equal opportunity employer committed to social justice, we value and welcome individuals of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, marital status, national origins, race and ethnicities, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, veteran status and other visible and nonvisible differences. We seek employees who are committed to creating a respectful . click apply for full job details