Department Chair- Forensic Psychology (Southern California)

companyThe Chicago School of Professional Psychology
locationAnaheim, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/2/2024
Full Time

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Department of Forensic Psychology is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Department Chair. The Forensic department operates two programs: Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology and MA in Forensic Psychology. Courses are taught in a blended format (on-ground and online); on-ground classes meet every other weekend and students complete online work between class meetings. This position will be based at either our downtown LA or Anaheim, CA locations. Both programs in the department operate on the Anaheim and Los Angeles campuses. The Department Chair oversees the programs on both campuses. The Department Chair reports to the Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology.

As a Department within The Chicago School, the Forensic Department is guided by the Engaged Practitioner Model, which is based upon learning through community service and “grooming students to be ‘engaged’ and active participants in their communities.” Successful applicants for this position should be able to demonstrate training and experience providing services within forensic settings and/or with forensic populations. Such experience will be an important influence on the educational resources available to our students.

The department seeks an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness, professional development and scholarship, integrity and ethics, respect for diversity and pluralism, innovation, flexibility, and teamwork and collaboration. Candidates who will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through their teaching, scholarship, and service are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key Areas of Responsibility

People Management

  • Recruit, hire, and manage qualified and diverse faculty in alignment with budget allowances and university need. Build and manage a faculty team that is inclusive and welcoming of diverse voices, new perspectives, and innovation.
  • Develop and apply a structured, data-driven system for mentoring, supervising and evaluating the teaching, advisement, and other duties performed by faculty members to ensure student achievement of program and institutional learning outcomes.
  • Ensure department faculty remain active in scholarship and service as evidenced by membership in institutional committee work, professional organizations, publications, presentations, and colloquia.

Academic Quality & Innovation

  • In coordination with the university academic leadership, conduct regularly scheduled curriculum reviews and revisions to ensure currency and alignment with competencies desired by employers.
  • Lead student development efforts (monitoring satisfactory academic progress, supervising Department efforts to support student development through Academic Development Plans and Professional Performance Evaluations and representing the Department(s) at institutional Student Community Standards Committee with the goal of supporting student progress through the curriculum and timely degree completion.
  • Teach up to 12 credits per academic year, depending upon level of appointment and scope of administrative responsibilities.
  • Lead, in collaboration with academic affairs leaders, the department with any accreditation, department review, or assessment(s) required of the department including participation in research and writing for any necessary self-study or department-related reports to maintain ongoing accreditation and good status with accreditors.
  • Ensure student concerns are effectively addressed in a timely and responsive manner in support of student satisfaction and retention.
  • Actively cultivate opportunities for students to participate in scholarship and community engagement such that students are regularly participating in the production of scholarly work products and/or involved in community activities beyond the campus.
  • Supervise student research as Thesis or Dissertation Chair and ensure faculty are successfully advising student research to successful completion within or ahead of expected program completion times.
  • Ensure that department faculty remain current in knowledge and skills regarding emerging instructional technology into classroom instruction to support ongoing innovation and instructional excellence.

Academic Operations & Budget Management

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the department(s) to ensure quality student experience and faculty performance expectations are maintained.
  • Direct course scheduling in a manner that supports the student experience via ensuring adequate class size and assigning faculty who are properly credentialed and trained to deliver assigned course content. Course scheduling should additionally incorporate opportunities for collaborative course offerings between geographic locations and delivery modalities.
  • Represent the department at meetings, student events, and other related events to facilitate collaborative decision making, student engagement, building program and university awareness in the community.
  • In collaboration with university academic leadership, lead the development of strategic academic and budget plans for the department, including recommendations from the assessment and department review process to inform student enrollment growth targets and program staffing needs.
  • In collaboration with the university academic leadership, seek and implement opportunities to integrate emerging instructional technology into the curriculum delivery model/s with consideration given to expanding opportunities for remote synchronous and distance learning.

Strategic Growth

  • Collaborate with admissions team to ensure timely review of admissions files and development of materials to support achievement of new student recruiting goals.
  • In collaboration with university leadership, develop and execute a plan for community engagement in support of expanding awareness and driving new student enrollment at The Chicago School.
  • Partner with university leaders in mitigating student attrition.

Position Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in Clinical, Forensic, or Counseling Psychology.
  • License to practice Psychology, preferably in CA
  • Strong record of administrative experience in higher education.
  • Teaching and academic administration at graduate level as well as professional experience in the field of forensic psychology.
  • Experience with online as well as on ground teaching formats.
  • Must have a strong interest in the development of leaders, as this job requires the development of future leaders in the field through curriculum.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage operational processes including the program budget.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Solid people development skills with a focus on providing opportunities for faculty and staff to excel. 
  • The Department Chair must be able to balance institutional priorities with program needs and initiatives.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Compensation & Benefits

This opportunity is budgeted at $$110,000 to $123,000 base compensation. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.


The Chicago School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please note: For the protection of faculty, staff, students, and all who enter our facilities, The Chicago School strongly recommends that all employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per CDC guidance.