Director and Core Faculty - Integral and Transpersonal Psychology

  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • SAN FRANCISCO, California, United States, 94103
  • Jul 12, 2018
Full time Education

Job Description

Company Description:

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,600 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS, and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning counseling and acupuncture clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Job Description:


The Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) course of study is an online, research-oriented, Ph.D.-only course of study. Its goal is to advance a transformative psychology of the whole person that meets the standards of scientific inquiry. It is designed for the needs and goals of working professionals, be they entrepreneurs seeking to ground themselves in scholarship, practitioners looking to deepen their knowledge in order to contribute to their field, or individuals with a desire to expand their horizons. The core curriculum offers an overview of the many whole-person approaches to psychology, blended with a strong emphasis on scholarly and research skills. Current focus areas include integral and transpersonal psychology, somatic studies, and consciousness studies and contemplative neuroscience.

The Director is responsible for providing leadership for all administrative and fiscal activities related to the operation of the ITP department and for working closely and collaboratively with the faculty to coordinate academic activities. The department houses an online program at the doctoral level. It comprises 80 students, 2.5 core faculty, 4 adjunct faculty, 1 staff, 1 student assistant, and a variable number of research and teaching assistants.

The Director has major responsibility for administering and monitoring the departmental budget; for directing departmental staff; for coordinating curricular enhancement, academic assessment, and academic personnel development with the faculty committee chairs; for communicating Institute policies and administrative procedures to the department's faculty, staff, and students; and for communicating the needs of the department to Institute administrative officials. The Director facilitates the department's planning and operations by engaging collegially with the department's staff, with its core and adjunct faculty members, and with key Institute administrators. By leading multi-dimensional efforts to enable efficiency and effectiveness in departmental processes, the Director ensures that faculty and students have the resources and information required to carry out their respective roles and responsibilities.

The Director will also be instrumental in the improvement of services to distance students and in the planning, development, and assessment of expanded online education offerings in the School of Consciousness and Transformation.


Faculty & Program Administration

  • Work collaboratively with faculty
  • Implement strategic objectives for the department's current and planned academic programs
  • Monitor and assess the attainment of curricular goals
  • Maintain the quality and currency of program curricula
  • Review and report on attainment of student learning outcomes
  • Develop the class schedule (AY grid)
  • Provide advocacy for faculty excellence in teaching mentoring, and academic advising
  • Ensure that instructional schedules are submitted as required and modified as needed
  • Coordinate the self-study component of the program review process administered by the AVP and CARC (Curriculum & Academic Review Committee)
  • Coordinate new faculty orientation, mentoring, and evaluation
  • Allocate faculty workload
  • Coordinate contract renewal, annual review, and sabbatical proposals with the AVP and the Faculty Evaluation, Promotion, & Scholarship Committee (FEPS) Student Recruitment, Admission, Retention & Success
  • Create a departmental climate that supports student growth
  • Coordinate academic advising and mentoring initiatives, ensuring optimal quality and availability
  • Develop and maintain community among departmental faculty, staff, and students
  • Facilitate collaboration with Alumni Office initiatives

Department Administration

  • Convene and facilitate department meetings
  • Coordinate all department communications, processes, and procedures
  • Develop the department's annual budget and articulate its priorities to Institute authorities
  • Monitor departmental spending
  • Supervise the Program Coordinator and other departmental staff
  • Ensure compliance with Institute policies and procedures related to hiring of student assistants, research assistants, and teaching assistants
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Provost and/or Institute administrators, and carry out assigned duties in accordance with CIIS policy

Core Faculty Duties

  • Teach 9 units per year
  • Advise new and continuing students
  • Serve on university committees
  • Attend faculty and student meetings
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and Dean of School
  • Conduct information sessions and admissions interviews
  • Attend CIIS-wide open houses
  • Engage in professional development



In reviewing applications, the committee will place high value on:

  • Commitment to the mission and disciplines explored by the ITP Department
  • Scholarly expertise and/or proficiency in teaching in such areas as critical thinking, scholarly writing, research design, research methods, integral psychology, transpersonal psychology, transpersonal studies, contemplative psychology, ecopsychology, consciousness studies, somatic psychology, and neuroscience
  • Experience in teaching courses that focus on the intersection of psychology and spirituality across cultures
  • Scholarly publications and engaged scholarship in the above areas
  • Academic experience working with culturally diverse groups; demonstrable awareness of the importance of engaging and valuing diversity; viewing diversity as integral to all phases of education and scholarship
  • Inspiring and effective teaching skills, including facilitation of experiential learning
  • Ability to mentor students and direct doctoral dissertations
  • Willingness to participate in ITP community events and to take up administrative responsibilities


  • 10 years in office management or supervisory positions in an academic setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Superb interpersonal and client service skills appropriate to a highly-collaborative environment based on mutual respect
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the particular needs and concerns of faculty, staff, and students, with particular emphasis on distance students
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of departmental objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage budgets
  • Experience in the supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of employee performance
  • Proficiency in basic computer functionality, including e-mail, internet, MS Office, and relational databases
  • Familiarity with online education formats
  • Familiarity with the administration of graduate-level programs
  • Commitment to advocating for the educational and development needs of adult learners in a distance learning environment
  • Earned Master's degree; doctoral degree preferred


  • Teaching experience and/or a record of intellectual and professional contributions to a field of professional practice
  • Experience with community outreach and external constituent relations

Additional Information:


  • Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
  • Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Relocation Assistance -- This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).

Application Instructions:

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Using the Apply Now link, please submit the following online:

  • Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, research and teaching interests
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Philosophy
  • Writing Sample 1
  • Writing Sample 2
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • List of References (and their email addresses), minimum of three individuals who may be contacted, upon review of your application, to submit written letters of reference upon request

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