Bethel University

  • Program Director, Psychology

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/6/2018 1:49 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Job Summary

    Bethel University seeks an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the founding program director of Bethel’s planned Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program to be offered in the College of Adult and Professional Studies. The program director will lead the design, development, launch, and growth of a successful, high-quality psychology program. This person must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, and development.


    • Oversee and facilitate curriculum development
    • Oversee assessment plan
    • Initiate and oversee curricular change as assessment indicates to insure integrity, efficacy and relevance.
    • Ensures program meets APA Guidelines for developing an undergraduate psychology major


    • Assist in new faculty hiring process and orientation
    • Assign instructors to courses
    • Supervise & evaluate instructors
    • Intentional communication with faculty and staff
    • Communication with Divisional Dean/ Academic Dean/VP as appropriate


    Program Development:
    • Assist admission team with marketing, recruitment and admission events.
    • Interact with external audiences for program promotion
    • Explore and respond to trends for discipline


    Learner Contact: 
    • Maintain teaching load in program as able.
    • In collaboration with the Office of Student Success, adjudicate student academic and professional issues as needed
    • In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, provide oversight of admission process.


    • Assist with calendar development, enrollment and budget planning.


    The ideal candidate for this new role is a strategic, visionary, and creative individual who possesses strong personal and professional integrity. Candidates will have the orientation of a builder and bring keen analytical skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to foster collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and a strong Christian faith commitment.


    In addition, the successful candidate will:

    • Bring an understanding of and/or experience with building a new degree program.
    • Be familiar with the APA Guidelines for developing an Undergraduate Psychology Major
    • Possess strong team-building skills.
    • Be knowledgeable in adult learning theory and practice.
    • Have a commitment to make a positive contribution to the development of a culturally diverse and interculturally competent teaching and 
    • learning community.
    • Provide management that reflects strong organization skills, problem solving, and attention to detail.
    • Work both independently and collaboratively.
    • Bring an appreciation for Bethel's mission.
    • Demonstrate collegiality.
    • Demonstrate superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
    • Possess a clear understanding of Bethel's educational mission and evangelical Christian vision.


    Experience in or relating to program level:

    • Leadership or management level professional experience in a high standards performance-based work environment is preferred.
    • Proven achievement in an academic area or discipline.
    • Experience that demonstrates both a broad and in-depth understanding of how organizations accomplish their work and would have experience with organizational transitions and/or development.
    • Demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to quality working relationships, exhibiting warmth, excellence, and Christ-like behavior in performance of their work.
    • Possess experience handling sensitive information in a confidential manner.
    • Experience with learning management systems (LMS) like Moodle, eCollege, Blackboard, etc. is desirable.

    Experience in education and or professional development related organizations is a plus. 


    Requires a Ph.D. in Psychology. Preference given to candidates possessing Clinical or Industrial/Organizational Psychology degrees.

    Additional Information

    This is a half-time 9-month position with a summer stipend.

    • Requires strong commitment to the unique demands of providing high quality evangelical adult university education that engages, equips, transforms and encourages learners in the context of the mission and anti-racism and reconciliation goals of the University.
    • Requires ability to effectively communicate vision and to breakdown large scale vision and strategic goals into specific objectives and tasks for teams and individuals.
    • Must be a leader-scholar-practitioner role model for colleagues, learners and the higher education leadership profession.
    • Work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends.
    • Local and regional travel is expected.
    • Tasks are performed in professional settings and may involve extended periods of time at a table, desk, keyboard or workstation or driving.
    • Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work. This may involve some lifting, carrying, moving, pushing and/or pulling of objects/materials of light weight (15-20 pounds).
    • Personal transportation is required.


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