Department Chair - Couples and Family Therapy - Adler University in Chicago Illinois

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Adler University

Chicago, Illinois 60602

United States

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Adler University seeks Chair for Couple and Family Therapy Department

Established in 1952 to build on the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, the University offers master’s and doctoral programs for social change, with campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, and an online Global Campus.  More than 1,200 students are currently enrolled.

In January 2015, the University changed its name from the Adler School of Professional Psychology to reflect its growing scope of programs and more strongly support its vision as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society. Read more:

The Department Chair will serve as the administrative head of the Couple and Family Therapy Department, and will lead department faculty in preparing socially responsible practitioners within the field.  The Chair will contribute significantly to the pedagogy and scholarship of the master’s program in Couple and Family Therapy and the doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT) program and will oversee processes related to COAMFTE accreditation.

The University is seeking initial COAMFTE accreditation and intends to submit the self-study for the Masters in Couples and Family Therapy in spring 2015.


  • Earned doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or related field. 
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor and licensed as a couple and family therapist.
  • Strong record of leadership in an academic setting, teaching, and clinical training.
  • Record of familiarity or participation in COAMFTE accreditation process.

More about Adler University:

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Adler’s students graduate prepared for an evolving job market and emerging fields that address ever-changing social needs—locally, nationally, and globally.

Adler’s campus is in the heart of downtown Chicago and features state-of-the-art labs and learning facilities. Nationally recognized for innovative practices in graduate education and community engagement, the University partners with more than 800 agencies providing students with high impact practicum, internship, and service learning experiences. Faculty and students work with several university institutes and centers in applied research, community outreach, and professional development. Adler University has earned the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices of exemplary community engagement.

For 63 years, the institution has adhered to the Adlerian principles upon which it was founded and will continue to do so. Over the course of its current five-year strategic plan, since 2010, the institution has attracted enrollment growth of 43%, nearly doubled its workforce, significantly reduced its student-to-faculty ratio, and more than doubled the size of its Chicago campus. The institution has also expanded and aligned its education and community engagement with social responsibility, expanded its global involvement and impact, and achieved significant growth in institutional advancement.

Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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The Adler University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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