Critical Psychology and Transformative Studies

Job ID#: 21-1101
Department: Academics
Job Type: Faculty
Job Status: Full-time
Date Posted: 11/01/2021
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Reports to: Deans
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

At Prescott College, we do psychology a little differently. Our unique undergraduate and graduate psychology programs emphasize cutting-edge perspectives that blend critical and compassion-based theories in the service of individual and societal transformation. Our commitment to decolonizing pedagogies and psychological practices runs throughout our programs and courses. When considering wellbeing, we recognize the impacts of conditions beyond the individual such as systemic oppression, particularly for minoritized communities, and believe we have a responsibility to address and transform these larger systemic issues. We further recognize the importance of compassionate, courageous, connected, and conscious hearts and minds and strive to nurture these qualities in ourselves, our students, and the world. We believe it’s time for psychology to move beyond its historic role as an architect of adjustment and step into the future as an agent of sociopolitical change.

We seek to hire a dynamic, interdisciplinary educator-scholar with a doctoral degree in Psychology (or closely related field) and a commitment to experiential and decolonizing pedagogies. Our ideal candidate will be familiar with critical perspectives in psychology and have a specialty in one or more of the following (or related) areas: critical/community psychology, BIPOC psychologies (critical race psychology, Indigenous psychologies, etc.), prejudice and discrimination, race and ethnicity, feminist/queer theory, critical disability studies, psychology of political and social movements, humanistic and transpersonal psychologies, ecopsychology and environmental justice, health and wellness, and transformative studies.

In addition to teaching foundational psychology and counseling-related courses, faculty are invited to create and teach courses in their areas of interest/expertise. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary courses that serve students in multiple programs (such as the Social Justice Studies program), courses centering radical marginalized perspectives and culturally affirming interventions, courses integrating critical theory with transpersonal/spiritual/ecological topics, and courses with field components. Experience mentoring and supporting students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds (first-generation, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.) is also preferred. Finally, while the focus of this position will be on undergraduate teaching and advising, this position also includes opportunities to work with graduate students, teach courses in our MA in Critical Psychology and Human Services program, and serve on our Racial Justice and Inclusion Committee. 

Faculty positions serving on-campus undergraduate students are located at Prescott College’s main campus in Prescott, Arizona. 

Applications must include a letter of interest outlining the applicant's approach to critical pedagogy and a statement explaining how their past work in and out of the classroom has helped improve equity, inclusion, and justice for members of historically oppressed communities, as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of three professional references.