Postdoctoral Fellowship | Marriage and Family Therapy

School of Social Behavioral Sciences United States


Taking Your Doctoral Training to the Next Level


What We Are Looking For


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) at Northcentral University seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow in either the Department of Marriage Family Sciences (DMFS) or the Department of Psychology (DP). Fellows will have the opportunity to teach and learn in an online enviroment within a proven and evolving educational model.


At Northcentral University, diversity and inclusivity are our greatest strengths and essential to good decision-making. Accordingly, we are keenly interested in supporting and mentoring a diverse pool of postdoctoral fellows. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.


Postdoctoral fellows in the SSBS teach graduate courses within a programmatic core discipline as assigned. Primary responsibility is to engage students, offer excellent feedback, and inspire students to achieve course and program outcomes relevant to the core discipline. Postdoctoral fellows also come into the position with a proposal for professional scholarship and growth opportunities they want to pursue during the experience. This position works closely with other faculty teaching in the discipline, Associate Director of Faculty Support and Development, Department Chair and Dean.


Essential Functions

The role of Postdoctoral fellow may include teaching courses within a programmatic core discipline as assigned.  In addition, the following points will be discussed as part of the hiring process.


  • Demonstrate a commitment to Northcentral’s vision, mission, and goals and those of the School of Social Behavioral Sciences
  • Promote a graduate culture of scholarship, teaching, service, and practice
  • Demonstrate commitment to and capacity for Teaching through Engagement and using the NCU One-to-One, apprenticeship style teaching model
  • Participate in research and scholarship opportunities congruent with teaching load and Department expectations
  • Pursue opportunities for service to the profession as appropriate
  • Engage in relevant professional practice activities congruent with teaching load and Department expectations
  • Teach masters and/or doctoral courses in the DMFS or DP
  • Participate in initial and ongoing training
  • Participate in trial use of new technologies and integrates new technologies into their teaching
  • Participate in school-specific and university postdoctoral networking meetings
  • Maintain contact with students via phone, video conferencing, and email through their courses
  • Work collaboratively with Academic Advisors to ensure student engagement and success
  • Exercise academic freedom in teaching course content and achieving learning outcomes in accordance with University policy, procedures, and curricula
  • Participate in program and student assessment procedures
  • Perform all educational services in accordance with NCU policies and procedures, the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act, Northcentral University’s Code of Conduct and all other state and federal laws
  • Tasks and projects as assigned by the Dean, or NCU administrators
  • Reasonable and consistent attendance to fulfill requirements of the position

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer, fax, copier, phone systems
  • Ability to handle a diversity of details in order to make informed and responsive decisions on matters that impact the adjunct faculty, and students
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governing body regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, with a proven ability to provide timely, accurate information on a variety of academically oriented subjects to both internal and external constituents
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and other application in the Microsoft Office suite


Education and Experience

  • Earned Doctoral degree (within the last five years) from a regionally-accredited institution with academic qualifications in an area aligned with the mission and offerings of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences required
  • Experience teaching, working with, and mentoring diverse students strongly preferred.
  • Experience in graduate level coursework and clinical training preferred
  • Proficiency in the use of technology in the delivery of education and online teaching experience are preferred
  • Curriculum development experience preferred
  • Experience working in a technology-driven enterprise preferred
  • All skills, abilities and education will be considered for minimum qualifications
  • For those seeking a position in the DMFS
    • Graduation from a COAMFTE accredited program strongly preferred
    • AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor desirable


Working Conditions

This position operates in a remote, home office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.


NCU will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Who We Are

Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally-relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university. NCU, will soon be affiliated with National University System, a system of affiliated non-profit universities with its headquarters in La Jolla, California. As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in healthcare and marriage and family therapy. NCU boasts a one-to-one learning model—one student is paired with one postdoctoral fellow in each course—to create a more personalized, individual experience for students enhanced by their postdoctoral fellow’s real-world experience. NCU postdoctoral fellows all hold doctoral degrees, and none of our programs have residency requirements*, affording students access to NCU programs no matter where they live.

*With the exception of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences, within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

NCU students, alumni and faculty reside in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. NCU is an excellent choice for professionals around the world who share our passion for excellence. We envision growth trends to continue, and eagerly seek highly-credentialed and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

Are you ready to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join a growing team of passionate individuals who work together to help others fulfill their dreams through higher education?

Apply today!

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