Visiting Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Human Development & Family Science
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach graduate level courses in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program located in Falls Church, Virginia (, which is located 6 miles from Washington, DC. This non-tenure track position is a 1-year, renewable contract for the period of 3 years (Fall 2020 - Spring 2023), beginning August 10, 2020 on the Falls Church campus. The expected teaching load is three/three courses per academic year.

Candidates should have a record of excellence in teaching and professional engagement. An ideal candidate will have the clinical experience necessary to supervise students and clients effectively from a variety of backgrounds. A strong commitment to innovation, diversity and inclusion, social justice, community engagement, and a collaborative and collegial atmosphere are highly valued. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and teaching innovative university courses in-person and online.
  • Serving on clinical project and/or thesis committees of master’s students.
  • Teaching practicum for master’s students.
  • Providing service on departmental, college, and university committees.



Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or a related field.
  • Clinical and supervisory experience as a marriage and family therapist.
  • Experience with collegiate teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach graduate courses in marriage and family therapy. Topics may include: multicultural family therapy, marriage and family therapy techniques, diagnosis and treatment in the family context, perspectives in human sexuality, and ethics in marriage and family therapy.
  • Designation as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow is strongly preferred as is the ability to obtain Virginia MFT licensure.
  • Two years or more of experience designing and teaching college or university courses.
Organization Summary

About the MFT Master’s Program:

The mission of the MFT Master's Program is to provide the training necessary for graduates to become competent, research-informed clinicians, able to work systemically in varied settings with individuals, couples and families from diverse populations, and to become active contributing members to the MFT field. The MFT Master’s Program is known for its strong clinical training and high quality faculty research. The program is located in a large metropolitan area and the on-campus training clinic, the Center for Family Services (, serves a diverse community population. The proximity to Washington, DC is also advantageous for researching diverse populations, accessing extramural funding agencies, and engaging in policy initiatives.

About the Department of Human Development and Family Science

The Department of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has programs that cover the human life cycle. Currently there are approximately 700 undergraduate and 50 graduate HDFS students on the Blacksburg campus and approximately 20 students in the Master’s program at the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. There are 29 faculty, instructors, and research associates in the department. The department houses three centers on the Blacksburg campus: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center. In the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, the department houses the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program, and the Center for Family Services.

About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
commensurate with experience

7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States

How to Apply

Apply online:

Review of applications will begin June 30, 2020 and will continue until a candidate is appointed.

Additional Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically at Attach to the electronic application 1) cover letter; 2) teaching philosophy statement; 3) teaching evaluations; 4) a curriculum vitae; and 5) contact information for three professional references.

Questions may be directed to Jenene Case Pease, Search Committee Chair at [email protected].

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Application Deadline
Review begins June 30, 2020; open until filled.