Program Director of Marriage and Family Therapy

Virginia Tech
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ( at Virginia Tech, invites nominations and applications for the calendar-year position of Associate Professor/Professor and Director of the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program in Falls Church, Virginia (, which is located 6 miles from Washington, DC.

Candidates for the position should be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and have a record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and professional engagement. The ideal program director is a dynamic and engaged leader with the administrative and interpersonal skills necessary to guide an energetic and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. The program director will advocate for the MFT program, guide program development and growth, oversee COAMFTE accreditation, foster faculty development, facilitate student learning, supervise staff, serve as a liaison to the main campus in Blacksburg, and manage program fiscal and facility resources. In addition, the program director will maintain a program of externally funded research and publications, teach MFT graduate courses, provide clinical supervision, and direct master’s theses. Travel to national conferences is expected. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal background check. An ideal candidate will have the clinical experience necessary to effectively supervise students and clients 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. The teaching load for this position is 2:1. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is to understand and improve the lives of people of all ages in relationships, families, organizations, and communities through education, research, and engagement. Opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration exist across the university through the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment; the Center for Gerontology; and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute; among many other programs.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in marriage and family therapy or a closely related clinical field at the time of appointment. Candidates must have an exemplary record of teaching, mentoring, nationally recognized scholarship, extramural funding and grant management, and engagement in professional service commensurate with appointment as a tenure-track Associate Professor or a tenured Professor at Virginia Tech, and hold American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) designation as an Approved Supervisor.

Preferred qualifications include previous administrative experience and eligibility for MFT licensure in Virginia.

Organization Summary

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.

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
commensurate with experience

Virginia Tech
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States

How to Apply

To apply, go to:
and complete the on-line application. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The position start date is July 1, 2020. Applications, consisting of 1) a letter of application outlining qualifications, leadership abilities and accomplishments and a statement of administrative philosophy, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for three professional references

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.