Core Faculty – Somatic Psychology

Core Faculty Position(s)
Somatic Psychology M.A. Program
Starting Date: July 1, 2016


Job Title: Core Faculty
Department: Somatic Psychology within Somatic Psychology, Health, and Sexuality Department (SPHS)
Reports to: Department Chair
FLSA Status: Exempt Full-Time position
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2016


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco is a pioneer in integrative higher education, providing interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. The school offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Arts completion degree. We are conveniently located in the SOMA district of San Francisco which is a quick walk from BART, Muni and other public transportation.


The Somatic Psychology Program of the California Institute for Integral Studies announces an opening for a full-time faculty member that could be filled by one full-time or two half-time faculty. The Somatic Psychology program at CIIS, the first of its kind in the field, is one of three accredited clinical degree programs in the US that integrate both traditional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. Students graduate with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy. It is one of five concentrations in The School of Professional Psychology and Health at CIIS that lead to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology fulfilling the academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist licensure in the State of California.

From its creation 30 years ago, the program has served as a seedbed for the evolution of a now rapidly growing body of successful practitioners and scholars in the field. In any year there is a community of 80 -120 matriculated students across the three years of the program. The program creates an exciting learning environment that combines experiential work with didactic learning. New faculty will enter a community committed to discussion and forward thinking in the field of somatic psychotherapy. The program has an active interest in developing a larger research component within its curriculum. The program has for many years supported a successful clinic, the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, where students earn practicum credits while learning and applying body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy under the supervision of licensed practitioners.


Duties for full-time position include: Teach 18 units per year, advise new and continuing students, serve on university committees, attend faculty and student meetings, work collaboratively with faculty and program director, conduct information sessions and admissions interviews, attend CIIS-wide Open Houses, and engage in professional development.

Duties for half-time position include: Teach 9 units per year, and other workload responsibilities
for advising and committee participation would be adjusted accordingly.


Successful applicants will hold a doctorate degree (preferred) or a masters in counseling psychology or related field, and have licensure in California (MFT, LPCC, MSW, Psychologist). They will have broad and deep experience in the field of Somatic Psychology, graduate level teaching experience, and background in both family systems approaches and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy. Evidence of established research interest, cultural studies and community orientation will be enhancing. We are seeking faculty with sensitivity and competency in addressing diversity, inclusivity and social justice.

CIIS is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minorities and individuals with disabilities. Early career professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Salary: At the Assistant Professor level and is commensurate with academic experience.

Benefits: Excellent health benefits package.


Please apply by sending the following materials digitally (via email to no later than January 15, 2016. Kindly include the job title in the subject line of your email.

Please include a current CV, 2 syllabi of courses you have taught, 1 clinical case formulation (2-3 pages), any published articles, and two letters of recommendation to


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).