I saw a position for assistant prof stating that after fulfilling requirements for tenure the applicant would be expected to serve Director of Clinical Training. Can anybody here tell me about the pros and cons of serving as Director of Clinical Training? Do you still have time for research or does it become very administrative? Thank you in advance.
Date: 15 Jan 2012 00:49
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I am not sure if it is kosher to ask about this on interviews, but DCT can carry some heavy administrative burdens, particularly if there is an upcoming APA site visit. From what I know, you also are quite involved with practicum placements for clinical students. Depending on what type of institution you are applying for, this can be more or less stressful. If it is a professional psychology school, those tend to be the open positions because a lot of people don't want to do them as you have to oversee the placement of a lot of students who may or may not be "placeable."
The DCT from my own program did amazing work, but also only had to handle a small number of students as we were a PhD program. I have heard it is a different animal when you have a lot more students.
This seems like a bad choice for an asst prof. Are they serious? At the least, this better come with a teaching reduction… Are you expected to serve as DCT while an asst or after tenure? Regardless, if they put that in the ad, it's totally appropriate to ask about it, and potentially suicidal not to. You need to be careful how you ask about it, maybe, but if this is what they're looking for you need to know what they expect.
DCT is often a huge amount of work that is not well compensated, but many DCT positions are 12-month instead of the typical 9-month, so that's something to ask about in terms of salary. Even a DCT in a small program may have considerable work to do overseeing the training program, as DCTs are often heavily involved with planning visiting day for applicants, helping students apply to internships, handle curriculum/training changes, deal with any issues of professional competency that arise in the students, and as was already mentioned, deal with practica placements and APA accreditation. The latter is no small matter. Many DCTs would say there are only cons and no pros as the job is fairly thankless, but others really enjoy active participation in doctoral training. When I was on the market last year, I absolutely would have applied for a position that promised eventual DCT status (particularly if it stipulated that the job would be assumed AFTER tenure), but I have a secondary research interest in training and was actively involved with the training process as a graduate student, including assisting with an accreditation cycle. When I told people that I'd love to be a DCT some day (particularly when told to current DCTs) I got looks that suggested I should rethink my goals. :)