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Simmons University
Boston, Massachusetts , United States (hybrid)
19 days ago
Simmons University
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
19 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
Min Experience
2-3 Years
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
University Faculty


The Department of Behavior Analysis in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science (CNBHS) invites applications for a non-tenure track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice/Practicum Director (“Director”) within our campus-based Master’s degree program in Boston, MA.  The position will be filled for a 7/1/24 start (negotiable). 

We seek innovative educators and scholars with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and curriculum development, a commitment to supporting practicum placements, experience supervising student research, and a knowledge of the challenges confronting behavior analysts today. As a University committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability and a commitment to working with individuals across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. This position is fully dedicated to supporting the Experiential Learning courses and coordinating compliance with accreditation standards. In addition, the position requires maintaining a teaching course load within the campus-based master’s program, with a possibility of teaching in other department programs (e.g., doctoral or online master’s programs).  

Responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing student experiential learning site placement and supervisor assignments, student orientation, student registration, thesis coordination and tracking, tracking student experiential learning hours, conducting student performance assessments, and overseeing Practicum coursework and experiences for all campus-based master’s students. The successful candidate will ensure procedural integrity and compliance with the Association for Behavior Analysts International (ABAI) accreditation standards for experiential learning coursework and thesis projects. The Director will also vet and manage worksite and supervisor documentation, ensure supervisors meet and maintain required qualifications for supervision of experiential learning coursework, maintain supervisor records, provide supervision, support, and training to supervisors within the program, and ensure supervisor compliance with program and ABAI policies and protocols. 

Upon hire, the Director will be expected to complete the Simmons University supervision training, maintain ABAI, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and maintain Simmons University standards for supervision. 


  • PhD in Behavior Analysis or closely related field required (ABD candidates may be considered);

  • Current Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA or BCBA-D) in good standing;

  • Meets BACB standards for providing supervision;

  • Licensed as a Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts or licensure eligible (preferred);

  • Minimum of 3 years experience providing supervision to students seeking Board Certification and supervising BCBAs;

  • A record of professional presentations and research publications (preferred); 

  • A record of supervising student research; and

  • A record of teaching behavior analytic coursework in higher education

Application Instructions:

To apply for the position, please submit: (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) BACB certification number and state licensure information, (4) statement of mentoring and supervision philosophy, including supervising student research, (5) statement of teaching philosophy, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. 

Application review will begin ASAP and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Gretchen Dittrich, (, Professor of Practice, Chair of the Behavior Analysis Department and Director of the Master's Program.

Additional Background:

Simmons University’s Masters in Behavior Analysis and Doctorate in Behavior Analysis programs prepare students for leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation and administration of applied behavioral analytic principles and methods. Our campus-based Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program is one of the few master’s programs across the world that are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and was the first master's program in New England to be accredited by ABAI. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes contemporary research in applied behavior analysis, and students are required to complete experiential learning coursework as part of their degree program. Many of our graduates continue on to supervisory, consultative, and leadership roles in the field post graduation, as well as opening their own clinical practices, specializing in under-represented areas of practice in the field, and/or pursuing further education in a doctoral program. 

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and of challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to focus on preparing women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women-centered undergraduate program, with graduate programs open to all.

The Department of Behavior Analysis is housed in CNBHS, which is a collegial and supportive community of teachers and scholars within a uniquely multidisciplinary College. Simmons faculty and staff are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England.  

Instructions to Applicants
: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices–at all levels, for all positions–ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

Job ID: 72991090

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