Professional Development for Graduate Students and School Psychologists Interested in Faculty Careers

By Sullivan, Amanda L.; Harris, Bryn | National Association of School Psychologists. Communique, January/February 2012 | Go to article overview

Professional Development for Graduate Students and School Psychologists Interested in Faculty Careers


Sullivan, Amanda L., Harris, Bryn, National Association of School Psychologists. Communique


A career as faculty is a rewarding and dynamic endeavor that provides ongoing opportunities to contribute to training of future professionals and research in school psychology. Unfortunately, just as there has been a persistent shortage of school psychologists entering school-based practice (Charvat, 2008), there is a concomitant nationwide dearth of prospective school psychology faculty for graduate training programs (Clopton & Haselhuhn, 2009). This shortage of trainers has critical implications for the preparation of future practitioners and, by extension, the delivery of comprehensive school-based psychoeducational services. Unfilled faculty positions are common, and there is concern that ensuring the professional workforce will depend more on recruitment of future faculty than on that of future practitioners (Canter, 2006). As such, providing professional development for potential faculty- both students and current practitioners - is an important facet of recruiting new trainers. School psychology students and practitioners rarely engage in formal training or mentoring that explicitly addresses the roles of faculty (e.g., teaching, service, mentoring the research of others) or strategies for success in academia Further, most new faculty members have limited training and professional development in these areas.

In recognition of the dearth of professional development opportunities specific to future school psychology faculty, a series of sessions at this year's NASP annual convention will provide the opportunity for graduate students and school psychologists to learn more about academic careers in school psychology. These sessions are intended to provide multiple perspectives on the various aspects of preparing for, entering, and thriving in careers as school psychology faculty. Sessions will be conducted in panel format with ample time for questions and discussion with participants. Resources for ongoing professional learning in this domain will be identified. The presenters in this series represent scholars at various stages of their academic careers, from a range of institutions and school psychology programs. Each will provide insight into the topics described below.

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