Naropa University — Assistant or Associate Professor, Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling

Job Summary: The Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP) seeks to fill four full-time core faculty positions in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling (MTC) concentration beginning July 1, 2018. In addition to demonstrated capacity to teach in the specialty areas of transpersonal counseling/psychology and mindfulness-based approaches to counseling, applicants would be able to teach in some of the following core areas: social and multicultural foundations, human growth and development, counseling and helping relationships, group therapy, assessment and testing, research and program evaluation, psychopathology, professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, practicum, and internship. A focus of these appointments is teaching in the hybrid program which consists of both on-line and residential intensive learning components.

The job includes administrative duties for the MTC concentration, the Transpersonal Counseling and Psychology (TCP) program, the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP) and the university, including but not limited to recruitment and admissions, networking within the field of mindfulness- based transpersonal counseling, student assessment, and active engagement in the leadership of the MTC concentration.

Qualified applicants must be able to demonstrate consistent success in negotiating the pedagogical, clinical, research, administrative, and collaborative responsibilities of a faculty appointment within the degree program, within the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP), and within the structure of the university at large.

Job Duties: 

  • Teach 20 credits each academic year (approximately 10 each semester), primarily in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling (MTC) concentration, but potentially in other degree programs of the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP) as well.
  • Attend and actively participate in all programmatic and school-wide meetings, as well as co- curricular events sponsored by the MTC concentration.
  • In concert with the MTC and Transpersonal Counseling and Psychology leadership teams, develop and conduct plans for assessment, community building, and ongoing curriculum development.
  • Actively participate in the administrative operations of the MTC program, including admissions interviews and events.
  • Engage in professional development that includes pedagogical approach, contemplative education, transpersonal education, and diversity/inclusivity.
  • Hold regular office hours and provide support to students and prospective students as needed outside of class time, both in-person and remotely.
  • Serve on and actively participate in appointed university committees.
  • Understand and adhere to the policies, procedures, and protocols outlined in the Faculty and Employee Handbooks.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the counseling and mindfulness-based therapy fields through professional involvement such as conference presentations, original research, and publications.
  • Complete additional program and university duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree from a graduate institution of recognized standing in counseling or a related field.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Colorado at the professional counselor (LPC) or equivalent level.
  • 3+ years of clinical experience as a therapist and a comprehensive understanding of the counseling field and those it serves, in particular in clinical mental health counseling settings.
  • Teaching experience at the graduate level that is informed and enriched by clinical practice.
  • Demonstrated skill in recognizing and addressing issues related to privilege, oppression, diversity and inclusivity in higher education communities, especially in regards to curriculum content and classroom facilitation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, administrative skills, a collaborative style, the capacity to teach a diverse student body, diverse therapeutic experience, and a comprehensive understanding of transpersonal counseling/psychology and the mindfulness-based approaches to transpersonal counseling
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in an administrative and leadership capacity.
  • Ability to teach in a hybrid format (e.g., deliver class content in blended format of online classes along with intensive residentials).
  • Previous experience with the literature and practices of contemplative education.
  • Ability to track one’s personal emotional reactivity; including an ability to recognize and articulate one’s moment-to-moment relationship with compassion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity in higher education / the workplace.
  • Commitment to co-create an inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development, including openness to feedback and ongoing self-examination.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs) accredited program.
  • Status as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) or eligible for an ACS credential.
  • Demonstrated experience with CACREP accreditation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to principles of contemplative education and familiarity with the vision of Naropa University.
  • A demonstrated research, presentation, and publication record.
  • Significant evidence of scholarly work such as professional presentations, publications, and/or a demonstrated interest in research.
  • Demonstrated record of exceptional institutional service and previous experience in leadership roles at a university.

If applying for the rank of Associate Professor, the following qualifications are also required:

  • Has achieved the rank of Associate Professor at another accredited university.
  • Significant evidence of scholarly work such as professional presentations, publications, and/or a demonstrated interest in research.
  • Demonstrated a record of exceptional institutional service and worked in leadership roles at a university.

Applications: For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, March 9, 2018. Application review continues until position is filled. Qualified candidates should apply online and include a letter of interest and resume.

Naropa University is actively engaged in creating an inclusive, diverse community and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our diversity initiatives, we encourage applications from persons of historically under-represented groups and those who support diversity.

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