Appalachian State University — Assistant or Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC), in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. This is a 9-month tenure track position. Appointment begins August 19, 2019.

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling has 4 graduate degree programs: a) Student Affairs Administration (CAS standards aligned ), b) Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP accredited) , c) Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE accredited), and d) Professional School Counseling (CACREP accredited) along with 3 graduate certificate programs; a) Addictions Counseling, b) Expressive Arts Therapy and c) Systemic Multicultural Counseling. The HPC department includes 16 full-time faculty and 2 full time staff members along with 175 graduate students recruited worldwide. In collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Department of HPC offers an undergraduate minor in Leadership Studies. HPC’s website is located at

The successful candidate will teach a full course load. This position includes expectations for teaching core courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling including clinical field experience and expressive arts courses. The candidate will be expected to engage in research and scholarly activities. The successful candidate will also advise the Orchesis Honor Society and the community outreach efforts of this student organization in addition to advising counseling students and participating in service to the department and college.

Required qualifications include:

  • Doctorate in Counselor Education from a CACREP accredited program completed by August 1, 2019 OR a doctorate in a related field along with employment as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013;
  • College teaching and clinical supervisory experience;
  • A primary identification as a counselor with a focus on expressive arts therapy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service;
  • Licensed or license-eligible as a professional counselor in North Carolina;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and sophisticated understanding of Social Justice and Inclusive Excellence

Additional areas of interest:

  • Graduate of or teaching experience in CACREP accredited counselor education program;
  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist or Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Trainer credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association;
  • Willingness to Coordinate the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate.

Appalachian State University, a part of the University of North Carolina system, enrolls approximately 19,000 students. Appalachian State is committed to creating a diverse environment reflected in initiatives such as the Inclusion Project and earning a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Appalachian’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in a gold designation from STARS and the 2015 Climate Leadership Award. Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Boone, NC, a popular vacation destination, with close proximity to Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. Boone was recently rated as one of the top ten best places to live in the United States by Outdoor Magazine.

Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University offers one of the largest undergraduate teaching preparation programs in North Carolina. The college is comprised of five graduate and undergraduate departments (Curriculum and Instruction, Family & Child Studies, Human Development & Psychological Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies, and Reading Education & Special Education) and enrolls approximately 2,400 students in the bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs.

Application: Interested candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the required qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references familiar with the qualifications of the candidate. Application packages must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Meredith Kitson, Please put CMHC Search in the subject line. The initial review of complete applications will begin February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey. The brief survey can be accessed here

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Learn more at

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

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Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.