Olivet College — Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Director of Counselor Education

Olivet College, a liberal arts college in south central Michigan with a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, seeks an Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Director of Counselor Education to develop our emerging Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  We are looking for the right individual to lead our MA program through approval with the Higher Learning Commission and the pursuit of accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), including the successful completion of the CACREP self-study.  Experience with CACREP and the accreditation process is essential.  As part of the initial program start-up, the successful candidate will refine the proposed curriculum to ensure alignment with CACREP standards and develop connections in local and regional communities with the goal of designing effective and engaging practica and internship sites for students. We are seeking an individual interested in pursuing a leadership position in an emerging graduate program training mental health counselors. The expected full launch of the program is Fall 2023.

The position is a full-time tenure track faculty position appointed at the assistant or associate professor rank, depending upon prior academic positions, and will be responsible for instruction at the graduate level in counselor education within the specialized practice area of clinical mental health counseling. We are seeking candidates who are interested in working with graduate students, teaching mental health counseling courses, and completing scholarship in their areas of disciplinary interest. Course releases will be provided for the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the position.

Given the college’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty, members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must include a strong commitment to preparing counselors who are devoted to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are seeking colleagues who share our institutional vision of individual and social responsibility and who can work collaboratively to develop this exciting program at the college.

Position Requirements:  Applicants must have one of the following: (1) an earned doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program, (2) a related doctoral degree and have been employed as full-time faculty members in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013, or (3) have (a) been employed as a full-time faculty member in a CORE-accredited master’s program prior to July 1, 2017, or (b) graduated from a rehabilitation doctoral program prior to January 1, 2018.  Current active license/certification in mental health counseling is required. Clinical supervisor credential preferred.

Applicants must have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate education. The successful candidates will have demonstrated successful teaching at the graduate level including both classroom and online instruction.  Candidates must indicate a clear commitment to teaching and provide evidence of the ability to create positive and engaging learning experiences for students and facilitate student learning in the classroom and online. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated competence working with culturally diverse groups in teaching, scholarship, and/or service.  Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring graduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and engaging academic environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities:  Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in the program and will be provided with course releases to fulfill the administrative responsibilities of their position. Core faculty in the program are responsible for course delivery and curriculum development, as well as engagement with students in the capacity of mentor and academic advisor. In the initial year of hire prior to the launch of the program, instruction of undergraduate courses within the college’s psychology program will be expected. Along with instruction and student engagement, faculty responsibilities include scholarship and service to the college, the discipline or profession, and the larger society. Faculty members are expected to participate in the academic life of the Social Science department and the college.

Starting Date:  July 1, 2022.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.

Application Process:  Click on this link to go to the online application site:  Career Center

Once in the Career Center, click on the job title to view the posting and click “Apply” to set up a profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. Evidence of professional licensure;
  4. One-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with a diverse population of students in a multi-ethnic environment;
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy and approach to the assessment of student learning;
  6. Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial) and/or documentation of graduate coursework or relevant certification in the area of instruction; and
  7. Student evaluations (if available).

Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted.

About the College:  Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay.  The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students.  The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff.  Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2021 undergraduate student body, with over 17% of the student body identifying as African American.  The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees.  The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.

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