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Assistant Professor, Counselor Educator
About the Position: The Department of Psychology at Western Washington University invites applications for appointment to a 9-month tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in Counselor Education with a specialization in School Counseling.


About the College/Department: The graduate program with School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health specialty areas, both accredited by CACREP since 1993, are full-time, 2-year programs which enjoy considerable institutional support.  The mission of the Counseling Programs is to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, culturally sensitive, and ethical professional counselors who meet the relevant licensing or credentialing standards for practice in mental health and public and private educational settings in the State of Washington.  We believe this is best accomplished in small rigorous programs in which students have substantive opportunities to practice their developing counseling skills and knowledge under the supervision of faculty who are active contributors to the profession through research and service.  Classes are offered during the academic year only and typically meet during the day.  Six students are admitted to each program per year from a highly competitive pool of applicants and progress through the programs in cohort groups.

About the University:  Western Washington University is a nationally recognized public and regional institution with approximately 15,332 students and a strong emphasis on the liberal arts.  The 224-acre campus overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands and is close to water and mountain recreation.  Bellingham, a city of approximately 83,000 is situated between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, offering easy access to major research universities.

The Department of Psychology (http://www.wwu.edu/psychology) has 30 permanent full-time faculty, including four counseling faculty.  Programs include a B.S. in Psychology and three graduate programs; M.S. programs in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a M.Ed. in School Counseling.  The department also houses the renowned Center for Cross Cultural Research.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Psychology supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  Western is strongly committed to effectively serving students who have, until recently, been underserved by higher education institutions.  We welcome and encourage candidates who support our mission and share our commitment to apply for this faculty position.
Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to supervise school counseling practicum students at our onsite training clinic; teach coursework for counselors in training (e.g. counseling techniques and theories, assessment, career counseling; lifespan development); conduct qualitative or quantitative research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and share findings; teacher undergraduate psychology courses; collaborate with colleagues and area schools; and provide department and University service.
Required Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Counselor Education OR a doctorate in a related field with at least one year of teaching as a counselor educator prior to July 1, 2013 (per CACREP standard 1.W)
  • Demonstrated ability to teach master's level classes in the Counseling Program
  • Active and coherent program of research and publication record commensurate with experience
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, systemic change, and social justice
  • Capacity to mentor and teach undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior employment and successful experience as a school counselor
  • Licensed/Certified as a school counselor or eligible for the certification in Washington State
  • Experience with CACREP course development and accreditation processes
Academic Emphasis: Counselor Education
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents:
Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent from recommenders to the Search Committee at the following address:  psyfacsearch@wwu.edu

Other application materials must be submitted via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs including: (1) a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications (2) a detailed vita, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of skill as a teacher and clinical supervisor (4) a statement describing your research experience and plans, (5) representative publications and (6) graduate transcripts.

Counseling faculty will be available to answer questions about the position at the October 6 - 8 ACES conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Attendance at the conference is not required as pat of the application process.
Other Information: Please address questions about the position to Christina Byrne (Christina.Byrne@wwu.edu) or Diana Gruman (Diana.Gruman@wwu.edu), co-chairs, Counselor Educator Search Committee; Department of Psychology; 516 High Street; Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA  98225-9172
Job Posted: 6/29/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins September 25, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170255
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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