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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

The successful candidate will be expected to supervise practicum students in our onsite training clinic; teach coursework for counselors in training (e.g., counseling theories, psychopathology, ethics, group counseling); teach undergraduate psychology courses in statistics and research methods; conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and share findings; mentor students in research; collaborate with colleagues and area agencies; and provide Department and University service.


About the Position:

            Assistant Professor; tenure-track, beginning September 16, 2017.  Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications.


About the Counseling Graduate Program:

The graduate program with Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling 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 and Department:

            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 82,000 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 29 permanent full-time faculty, including five 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 support 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.  As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western is strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body.  We are proud that a growing number of students of color and other diverse students are making Western their school of choice, and we welcome applications from diverse candidates interested in this faculty position.


Required Qualifications:

·       A 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. Consideration will be given to candidates who are ABD.

·       Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

·       Demonstrated ability to teach master’s level classes in the Counseling Program.

·       Capacity to teach undergraduate statistics and research methods courses in the Department of Psychology.

·       Active program of research and publication record commensurate with experience.         


Preferred Qualifications:

·       Completion of doctoral degree by September 2017.

·       Prior employment as a clinical mental health counselor.

·       Successful experience providing clinical services to clients from underserved communities.

·       Licensed or License-eligible in Washington State.

·       Experience providing live supervision in an on-site training clinic.

·       Graduate of a CACREP-accredited program.


Application Instructions:

            Application review begins October 24, 2016; position is open until filled.  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, supervisor, and mentor, (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 7-8 Southern ACES conference in New Orleans, LA, and the November 11-12 Western ACES conference in Vancouver, Canada.  Attendance at the conferences is not required as part of the application process.


Please address questions about the position to Christina Byrne (Christina.Byrne@wwu.edu) or Diana Gruman (Diana.Gruman@wwu.edu), Co-Chairs, Mental Health Counseling Search Committee; Department of Psychology; 516 High Street; Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA98225-9172.



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, 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.  Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (WA 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 (WA Relay).


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