Assistant/Associate Professor in Counseling

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Dec 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Scope of Job:

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Counseling to begin in fall 2018. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

Our location along the Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches, quality schools, mild winters, and low cost of living as compared to other areas in the nation. With its close proximity to Mexico, the university is well positioned for international research and global exchange. For more information about living in the Rio Grande Valley, see

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is a catalyst for educational success for individuals, families, communities, the region, and our society at large. We do this through thoughtful, culturally sustaining partnerships with our schools and communities, demonstrating responsiveness to a growing bilingual and biliterate population. As such, we are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service. We:

• Provide rigorous programs of study founded on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when integrated, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that partnerships that foster authentic social and community engagement are vital;
• Engage in continuous improvement through curricular and technological innovation in order to remain responsive t the changing educational and global reality;
• Develop highly effective, multiculturally responsive and sustaining innovative scholars, learning leaders, and education professionals who challenge the status quo and serve as change agents, making a difference by promoting social justice, embracing diversity in its broadest definition, inspiring thought leadership, and pursuing life-long learning; and
• Lead through evidence-based decision making and data literacy in order to share our story with the academic and broader research communities, as well as our public school partners, families, and policy makers.

The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers master’s programs in Bilingual Education, Reading and Literacy, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Education and in Educational Leadership. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The Department of Counseling is a dynamic and diverse faculty with a robust range of research and professional interests offering two entry-level program specializations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Our 60-hour programs prepare students for professional licensure and/or school counseling certification using national standards and assessments. As a new university, we are currently in the process of accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is seeking an innovative leader and scholar specializing in Counselor Education who will
•Provide direct instruction to MEd students in counselor education with emphases in one or more of the following: clinical mental health counseling or school counseling. The assignments will include course instruction and supervision of practicum/internship;
•Comply with relevant professional accreditation and state licensure boards such as Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and Texas Education Agency, including yearly maintenance of records and assessment and active engagement as program-community liaison;
•Advise graduate students in counselor education;
•Maintain a record of scholarly productivity by initiating research leading to publication in national peer-reviewed journals;
•Seek and secure external funds to sponsor research, training, and service activities;
•Participate in professional associations and activities to enhance professional development of counselors at the local, state, and national levels;
•Serve the public and constituencies of the department, college, and university as approved/assigned;
•At the Associate level, provide program leadership as needed.

For more information about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Counseling, please visit the following websites:

Minimum Qualifications:

•Earned doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) from an accredited institution;
•Assistant Professor: requires evidence of the potential for scholarly research leading to publication in nationally refereed journals. Applicants who have completed all requirements except the dissertation (ABD) will be considered. Candidates who are ABD must have their doctoral degrees conferred by the time of hire;
•Associate Professor: requires evidence of having made tenure, with a robust research agenda, high teaching evaluations, and a demonstrated pattern of service at the local, departmental, college, university and the academy. Candidates must be eligible for tenure at the associate or full professor rank at UTRGV.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

• Licensure as an LPC in Texas, or eligible for licensure at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Earned doctorate from a CACREP-accredited program;
•Employment as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year;
•Candidates with experience and dual licensure/certification as school and community counselors are highly desirable;
• Certification as a School Counselor in Texas, or eligible for certification.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Cynthia Wimberly at [email protected] or (956) 665-3449.