Open Rank Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling

Iowa City, Iowa
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Oct 05, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
Open Rank Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling

The College of Education at the University of Iowa is making a major investment in faculty hires to create a group of faculty who will work together to address critical rehabilitation and vocational issues impacting consumers and employers.  Faculty in several academic programs (e.g., special education, school psychology, counseling psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling) will work with interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to create and implement evidence-based approaches to promote the empowerment and employment of persons with disabilities. 


The Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education at the University of Iowa invites applications for one, tenure-track, academic year faculty position in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program.  

The successful candidate for the position will begin August 2021. We seek professionals with evidence of significant accomplishments in research that impacts the employment of youth and adults who have a disability. This individual should have demonstrated:

  • the ability to produce empirically driven and practically relevant research in Employment and/or Rehabilitation Counseling.
  • skills in effective teaching and clinical supervision.
  • a commitment to professional service that advances the research, training, and clinical work intended to improve the lives of persons with disabilities; and
  • a commitment to the counseling profession as demonstrated by, for example, conference presentations, lectures, and professional memberships. 

This position requires an earned doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Counselor Education and Supervision, or a doctorate in a related field plus employment as a full-time faculty member in a CACREP-accredited Counselor Education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013 or taught in a CORE accredited program prior to January 1, 2018

The successful candidate will join a research and training partnership with Counselor Education and Supervision, School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs to teach graduate-level courses. The program, following the College of Education trends, has strong department, college, university, and clinical community support, and is committed to an environment that values diversity and collegiality. The preferred candidate will have a strong commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy and will be experienced in implementation of CACREP accreditation standards in Rehabilitation Counseling, and (or a committed to learn) Counselor Education and Supervision, School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs.

Education Requirement

By August 2021, prospective candidates must have one of the following:

  1. Earned doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP accredited program, or
  2. Earned doctorate in Rehabilitation or closely related field, if not CACREP accredited, have had employment as a full-time faculty member in a CACREP accredited Counselor Education program for a minimum of one full academic year before January 1, 2018.

Required Qualifications

  1. Concentration or specialization in Rehabilitation, Vocational, or Career Counseling.
  2. Evidence of or potential for scholarly productivity, including publications in recognized rehabilitation, vocational, disability, counseling, career development, counselor education, or related journals.
  3. Evidence of or potential for attracting external funding.
  4. Experience in teaching undergraduate/graduate courses and supervising students in practica/internships.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Success in procuring competitive national funding for training, employment, research, and/or implementation of interventions.
  2. Experience teaching, supervising, and coordinating in a CACREP-accredited graduate program.
  3. Experience in State / Federal / Tribal, or Veteran Administration, or corrections, or forensic rehabilitation service delivery.
  4. Experience with applied clinical research.
  5. Be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), or be eligible and obtain CRC credential within 1 year of hire.


Duties will include:

  1. Serving as a core faculty member in the Master’s and doctoral programs in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, School Counseling and the Counselor Education and Supervision Programs,
  2. Teaching courses in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department in areas consistent with the candidate’s interests and department needs,
  3. Conducting a program of research and publication in an area of specialization,
  4. Seeking and administering external grants for research, training and service,
  5. Advising students at the master’s and doctoral levels, and
  6. Supervising doctoral students’ dissertations,
  7. Develop as a future leader/coordinator of the MA program in Rehabilitation Counseling.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.


Academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 2021.


Candidates should a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three samples of scholarly work, teaching evaluations, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 74018.  Address inquiries or nominations to Search Committee Chair, John Wadsworth ([email protected]) .


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Program

For over 60 years, the Rehabilitation Counseling program at The University of Iowa has graduated leaders, scholars, and innovators committed to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their integration in less restrictive environments. Our program was one of the first CORE accredited programs in the U.S. and was one of the first programs to seek dual accreditation under CACREP. Our program, currently ranked in the top 10 of the World News Report, is committed to the improvement of our counseling profession through the training of qualified counseling professionals and the dissemination of research.

About the College

The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #34 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.   

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.