Faculty- Masters of Arts in Counseling- College of Adult and Graduate Studies
About the Job
Full-time faculty for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (MAC) are highly qualified professionals with an earned doctorate in counselor education from a The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program, or have a related doctoral degree and have been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013. They are able to integrate their Christian faith in the classroom to disciple the next generation of Christian leaders in the professional counseling profession.
The primary role of MAC faculty in Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) is teaching, which focuses on instruction, curriculum development, assessment of student learning outcomes, and program evaluation. Faculty will teach courses in an accelerated format with synchronous and asynchronous components. These courses are offered in a variety of lengths, most often in seven and fourteen week-long increments. Core courses are taught in a cohort model, using blended formats designed for adult learners. The MAC program is a year-round program.
MAC faculty assume a variety of roles in areas of scholarship and service, including administrative responsibilities, academic advising, committee work, professional scholarship and service to the program, University, profession, and the community. Clinical practice activities are performed apart from CCU assigned office hours. CCU is currently hiring MAC faculty for three locations: Lakewood, Colorado Springs, and online.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
- Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
- Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
- Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of ourUniversity's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
- Doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, preferably from a CACREP accredited program. Candidates with a related doctoral degree and employment as a full-time faculty in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013 will also be considered.
- Clinical experience appropriate for master's level instruction.
- Appropriate certification and/or licensure may be required to teach some courses. Licensed Professional Counselor is preferred.
- Knowledge and demonstrated application of adult learning theory, effective teaching and learning in in-seat and online formats, and integration of Christian faith and learning.
- Research/publication history and commitment to future research is preferred.
- Knowledge of ethical standards of practice for professional counseling.
- Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills. Ability to work cooperatively within the CCU community.
- Desire to be proficient in technological course assets and proficiency in appropriate Microsoft Office software is required.
The full-time faculty load is 27 credit hours of counseling graduate courses, or three courses per semester. MAC faculty work on a 12-month basis.
Key Job Duties
- Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. In this role, the Master of Arts in Counseling faculty will contribute to the University’s mission beyond the classroom through activities such as committee/task force/team work, community development, or similar activities internally and externally, which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
- Meet the expectations of the role of University faculty as defined in the CCU Faculty Handbook, the CAGS Faculty Handbook, and MAC faculty job description.
- Participate in faculty development opportunities and attend University events as assigned by the Dean.
- Prepare and teach courses per CAGS standards and expectations. Utilize Blackboard learning platform and other assigned technologies.
- Assume the role of Master Teacher, which includes developing, redeveloping, assessing, and revising text updates of graduate courses so they are in alignment with the MAC Assessment Plan, etc.
- Assess, validate, and make recommendations for student learning and for the MAC program, per MAC Assessment Plan, to ensure continuous quality improvement.
- Actively participate with peers in MAC faculty meetings, committee work, course development, course/program evaluation, and ongoing work of the MAC program.
- Serve as designated faculty mentor/advisor for assigned group of MAC students.
- Represent the MAC program and the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at assigned CAGS center location for students, student advisors, and other related faculty and staff.
- Identify with the counseling profession (1) through sustained memberships in professional counseling organizations, (2) through the maintenance of certifications and/or licenses related to their counseling specialty area(s), and (3) by showing evidence of sustained (a) professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, (b) professional services and advocacy in counseling, (c) research and scholarly activity in counseling commensurate with their faculty role.
- Develop annual Service, Practice, and/or Scholarship Plan to include a minimum of 20 hours of professional development activities per year. Community service, practice, and/or scholarship must be approved by the Dean.
- Maintain clinical competency in their area of specialty practice.
- Adhere to professional standards as established by state governing bodies, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) best practices, and CACREP standards.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at the computer keyboard or workstation. Faculty responsibilities frequently require extended hours in the work week including evenings and weekends, as in-seat courses are offered during evening hours. As such, faculty office hours are defined in partnership with the Dean. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.