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Assistant Professor in Practice for Counseling

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Assistant Professor in Practice for Counseling

Job Class Code: 10015
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1277
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 3 years
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Assistant Professor in Practice of Counseling beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for providing direct instruction to students working toward a graduate degree in counseling and may include supervision of practicum/internship students. As a program on a distributed campus, teaching may occur on the Brownsville or Edinburg campuses. Other responsibilities include compliance with relevant professional accreditation and state licensing 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; active engagement as program community liaison; advising graduate students in counselor education; participating in professional associations and activities to enhance professional development of counselors at the local, state, and national levels; and serving the public and constituencies of the department, college, and university as approved/assigned. In addition, UTRGV faculty are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's guiding principles (
About UTRGV:It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students. Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2020 semester. For additional information, please visit our website. Department/College BackgroundLocated within College of Education and P-16 Integration at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), the Department of Counseling offers a CACREP-accredited Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree designed to prepare highly competent professionals who can respond to the life span mental health needs of a multicultural community. Preparation of the professional counselor is accomplished through completion of a 60-hour degree with specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. The vision of the Department of Counseling is to be the catalyst for the education and mental well-being of individuals, families, communities, the region, and our society-at-large through thoughtful, culturally sustaining partnerships with communities, mental health facilities, and schools, thereby demonstrating responsiveness to the mental health needs of the people of the Rio Grande Valley.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization prepares students to provide a broad range of counseling services in mental health and substance abuse facilities, community-based organizations such as child protective services, college and university counseling centers, and private practice. The School Counseling specialization prepares students to work as school counselors providing services to children in preschool through 12th grade. In collaboration with the UTRGV School of Medicine/Family Practice, the Department of Counseling also prepares students to become Behavioral Health Consultants through a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health.
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. The mission of the College of Education and P-16 Integration is to
  • 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 to the changing educational and global reality;
  • develop highly effective, culturally 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 lifelong 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 policymakers.

The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers teacher preparation at the undergraduate level, master's programs in educational leadership; teacher leadership; educational technology; curriculum and instruction; school psychology; bilingual education, early childhood, reading and literacy; and counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction with several specialization areas. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is pursuing accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Minimum Qualifications:
Earned doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) or related field. Applicants who have completed all requirements except the dissertation (ABD) will be considered, as long as the degree is conferred prior to the time of hire (September 1, 2022).

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Texas (LPC) or comparable licensure from another state, or eligible for Texas licensure at the time of hire (September 1, 2022)

Preferred Qualification:
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a) a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-CES);
  • Training and/or experience with integrated behavioral health care;
  • Experience as a service provider in mental health or primary care agencies, clinics, or hospitals;
  • Experience with instruction and direct supervision of counselors-in-training at the graduate level;
  • Bilingual proficiency (Spanish).

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: Yes
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 11/12/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

* Date of Birth
* Social Security Number
* Gender
* Ethnicity/Race

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days inlength.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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