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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Education, Special Education
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 812221
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly
Position Summary

The College of Education at Michigan State University ( announces an assistant professor position in the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (ORDS) in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. This position at the assistant professor level is a 9-month tenure-system appointment that will begin on August 16, 2023.

The U.S. News and World Report annual ranking of graduate programs consistently rates the MSU Rehabilitation Counseling programs (doctoral and master’s levels) as one of the top programs in the nation. We are seeking colleagues to be part of our emerging Clinical Mental Health Counseling program who are committed to research, teaching, and practice that promote the enhanced mental health and quality of life of individuals with mental, emotional and/or substance abuse disorders. We are interested in colleagues who share our vision for stewardship of the mental health counseling profession. Applications are invited from individuals with a broad range of professional experiences and expertise including, but not limited to, mental health counseling, behavior health, counselor education, or closely related disciplines.

MSU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Applicants who will add to the diversity of the program, department, college, and university are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Engagement in an active and productive program of research

  • Graduate teaching in all modes of delivery in both our master’s and doctoral programs

  • Supervision of doctoral dissertations

  • Clinical supervision

  • Participation in democratic governance and operation of our programs.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -Counselor Education, Counseling or related

    Minimum Requirements

    Applicants should have an earned doctoral degree in counselor education, counseling, or a closely related discipline from an accredited program, or provide evidence that the doctoral degree will be completed prior to the start of the appointment. Applicants should also have an earned master’s degree in counseling, psychology, behavioral health or a closely related discipline. Successful candidates must (1) have a record of strong scholarly accomplishment through publication and success in obtaining and leading externally funded projects commensurate with rank, (2) be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor in Michigan, and (3) have prior clinical experience as a counselor working with individuals with mental, emotional and/or substance abuse disorders.

    Desired Qualifications

    (1) possession of at least 2 years of research, teaching, and/or clinical skills and experience with diverse disability populations in the areas of assessment, intervention, consultation; (2) ability in promoting inclusive and culturally responsive research, teaching, and clinical practices; (3) developing and maintaining an active positive psychology research program that is supported by external funding; and (4) providing quality mentoring and supervision at the graduate level.

    Required Application Materials


    Letter of Application

    One to three publications

    Statement of teaching philosophy

    Names of three professional references

    Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

    Online application via is required, see posting #812221. Interested candidates should provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one to three publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names of three references.

    Review of Applications Begins On


    Remote Work Statement

    MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


    Department Statement

    The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) at Michigan State University is committed to the study of human learning and development across the life span. CEPSE faculty and students bring an important array of conceptual, technical and therapeutic perspectives to the study of learning in a wide variety of contexts.

    Michigan State University’s rehabilitation counseling graduate programs are ranked number one among rehabilitation counseling programs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. This unique, specialized program prepares counselors to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities. Our program maintains a distinguished history of graduates becoming leaders in the field at the state, national and international levels.

    The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals. Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational and vocational goals and are employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

    • Nonprofit rehabilitation programs
    • State rehabilitation programs
    • High schools and college settings
    • Independent living centers
    • Medical rehabilitation centers
    • Substance abuse treatment programs
    • Mental health agencies
    • Corrections facilities

    Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Sep 15, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Sep 15, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

    We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

    We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

    Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

    Top Distinctions

    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

    Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

    Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

    Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

    Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

    Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

    Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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