Assistant Professor - School Counseling

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Assistant Professor - School Counseling

Location: COE: Educational Psychology
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606748
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This is a tenure eligible, Assistant Professor, School Counseling, academic year position based in Flagstaff, Arizona in the Department of Educational Psychology. The appointment will begin the Fall 2023 academic semester.

The Department of Educational Psychology is part of the College of Education and offers in-person CACREP-Accredited Master's degrees in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Applied Human Behavior, Master's degrees in Counseling Student Affairs and Human Relations, a PhD in Combined Counseling/School Psychology, a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and an EdS in School Psychology. The Department of Educational Psychology has statewide locations that also offer accredited programs.

The College of Education is aligned with the strategic priorities of NAU to elevate excellence for a bold and boundless future. We are committed to serving the people of Arizona, including Indigenous and Latine communities; and are dedicated to preparing individuals who contribute to the academic preparedness, positive educational outcomes, school climate, and college-going and completion rates in Arizona and beyond. We seek candidates committed to culturally responsive, inclusive, and equitable educational practices that advance educational excellence for all our students.

Job Description

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPS) is seeking to fill a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of School Counseling position at our Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning in August 2023. The position is a 9-month Tenure Track faculty line with the opportunity for summer course teaching. Although successful candidates will have experience and specialization in School Counseling, they will also be expected to teach coursework to CACREP students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and will have enthusiasm for teaching at the graduate level, and for training culturally responsive and ethical counselors to serve the needs of communities in Arizona and beyond.

  1. Teach graduate counseling classes (including practicum and internship) for the EPS programs, focusing on the CACREP accredited MEd Counseling School Counseling (SC)and MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and programs
  2. Advance research agenda in area of expertise
  3. Assist in recruiting and advising SC counseling students
  4. Serve as a leader and mentor for the Flagstaff-based SC program
  5. Fulfill service responsibilities to the department, college, and the profession
  6. Work collaboratively with schools and agencies to coordinate practicum and internship experiences for counseling students
  7. Work with schools and agencies to coordinate practicum and internship experiences for counseling students

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Earned Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from an accredited CACREP program by date of hire - OR - meet CACREP criteria for Core Faculty. ABD's will be considered so long as dissertation is completed by end of first academic year.
    2. College teaching experience (can include college teaching as a graduate assistant)
    3. Minimum of one year applied experience in the field of Counseling, with background/experience in school counseling and/or mental health counseling
    4. Licensed/certified or eligible for licensure/certification as a Professional Counselor or School Counselor in Arizona and/or willing to seek licensure/certification as a Professional Counselor or School Counselor in Arizona.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Demonstrated success in teaching graduate level courses in the area of counseling and/or counselor education
    2. Evidence or strong potential to develop and maintain independent and collaborative scholarship in area of expertise
    3. Evidence or strong potential to prepare and manage external grant proposals/programs in area of expertise
    4. Ability/experience in teaching school counseling courses such as foundations of school counseling and school counseling practices
    5. Experience, knowledge and skills in supervising practicum and internships, and teaching multicultural counseling, counseling theories, and counseling techniques
    6. Ability/experience or strong interest in recruiting, advising, and mentoring graduate students
    7. Ability/experience working with graduate students on research projects
    8. Demonstrated efficacy in working with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds (e.g., culture, gender/sexuality, language, disability, class); and understanding of the diversity of rural and southwest communities
    9. Active involvement or leadership roles in counseling related professional associations such as the American School Counseling Association and American Counseling Association
    10. Experience in networking/collaborating with schools and/or agencies

    General Information

    Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

    Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

    While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

    Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

    For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

    Background Information

    Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


    Commensurate with experience.


    This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    Submission Deadline

    This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022.

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to and locate the vacancy 606748, then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

    Please submit the documents outlined below in a single attachment with your application by November 17, 2022.
    • A cover letter detailing qualifications for this position related to teaching and mentorship.
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Copies of unofficial transcripts (originals will be required of the successful applicants)
    • A list of three professional references with contact information

    For questions about this position, please contact the search co-chairs, Dr. Pit Kolodinsky ([email protected]) or department chair, Dr. Sara Abercrombie ([email protected]). Questions about the application process can be directed to Admin Services Assistant, Hope DeMello ([email protected]).

    If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

    If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Office of Equity and Access at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

    FLSA Status

    This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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    Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

    Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

    Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

    If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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