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Postdoctoral Fellow

Clemson University
209 Tillman Hall

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Postdoctoral Fellow

209 Tillman Hall
Open Date:
Feb 8, 2023

The College of Education (CoE) at Clemson University seeks to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to support the grant-funded project Community Collaboration for Counselors (CCC): Increasing School-Based Mental Health Support in the Department of Education and Human Development. The project includes a collaboration with Clemson’s Counselor Education program and the Greenville County School District. A major focus of the project includes training diverse groups of 12 school district employees to become school counselors or school-based mental health counselors in high-need schools. These employee-graduate students will engage with the existing Counselor Education program and attention will be placed on increasing training to support the needs of diverse groups of K12 students in high-need schools. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Dr. Amanda Rumsey, Dr. Corrine Sackett, Dr. Liz Boyd, Dr. Brooke Wymer and other counselor education faculty to establish and manage the project, engage in related research and scholarship, and provide graduate instruction, training, and supervision. Candidates who will have completed a Ph.D. by August 2023 and who have relevant interests and experience are eligible to apply.

This is a one-year (9-month) position beginning August 1, 2023. The annual salary will be $50,000. Additional opportunities and funding are available for summer teaching, if interested.

About Clemson and the Counselor Education Program

The CoE at Clemson University is a transformative leader in improving education – from birth through adulthood. With a particular focus on serving underperforming schools and underserved communities, the school has award-winning programs that train teachers, school counselors and school leaders; prepare counselors for community practice; train higher education student affairs leaders; prepare training and development specialists for business and industry. We equip our students for careers and lives that make a difference, and we work tirelessly to develop initiatives that respond to today's educational landscape – including teacher recruitment and retention, online teaching, and leadership development. We participate in these innovative efforts as part of Clemson's land-grant mission to serve the state of South Carolina and beyond.

Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie R1 –Very High Research Doctoral University in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.

Clemson University embraces a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty, student body and staff. Diversity is recognized to include differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, age, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation and geographical area.

The CoE understands Inclusive Excellence as an active process through which the CoE achieves excellence in learning, teaching, student development, organizational functioning, and engagement in local and global communities by surfacing inequities experienced by internal and external constituents, integrating equity and educational quality efforts, and building theory and context-based practices for sustained organizational change. Read more about the CoE’s commitment to inclusive excellence here. We especially invite individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Our Counselor Education program is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Master's Counselor Education Program Award, given by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The program offers a 60-credit hour CACREP-accredited master of education degree with specializations in clinical mental health counseling or school counseling. We do not have a doctoral program in Counselor Education and Practice. Courses are taught in the afternoons/evenings, Monday through Thursday. Approximately one-third of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other two-thirds at the University Center in Greenville over the course of the program. 


The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to work closely with CCC project faculty to (1) assist with developing evaluation plans for process and outcome evaluations; (2) collect and analyze evaluation data from a variety of sources (e.g., surveys, document review); (3) contribute to related scholarly activity (e.g., developing presentations, writing journal articles); and (4) assist with graduate instruction and supervision.


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Counselor Education, degree conferred before starting employment
  • Excellent academic writing and communication skills
  • Experience collaborating on larger projects
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with counseling and school settings
  • Experience conducting research and preparing reports or manuscripts for publication
  • Experience working on grant-funded projects

Application Instructions:

Applications must be submitted via Interfolio. Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter articulating interest and skills pertaining to this position
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. A writing sample (e.g., published manuscript or similar scholarly writing)
  4. Names and contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2023 and will continue until a strong candidate is selected.

Inquiries about this position should be made to Amanda Rumsey [email protected]

Clemson University embraces a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty, student body and staff. Diversity is recognized to include differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, age, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation and geographical area.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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