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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - Director, Genetic Counseling Program

Liberty University
Lynchburg - In Office

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Faculty are essential to Liberty University’s mission of Training Champions for Christ. It is expected that ‎‎‎‎‎‎a faculty member model a personal commitment to the goals and values of Liberty University, engage ‎‎‎‎‎‎in an active commitment to, and experience of, personal spiritual formation within a biblically informed ‎‎‎‎‎‎Christian worldview. Faculty should view their teaching, engagement with students, and scholarship as a ‎‎‎‎means to a significant educational ‎‎end. They should strive to employ a variety of techniques for the ‎‎‎‎development of good learning ‎‎conditions, view each student as a unique individual, and insofar as it is ‎‎‎‎possible, provide for individual ‎‎differences, abilities, and interests. ‎

The Assistant Professor’s primary role is to teach in their areas of expertise, maintain the ‎‎integrity of ‎‎‎the course and ‎instructional programs, and ensure that their delivery is in alignment with the University's ‎‎‎mission and ‎‎‎vision for the student experience. As such, faculty are responsible for creating an academic ‎‎‎atmosphere ‎‎‎of mutual respect and consideration for individual dignity. Faculty members may be asked ‎‎‎to aid in the ‎‎‎development of curriculum in the residential and distance education environments, as well ‎‎‎as engage in ‎‎‎research/scholarship or creative activity that varies depending upon the expectations of ‎‎‎their respective ‎‎‎college or school and any additional activities involving service to students and their ‎‎‎professional ‎‎‎discipline. ‎

Faculty attain the rank of Assistant Professor based upon scholarly and professional achievements. An ‎‎earned doctoral degree or a terminal master’s degree at an accredited institution in an area relevant to ‎‎‎the faculty member’s area of teaching or a professional certificate (e.g., CPA) is preferred but not ‎‎‎required.‎

Assistant Professors are contracted for 10, 11, or 12 months (30, 33, or 36 load hours, respectively).‎ ‎‎Release from contracted teaching load is determined each semester by the Dean, per Liberty University Faculty Handbook.

As program director for the Master in Genetic Counseling Program be responsible for the management and leadership of operational, programmatic, and accreditation activities for the Genetic Counseling Program, maintaining discipline currency, which includes establishing, meeting, and continuously monitoring the program learning outcomes, while maintaining alignment with ACGC. The program director will work with faculty to promote continuous improvement of the quality of curriculum and instruction within the Genetic Counseling Program, ensure adequate clinical sites, establish and maintain contacts within the Virginia Medical establishment to ensure the long-term success of the program, work with support staff in the area, and coordinate the responsibilities of the assigned program, under the direction of the Department Chair for Allied Health Professions.

Program Directors are Expected to:

  • Evaluate and monitor student progress within program.
  • Serve as program representative on committees regarding student progress.
  • Participate in the admissions process.
  • Assist in program development and evaluation.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of the field of student affairs and student services.
  • Coordinate student activities at the local, state and national levels.
  • Oversee student professional organizations.
  • Demonstrate high ethical and professional standards.
  • Lead faculty efforts in maintaining discipline currency.
  • Lead faculty efforts in assuring quality and effectiveness in content and pedagogy.
  • Assist with instructional program planning for essential curricular components.
  • Create, modify, and teach material from the approved curriculum.
  • Coordinate accreditation compliance in accordance with regulatory body policy.
  • Monitor, ensure compliance, and advise on matters regarding all required certifications and licenses.
  • Lead faculty efforts in assuring quality and effectiveness in content and pedagogy.
  • Assist faculty in developing curriculum proposals.
  • Coordinate and participates in community advisory committees and serves as liaison to program faculty.
  • Participate in course planning by reviewing course enrollment patterns.
  • Monitor changes to university academic and administrative policies.
  • Provide information and advice regarding administrative issues related to curriculum changes, policies, and procedures.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and university committees.
  • Participate in state and national GC organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair and Dean.
  • Foster a Christian worldview among faculty and students.


  • Master’s degree in the discipline of genetic counseling
  • Current ABGC or ABMGG certification
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service, presentation, and communication skills
  • Creative, innovative, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated strength in planning, conducting, and disseminating research\
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a certified GC (minimum of 3 must be patient-facing role – clinical or research)
  • Taught at least 6 credit hours of post-secondary education
  • Demonstrated strength in managing a team
  • Proven success working with all levels of management
  • Experience in management and administration
  • Strong attention to detail, including deadlines and accreditation guidelines

If the candidate has not held the role of a program director before, that person must:

  • Have completed at least 10 hours of training/coursework in curriculum design, assessment, evaluation, or educational andragogy within the last 10 years
  • Have provided fieldwork supervision for at least five GC grad students for a minimum of 500 contact hours in the last 10 years
  • Documented training/workshops/other experiences related to:
    • Leadership
    • Professional development
    • Management
    • Scholarly activities
    • Mentoring
    • Academic Advising
    • Andragogy

This job description is designed to provide an employee with a basic understanding of the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities entailed in the performance of his or her job with Liberty University (LU). It is not intended to be all-inclusive. This description does not constitute an employment contract, either expressed or implied. Employment with Liberty University is at-will and may be terminated by either the employee or LU with or without advance notice for any reason or for no reason at all. Only the President and Chancellor is authorized to make changes to any LU policy. Job functions and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of management. Efforts will be made to provide advanced notice of such changes whenever possible.


Since 1971, the mission of Liberty University has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow's world. With a unique heritage and an ever-expanding influence, Liberty remains steadfast in its commitment of Training Champions for Christ. Read more about Liberty at

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