Inaugural Director of Counseling Program, Associate Professor of Counseling, School of Health Sciences & Education

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Updated September 4, 2018

The School of Health Sciences and Education invites applications for a full-time, eleven month, tenured position in Counseling to teach courses and lead two jointly-developed online master’s degree options in Counseling:  Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.  The program is fully online.  While working from Kirksville would be ideally convenient for access to the University and its program partner, given the modality of program delivery the university is open to remote work arrangements with periodic visits to the campus.  The specific terms for location of work and frequency of campus visits are open to negotiation at the time of hire.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate-level core courses in counseling and courses in their area of specialty while leading a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of faculty.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Leading curriculum development, implementation, review, and revision;

  • Scheduling courses and monitoring enrollment;

  • Leading the faculty admissions committee;

  • Facilitating the assessment of student learning outcomes and periodic program review;

  • Ensuring continued alignment with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards, leading the initial self-study process for CACREP accreditation, and maintaining ongoing knowledge of, and compliance with, CACREP standards;

  • Monitoring staffing needs and maintaining compliance with CACREP-mandated faculty ratios;

  • Orienting, mentoring, and evaluating faculty;

  • Fulfilling scholarly and research requirements, as appropriate;

  • Maintaining an appropriate level of professional development for themselves and program colleagues; and

  • Other duties as assigned.

As the inaugural director of this program, this individual will play a critical leadership role in its launch, the acceptance of the first classes of students, the development of program standards and guides, and the development of initial course offerings for online delivery.  He or she will also lead the program development team in the year prior to program launch.

In this eleven month position, the program director will be expected to provide leadership for both program options, particularly coordinating the activities of online faculty who may be geographically separated from campus.  The Director must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues, administrators, and students and must have knowledge appropriate to lead curriculum development and revision efforts, policy development, outcomes assessment, and program review in an emerging program.  This individual should possess a firm understanding of issues of diversity as they impact both student needs and the work of the counseling profession.

Load:  The Director will receive appropriate release time for administrative responsibilities and will be entirely free of teaching obligations for one of the program’s six eight-week terms.  As part of the eleven-month contract, the Director will accumulate vacation and sick leave on a monthly basis and enjoy leave on official paid holidays. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral level degree(s) in Counseling Education from a CACREP accredited program, or have related doctoral degrees and have been employed as full-time faculty members in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013;

  • A minimum of six years at rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent at current or prior institutions;

  • Minimum of three years of professional experience (inclusive of teaching and practice experience);

  • Current professional licensure in counseling by an appropriate state board;

  • Eligibility for professional licensure in Missouri;

  • Experience teaching core courses required of a CACREP accredited program;

  • Experience teaching courses in an online setting;

  • A demonstrated record of professional activity in the counseling field;

  • A demonstrated record of academic scholarship; and

  • Demonstrated familiarity with CACREP policies and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic leadership experience relevant to directing programs;

  • Multiple years of experience teaching in an online setting;

  • Experience with the CACREP accreditation process;

  • Clinical experience as a director, supervisor, or practitioner in an agency, school, non-profit, or hospital setting; and

  • Evidence of service or leadership in professional associations in counseling.

Rank and Salary:  In order to assume the role as Director, appointment as an Associate Professor is required.  Appointment as an Associate Professor is normally based on: six years at rank of Assistant Professor, record of effective instruction; sustained record of scholarly production; history of meaningful service.  The faculty member’s appointment may be to the discipline most applicable to their experience, and will be determined at the time of hire.   The salary is competitive and appropriately reflective of the 11-month contract commitment.  Promotion to the rank of Professor is normally based on: six years at rank of Associate Professor, record of effective instruction; sustained record of scholarly production; and, history of meaningful service. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and a stipend for moving expenses.

The Programs: The twin master’s degree options of Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling have recently been approved by the University for a targeted launch date of August 2020.  The program is being offered as a cooperative arrangement with AT Still University of Health Sciences, also located in Kirksville. The Director will organize the initial interdisciplinary team of faculty and report directly to the Dean of Health Sciences and Education.  Clerical support will be provided by the School.  Core faculty will join affiliated faculty from relevant departments on Truman’s campus, along with adjunct faculty at remote locations, to provide coursework.  The programs are designed to be fully online and to apply innovative approaches to online delivery and faculty-student interaction which will make the programs distinctive in the current marketplace.  Truman intends to seek CACREP accreditation for both programs. The School of Health Sciences and Education is home to a highly-regarded Master of Arts in Education program as well as programs in Nursing, Communication Disorders, Athletic Training, and Health and Exercise Science.  Faculty with appropriate clinical backgrounds also reside in the Psychology Department, housed within the School of Social and Cultural Studies and the Education Department.  AT Still University, with its significant background in online medical and health education, will be providing a small number of courses in the curriculum as well as providing the primary support for course design, marketing, recruitment, academic success support. 

The School of Health Sciences and Education is committed to the integration of professional curricula within the framework of a liberal arts education. High priority is placed on instructional excellence, collegiality, and a commitment to student learning.  Truman is equally committed to innovation in online and professional education to increase access to high quality learning experiences for students for whom a traditional, on-ground experience has proven impractical or cost-prohibitive.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Health Sciences and Education. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include:

Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, scholarly activity interests and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;

  • Current curriculum vitae;

  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to student development;

  • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;

  • Copies graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);

  • Contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin October 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Truman seeks candidates who can begin work as early as January, 2019, but no later than August, 2019.  The anticipated launch of the new program is in August, 2020, affording the candidate a year to work with colleagues in the further preparation of the program for launch. 

Questions about the position may be directed to Jeanne Harding, Interim Dean of Health Sciences and Education by email at or Kevin Minch, Associate Provost, at

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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