Assistant - Associate Professors of Counseling (Fall 2021), School of Health Sciences & Education

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The School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University - Missouri's only public liberal arts and sciences university - seeks two energetic, experienced Assistant/Associate professors with a strong professional counselor identity to effectuate a fully online master's program with specializations in school and clinical mental health counseling. The School invites applications for two full-time, nine-month, tenure-track positions in Counseling to start in August 2021. Summer teaching is available based on funding and faculty interest.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (1) teaching courses in CACREP core and specialty areas; (2) providing clinical supervision to master's level students; (3) advising and mentoring students; (4) producing a focused line of research leading to professional presentations, publications in refereed journals, and extramural funding; (5) working collaboratively with Counseling program faculty members to meet initial accreditation and the ongoing needs of the program; (6) Participating actively in professional counseling organizations and in departmental, college, and university governance; and (7) developing courses and infrastructure for the program. Initial duties may vary in order of priority based on the needs of the program.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctoral degree in counselor education from a CACREP-accredited program or employment as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013
  • Commitment to teaching, supervision, scholarly activity, and service
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences mission of Truman State University

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years clinical experience as a fully licensed/certified counselor in school or community settings
  • Counseling supervision credentials and experience
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, supported by teaching evaluations
  • Commitment to diversity and experience with diverse populations
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of individual and collaborative institutional service
  • Knowledge and experience with CACREP accreditation requirements
  • Experience developing and teaching in online counseling programs
  • Active involvement in the counseling profession, as evidenced by sustained memberships in professional counseling organizations, professional development and activities, and scholarly activity in the form of professional publications and presentations
  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership in clinical mental health or school counseling

Rank and Salary: These are tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and a stipend for moving expenses to Kirksville. Given the modality of program delivery, the University is open to remote work arrangements with periodic visits to the campus. Specific terms for location of work and frequency of campus visits are open to negotiation at the time of hire.

The Program:  The Master of Arts in Counseling at Truman State University strives to equip caring, committed, competent, and culturally aware individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to become professional counselors in school and community settings. Students may either focus on a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization, geared toward community-based work as Licensed Professional Counselors, or a School Counseling specialization, geared toward meeting the academic, career, and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools as Certified/Licensed School Counselors.

The program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions involved in becoming a reflective practitioner in the art and science of counseling. To assist counselors-in-training in this process, particular attention is given to the counseling relationship; cultural awareness; skill development; ethical and reflective practice; and wellness, prevention, and intervention. Each specialization provides focused study on issues germane to that area of practice within the counseling profession. Students in both the Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling degree plans complete the necessary curricular and experiential requirements to pursue entry-level licensure or certification. The program is scheduled to launch in August 2021.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that 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 school or professional education 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 Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master's university rankings in each of   the past seven 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, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world's first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest's major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at

Application: The Department of Counseling in the School of Health Sciences and Education handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred,  Application materials may be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal Ave., MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; statement of teaching philosophy; current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020, and will continue until the positions are filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Karl Witt, Department Chair, at

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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