Utah State University – Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling

Job Announcement: Utah State University

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling

Institution: Utah State University

Location: Logan, UT

Posted Date: Monday, October 23, 2017

Application Due Date: Friday, December 8, 2017, Open Until Filled

Position Description






The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation and the Department of Psychology are seeking outstanding candidates to fill a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling. The person who fills this unique position will teach courses in both the Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling programs. While the faculty appointment will be the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, this position will also have teaching and service responsibilities in the School Counseling program located in the Department of Psychology. Potential applicants from a Rehabilitation Counseling and/or School Counseling background are encouraged to apply. Individuals with expertise in access and persistence in college and career readiness, and/or secondary transition preparation and planning for youth and students with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Academic Programs:
The Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Program at Utah State University is ranked 10th in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. The master’s program graduates rehabilitation professionals who work with individuals with physical, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities. The program includes both on-campus and distance education components; the distance component is a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous courses delivered via internet. Current enrollment in the master’s program is approximately 100 students, split between multiple degree and certificate programs. Ninety-four percent of the graduates pass the CRC exam on the first attempt, and are employed in rehabilitation counselor positions. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2018. Masters students in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program are supported by RSA CSPD Training and RSA Master’s Long-Term Training Grants.

The School Counselor Education program, located in Utah State University’s Department of Psychology offers a nationally accredited MEd program of study in Psychology which qualifies graduates for professional licensure in School Counseling. The program is specifically designed to train individuals for school counseling positions in grades PK-12 within public and private schools in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Graduates of the program also find placement in academic advisement centers located at public and private colleges and universities. Training is provided in the design and implementation of school-based counseling and comprehensive guidance programs. Specific coursework is formulated to train students in a broad range of skills including career development and college and career readiness, behavior and educational assessment and intervention, ethical, legal and professional standards, individual and group counseling for diverse populations, and consultation in the schools. Current enrollment in the MEd School Counselor Education program is 155 students. Pertinent data, including student demographics, admissions and outcomes can be found at http://www.cehs.usu.edu/assessment/index.

Responsibilities include:
1. Developing an active line of research with publications in refereed journals
2. Pursuing external funding in collaboration with other faculty, as appropriate
3. Teaching on-campus and distance-based graduate classes in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education and School Counselor Education Masters programs
4. Participating in the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program
5. Serving on the steering committee for the School Counseling program
6. Advising and mentoring graduate students
7. Participating in program, department, and university committees

Assistant Professor – Salary is competitive based on qualifications. An excellent fringe benefit package is provided that includes medical and disability insurance and retirement benefits that amount to approximately one third of the salary.

Dept/College Highlights: Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation:
The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation is located in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The department offers programs in Rehabilitation Counseling (Master’s), Special Education (Undergraduate and Master’s), Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs, and the Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines. Faculty value a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to disability across the lifespan.

The individual who fills this position will have opportunity to participate in the Rehabilitation Counseling specialization of the multidisciplinary Disability Disciplines Doctoral (Ph.D.) program. Other specializations include Disability Studies, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech and Language pathology, Audiology, and Pathokinesiology.

Faculty have the opportunity to work with state rehabilitation organizations, and on-campus programs such as: The Center for Persons with Disabilities (a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), numerous grant-funded projects, the Utah Assistive Technology Program, the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE), Autism Support Services – Education Research, and Training (ASSERT), Project PEER (a post secondary, university-based transition program for young adults with disabilities) Technology, Research, & Innovation in Special Education (TRI-SPED), Edith Bowen Laboratory School.

Students and faculty engage in clinical services and intervention research through the EmployAbility Clinic (which provides employment services to individuals with disabilities in the community), Transition Services Program (pre-employment transition services are provided in local high schools), and the Aggies Elevated program (an on-campus residential post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Additionally, faculty will have access to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence (100,000 square foot clinical services building that will house close to 30 different human services programs and clinics). It is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2018.

Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology is located within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The department consists of over 30 faculty representing diverse areas of psychology. The department is one of the most research productive units in the college. Faculty enjoy collaborative relationships with those in the department as well as other departments in the college (e.g., Special Education and Rehabilitation, Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education) and across campus (e.g., Biology). In addition to the MEd program in school counseling, the department offers an EdS program in School Psychology as well as a PhD program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. Several specializations within the Experimental area are also offered at the PhD level: Behavior Analysis, Quantitative Psychology, Brain and Cognition, and Sociobehavioral Epidemiology. The department also houses an interdisciplinary PhD program in Neuroscience.

The College and University
Utah State University (USU), a land-grant university, is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with “high research activity.” It is in the top 3% of higher education institutions in the country. Enrollment (undergraduate and graduate students) exceeds 27,000. There are 41 schools and departments in eight academic colleges and a School of Graduate Studies that offers 38 doctoral degrees and 96 master’s degrees. USU has a national and international reputation for its education, agricultural, aerospace-engineering, and natural resources academic programs.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 26th in the nation by US News and World Report (2017), and 6th nationally in external funding with more than $46 million in external grants and contracts. It is one of the largest colleges of education in the nation, with seven departments, a School of Teacher Education and Leadership, an elementary laboratory school, over 120 tenure-track faculty, and hundreds of research-supported employees. USU is especially well known for disability-related research and development that reflects work within several academic departments and The Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Center for Persons with Disabilities, a Center of Excellence sponsored by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Department of Education, houses disability projects budgeted at over 12 million dollars annually.

Logan is a community of 60,000 located in Cache Valley in the mountains of northern Utah, 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is at the mouth of Logan Canyon, a scenic gateway to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. There are forest service campgrounds and extensive fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities within a few miles of campus. Bear Lake (a large, multiuse recreational lake on the Utah / Idaho border) is just 40 miles away through Logan Canyon. Skiing is available within a few miles of campus. The city schools have a reputation of being strong academically and are well situated throughout the valley. Housing costs are moderate.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications
Earned doctorate degree by August 2018 in Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling, or a closely related field (e.g., psychology, counseling psychology).
Eligible for a Utah educator license as a school counselor, rehabilitation counselor or other counseling related licensure (e.g. Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (LVRC), Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or as a Licensed Psychologist).
Willingness to work across programs (Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling) and build interdisciplinary expertise.
Experience working with people with disabilities.
Academic or practical experience working with school systems.
Evidence of the potential to be a productive scholar and researcher.
Evidence of the potential to be an effective college-level teacher.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more of the following qualifications:
Experience providing college and career readiness
Experience providing employment services to individuals with and without disabilities.
Expertise in transition services for adolescents, including those with disabilities.
Strong research skills.
Experience using technology-enhanced college teaching and electronic distance education (both synchronous and asynchronous modalities).
Experience in multicultural research, clinical, and K-12 school-based competencies.
Professional certification relevant to area of training.
Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package
Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

How to Apply

Link to Application: http://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=2918

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with the online application please attach:
1. A letter of application that specifically addresses your qualifications for this position
2. A current curriculum vita
3. A list of names and contact information of three professional references (this information will be captured on your application). Your references will be sent an email from USU, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
4. If available, copies of course evaluations

Additional information or questions concerning the position can be sent to: Dr. Jared C. Schultz, Chair, Search Committee, 435.797.3478, jared.schultz@usu.edu

Screening of applicants will begin December 8, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The position will begin in August 2018.

AA/EO: Utah State University is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. Qualified women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Institution Website: http://www.usu.edu