Assistant Professor, School Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Workplace Culture

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Department of Educational Psychology .

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPS) is seeking to fill an Assistant Professor, School Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling position at our Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning in August 2021. The EPS Department seeks candidates who possess innovative instructional methodology, expertise in research and supervision, and diverse experiences and professional proficiencies. Additional expectations include an active record or promise of scholarly productivity, excellent at teaching diverse students, and a commitment to procuring external funding. The position is a 9-month tenure-track faculty line that has the opportunity for summer course teaching. Candidates need to present an active record or promise of scholarly productivity. Eventual tenure with promotion to Associate and Full Professor ranks are part of this tenure-track trajectory.


  1. Serve as Lead Faculty in the MEd Counseling – School Counseling program in Flagstaff, Arizona – working collaboratively with EPS CACREP Program Coordinators in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  2. Teach graduate counseling classes (including practicum and internship) for the EPS programs, focusing on the CACREP accredited MEd Counseling – School Counseling and MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs, with a focus on School Counseling. Possible course assignments include, but are not limited to: Psychopathology and Diagnosis, Crisis, Trauma and Disaster Counseling; Counseling Processes; Group Processes; Multicultural Counseling; Marital and Family Systems; Practices of School Counseling; Child and Adolescent Counseling
  3. Teach in-person, with some blended or online courses to students in Flagstaff and to extended campus sites
  4. Maintain an active, independent and collaborative research agenda
  5. Prepare and manage external grant proposals/programs
  6. Assist in recruiting and advising counseling students
  7. Direct graduate student research and serve on dissertation committees
  8. Fulfill service responsibilities to the department, college, university, and the profession
  9. Work collaboratively with schools and agencies to coordinate practicum and internship experiences for counseling students

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Earned Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from an accredited CACREP program by date of hire – OR – meet CACREP criteria for Core Faculty
  2. College teaching experience (can include college teaching as a graduate assistant)
  3. Research experience (can include experience as a research assistant)
  4. Minimum of one year of experience in the field of School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with background/experience in schools or mental health agencies (can include internship, externship, post- doctoral fellowship or other related professional experiences in counseling)
  5. Licensed/certified or eligible for licensure/certification as a Professional Counselor in Arizona and/or willing to seek licensure/certification as a Guidance Counselor or Professional Counselor in Arizona

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three or more years of relevant graduate level teaching experience in the area of counseling and/or counselor education, including, but not limited to; foundations and practices of School Counseling, theories of counseling, multicultural counseling, supervising practicum and internships, and counseling processes
  2. Evidence of strong scholarly productivity and the potential for future independent and collaborative scholarship to maintain an active research agenda
  3. Record of success in seeking, securing, and managing grant support for research projects
  4. Experience in a leadership role in a graduate-level program (for SC Lead Faculty position)
  5. Experience in supervising practicum and internships, multicultural counseling, counseling theories, and counseling processes
  6. Ability/experience or strong interest in recruiting, advising, and mentoring graduate students
  7. Ability/experience working with graduate students on research projects, presentations, and publications
  8. Ability or strong interest in working with distance technologies, such as web-based instruction
  9. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with department chairs, other program directors/coordinators, faculty, staff, students, and associated members of the professional community
  10. Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds, including rural and southwest populations
  11. Evidence of a strong counseling professional identity, and an active involvement or leadership roles in counseling related professional associations, including Chi Sigma Iota
  12. Experience in networking/collaborating with schools and/or agencies

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage .

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$62,000 - $64,000 – Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service . Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on April 16, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605293 and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Please attach to your application:

  1. a cover letter highlighting your interest in and particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. copies of transcripts (originals will be required of the successful applicant);
  4. diversity statement;
  5. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  6. a statement of research interests
  7. sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from one or two college courses;
  8. research/scholarly artifacts; and
  9. names and contact information for three references.

Reference letters should be sent under separate cover to EPS Administrative Assistant Hope DeMello at,

Identify each attachment with your last name, first name and the vacancy number, 605293.

The committee may request additional information at a later date.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.