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Chair, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Aug 28, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

East Carolina University            

Chair, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies
Vacancy #: 975032
Recruitment Range:  Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies (DARS) prepares professionals to help guide others through challenges in life—emotion or mental health concerns, substance use issues, physical illness or disability, relationship issues, life transitions, or career decisions. The department’s programs have strong administrative support, excellent teaching and counseling facilities, and attract quality students interested in serving. Our mission is to support the health and well-being of individuals and communities through innovative and socially just research, training in an anti-racist, anti-bigoted, and accessible environment, providing culturally affirming and person-centered services, and advocating for an equitable and inclusive society. For more information regarding the DARS’s teaching, research, and the Navigate counseling clinic, see The department’s eight full-time faculty members all contribute to the programs offered, which are: B.S. Rehabilitation Services, M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, M. S. in Clinical Counseling, Ph.D. Counselor Preparation & Research and Graduate Certificates in Addictions Prevention & Treatment Studies, Military & Civilian Trauma Studies, and Rehabilitation Studies.


East Carolina University is in Greenville, North Carolina. Greenville is the cultural, educational, medical, and economic center of Eastern North Carolina. The Greenville/Pitt County area has a population of approximately 175,000 and is one hour from the Research Triangle to the west and the Crystal Coast to the east. East Carolina University (28,000 students) is part of a vibrant health care community including ECU Health, a level 1 trauma center and 1400+ bed health system serving more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences has strong working relationships with the ECU College of Health and Human Performance, College of Engineering and Technology, Brody School of Medicine, and School of Dental Medicine. ECU is home to both Army and Air Force ROTC programs and is in proximity to Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine, and Navy bases. The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies is near the College of Nursing, Laupus Health Sciences Library, Brody School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and ECU Health Medical Center. East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration. To promote the University’s diversity goal, the College of Allied Health Sciences strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups.


Job Duties                              
The Department of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University is seeking candidates for a full-time, 12-month tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The successful candidate will:


  • Provide shared governance, along with departmental faculty, and coordination of the DARS’ undergraduate program, CACREP accredited graduate programs, and graduate certificate programs, responding to inquiries regarding the overall academic unit; Represent the department to the College of Allied Health Sciences and other schools and colleges within the university to build collaborative education and research efforts; Engage in professional development activities for administrators; Develop budget requests in consultation with the Dean, and is responsible for managing the departmental budget; Maximize the effective use of all resources for serving students, supporting faculty, and enhancing programs; Provide mentorship/support for department sponsored operations; Supervise the work of the faculty, conduct productivity reviews, and make recommendations for promotion and tenure and advancement in rank; Provide classroom instruction in DARS programs; Provide or delegate year-round leadership to the operation of the program(s); and Receive appropriate release time from faculty member responsibilities to administer the academic unit.

Minimum Education/Experience


  • PhD in Counseling from a CACREP accredited program, or doctoral degree in a closely related field and one-year full time experience as a faculty in a counselor education program. Experience in securing external grant funding.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation


Possession of, or eligibility through reciprocity, NC licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education


  • Ability to promote a collegial department environment to support and encourage tenure track, tenured, and fixed term faculty excellence in teaching, research, and service Effectively manage department, respectful of academic freedom and autonomy Effectively collaborate and encourage interfacing of academic programs within the unit, college, and university Provide academic and administrative leadership to help actualize the vision of a multidisciplinary faculty and programs Possess knowledge of general academic policies and curriculum issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels Have experience supporting faculty to secure external grant funding, Have experience providing oversight and support for student recruitment, retention, and program development Have experience with interprofessional collaboration Have the ability to coordinate curriculum development and ensure consistency with university procedures and policies A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the curriculum and the willingness to lead the department toward incorporating multi-cultural and multi-perspective experiences in their interactions with students, faculty, and the community Have the ability to address issues of race, gender and gender identity, affectional/sexual orientation, and other areas of oppression and discrimination in curricular, college and university procedural, and societal arenas; specifically, regarding the impact on the wellbeing of clients and the development of student professionals. Ability to implement a departmental vision, in collaboration with faculty, that reflects the teaching, research, and service values of the department in the context of the College’s and University’s academic visions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated academic, research, or practice-related administrative and leadership experience (e.g., program coordinator, director, department chair, professional association board or committee leader, or related experience). Strong record of teaching, research, service, and leadership commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Record of clinical, educational, and/or community experience in human services, counseling, or a related field. Leadership experience in state or national professional organizations. Demonstrated success with conflict resolution. Proven ability to manage budgets and personnel. Experience in articulating unit needs and goals and securing support and resources for success. Experience in curriculum and academic program development, assessment, and accreditation.

Special Instructions to Applicant


Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with licensure information, type, and number, and a list of three references including contact information, and a sample publication as first author online.


Additional Instructions to Applicant       


In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.


Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy #975032 to ECU Human Resources at


Eligibility for Employment        


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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