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Assistant or Associate Professor in Behavioral Health & Clinical Training

Academic Affairs - WCU
81231, Gunnison
$60,000-$63,000 base salary for Assistant Professor and $65,000-$68,000 for Associate Professor
Date posted
Jan 26, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION: Western Colorado University invites applications for a tenure-track full time faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor level) in the Behavioral and Social Sciences department. We seek someone with experience in community behavioral health and who has experience, or shows promise, as an effective college instructor. The Behavioral and Social Sciences department provides a supportive, compassionate, and multi-disciplinary environment for dedicated professionals who are committed to living in the rural Rocky Mountains. Teaching responsibilities will be mainly in Psychology (courses may include Psychopathology, Death & Dying, Psychological Testing, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Capstone) and secondarily in Sociology (occasional courses may include Self & Society and Drugs & Society). Other courses could be included in the teaching load based on need and qualifications. In addition to undergraduate instruction and university service, the ideal applicant also will be capable of conducting clinical supervision of LPC and/or LCSW interns and current practicing LPCs/LCSWs as needed. (Such candidates must be qualified to conduct clinical supervision of master’s-level LCSW and/or LPC licensure candidates.) This community involvement will occur at various venues in the Gunnison valley (e.g., Gunnison Valley Health, Axis Health, and CB State of Mind) and it represents an exciting opportunity for serving regional needs and improving the community behavioral health workforce. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications for conducting clinical supervision are strongly encouraged to apply and their applications will be given full consideration. Strong commitment to effective teaching, advising, service, and professional development is expected.

The successful applicant will help to nurture an interdisciplinary culture in the Behavioral & Social Sciences department and will contribute to Western’s mission, which includes promoting mental health for all, student mentorship, inclusive and interdisciplinary teaching, professional pathways, and growing enrollment. The position also will allow Western to heed the Colorado Governor’s call for universities to assist in increasing and diversifying the state’s behavioral health workforce.

The Psychology program (within Western’s Behavioral and Social Sciences department) has approximately 100 majors, and students have the opportunity to earn a B.A. or a B.S. degree in Psychology. For more information on the Psychology major:

QUALIFICATIONS: A terminal degree (Ph.D., D.S.W., Psy.D.) is required, and applicants must provide evidence of their commitment to undergraduate education and willingness to be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse student population. Applicants who are qualified to conduct clinical supervision must meet Colorado’s criteria for counselors who clinically supervise mental health professionals, specifically as described in the section on “Supervision of Mental Health Practitioners and Supervisory Relationships: Supervisor Qualifications”: (

SALARY/BENEFITS: $60,000-$63,000 base salary for Assistant Professor and $65,000-$68,000 for Associate Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position may be additionally supported by an annually renewable grant-funded stipend of $16,700 for the clinical supervision duties (which equals to $76,700-$79,700 total for Assistant Professor, and $81,700-$84,700 for Associate Professor, respectively). Western offers an excellent benefits package including shared
premiums for a comprehensive health insurance plan, dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and other insurance options. After one year of employment, Western provides free tuition for dependents enrolled full time in undergraduate programs for up to four years. Western has acquired local rental agreements for newly hired employees moving to the Gunnison Valley. We expect several new units to be available, on a first come first served basis, with subsidized leases as “bridge” housing for up to one year, while new employees locate long term accommodations in the area. Upon hire, contact information for housing opportunities will be provided by the Human Resources department.

START DATE: July 1, 2024

APPLICATION: Apply online at Required attachments to the application include: letter of application (cover letter or statement of interest), resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and a reference list with names and contact information of three references.

Please direct questions to Dr. Salif Mahamane:, ph: (970) 943-7037

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.

Note: If transcripts are required for your application, you may redact information that identifies your age, date of birth, dates of attendance, or graduation from the educational institution. If a degree is required for employment, official transcripts (unopened or delivered directly to HR) will be required upon hire; copies/scans submitted during application will not serve the purpose of official transcripts upon hire.

Additional Information about Western and Gunnison/Crested Butte
Western Colorado University is a public institution with a student enrollment of ~3,700 (graduate and undergraduate), the majority of whom reside on campus and in the community. With average class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education. They are student-oriented, collegial, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is committed to continual growth in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and promotes participation in such initiatives from students, faculty, staff, and the community. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEI Committee charge.

The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a beautiful rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver and the gateway to nearby Crested Butte, a world class ski and outdoor recreation area. K-12 students are served by the award-winning Gunnison Watershed School District. Both communities value the arts, quality of life, community-based wraparound services for children and adults, and continued personal growth and learning opportunities. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round opportunities including summer arts and music festivals, youth camps, mountain biking, skiing, kayak/rafting, rock climbing, hiking and camping, all within minutes of the campus.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.

Western Colorado University believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. Western is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (for state classified positions, with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge.


Western Colorado University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Western will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or performing essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to the Office of Human Resources at or (970) 943-3140.


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