Assistant/Associate Professor: School Counseling

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"For millennia, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As members of the San Diego State community we acknowledge this legacy. We promote this balance and harmony. We find inspiration from this land; the land of the Kumeyaay." Mike Connolly Miskwish – Kumeyaay  

The Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University seeks to hire an Assistant/Associate Professor tenure-track faculty member to join our School Counseling Program beginning Fall 2023.


Applicants must hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in counselor education with a preferred specialization in school counseling or in a related field of study from a CACREP or CACREP like program by the time of appointment. Applicants must hold a school counseling credential with at least two years of experience as a professional school counselor or educational leader in a K-12 school setting. Applicants must have a strong framework and commitment to work towards equity and social justice in schools and communities by advancing anti-racist, decolonial, or critical pedagogies, research, and service. Applicants must have experience in student and systems advocacy and preparing of school counselors as culturally sustaining leaders in ethnically and linguistically diverse school-based programs. The successful candidate will possess a strong research agenda and scholarly capability as evidenced by an appropriate history of or potential for publication in top-tier refereed journals. A record of exemplary teaching experience at the graduate level within a school counseling or counselor education or a related program is strongly preferred. Strong candidates will have a record of demonstrated leadership experience and have the desire to contribute to a collaborative rotating program director model.

Competitive applicants will have a background in relationship centered approaches, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and interest in teaching core curriculum in counselor education. The successful applicant will be required to teach a range of courses in some combination of the following: (a) Foundations of the Professional School Counselor Leader; (b) Determinants of Human Behavior: Development; (c) Theoretical Foundations of Counseling; (d) Learning, Achievement and Instruction for School Counselors; (e) The Achievement Gap: Leadership, Advocacy and Systemic Change; (f) College Planning and Career Development P-16; (g) Theory and Process of Group Counseling; (h) Policy, Politics, Law and Ethics for School Counselors; (i) Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Conflict Resolution in Schools; and (h) Professional Seminar in School Counseling.

Additionally, applicants with the following preferred attributes are strongly encouraged to apply:

Professional Growth

  • Demonstrated commitment to research that engages communities from various cultural and linguistic lived experiences.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing and/or a record of extramural funding.
  • Potential for innovative and substantive contributions to the school counseling profession.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in school counseling.
  • Ability to direct advanced graduate student research.           


  • Demonstrated experience with or interest in teaching core curriculum in school counseling (e.g., Foundations of School Counseling, Counseling Theories and Human Development).
  • Preparation for teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students in higher education and commitment to mentoring.
  • Demonstrated interest in educational service-learning projects in K-12 school settings.     
  • Demonstrated capacity with using relevant technologies as a tool for teaching and learning, course development, evaluation, and instructional delivery.

University and Department Service                       

  • Demonstrated experience with or interest in directing a school counseling program.
  • Experience with accreditation policies, procedures and agencies (e.g., CACREP).
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant service to the university, community, and school counseling profession.
  • Engaged in service with underrepresented populations and/or cross-cultural communication and collaboration.
  • Strong interest in contributing to the development of a doctoral program.

Building on Inclusive Excellence:

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:

  • (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  • (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  • (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
  • (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
  • (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
  • (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  • (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
  • (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

Application Instructions

School Counseling Program:

The mission of the SDSU School Counseling program is to prepare school counselors to become leadersadvocates, and systems change agents in our diverse schools. As an integral part of the total educational program for student success, school counselors learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate their comprehensive school counseling program to ensure that every student receives developmentally appropriate competencies in academic, career and personal/social development.

School counselors become professional student advocates who promote equity and access to a rigorous education for every student and who work to prevent and remove barriers to learning. Our graduates develop themselves as culturally sustaining leaders in educational transformation and social justice in the schools and communities they serve. The program consists of 2 years of full-time graduate study for a 64-unit Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential for School Counseling. See our website for more information (

Department and College Contexts:

The School Counseling Program is housed in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP), which also houses four other graduate programs (School Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Community Based Block: Multicultural Community Counseling and Social Justice Education, and Education with a concentration in Counseling) and one undergraduate minor program (Counseling & Social Change). CSP is an interdisciplinary department committed to work towards equity, economic, and social justice within the College and University, our professions, and throughout the broader society. All department programs specialize in effective work across cultures, systemic approaches, and responses that meet the urgent human relationship needs of our time. For additional information about the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, please visit the website at

The College of Education emphasizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. It is in the forefront of education reform, preparing educators to work in multicultural settings through its pre-service, Masters and doctoral level programs. For additional information about SDSU and the College of Education, please visit the College web site at

San Diego State University:

San Diego State University is part of the California State University system and is considered one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. SDSU holds designations as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The College of Education comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare education, community-service, and counseling professionals to provide the highest quality learning environments to ensure student and client success. The College of Education is in the forefront of education reform, preparation of educators to work in multicultural settings through its pre-service, Masters and doctoral level programs. The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, increase institutional effectiveness, and promote social justice. For more information about SDSU and the College of Education, please visit this website:


Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter describing your leadership philosophy, research interests, teaching pedagogy, and professional experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Diversity Statement (must meet at least 2 BIE criteria described above)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Review of candidates will begin December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will begin their appointment in Fall of 2023.


Please direct any questions to the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee:

Joey Nuñez Estrada Jr., Ph.D.
Director and Associate Professor,
School Counseling Program
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
College of Education
San Diego State University
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Vanessa Placeres, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, RPT
Assistant Professor
School Counseling Program
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
College of Education
San Diego State University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.