FT Remote Faculty: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education, FCEHD

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FT Remote Faculty: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education, FCEHD

Category: Faculty

Department: College of Education [CED]

Locations: Fairfield, CT

Posted: May 3, 2023

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: Full-time

Position ID: 161910

About Sacred Heart University:

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges-2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools-2023 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

Job Description:

The Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development (FCEHD) at Sacred Heart University (SHU) invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, twelve (12) month appointment at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will serve as a core faculty member for FCEHD's online master's degree programs in the department of Counselor Education. The department includes online master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Higher Education and Student Affairs as well as an Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy. This is a remote position with periodic travel to the SHU campus to support candidate residencies, program operations, commencement, convocation, etc. is required. Review of applications will begin immediately with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023.

Sacred Heart University's (SHU) Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is uniquely designed with the mission, vision, and values of SHU at its heart. In the spirit of whole person wellness, the philosophical tenants of counseling, as a field, align well with SHU. With careful attention to the comprehensive standards set forth by CACREP, SHU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program focuses on integrity, respect, and the ethical care of our learners and those they serve. Building on SHU's experience of delivering academic excellence in a low-residency, online format allows for broader outreach to diverse adult learner populations.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program strongly supports SHU's Farrington College of Education & Human Development's goal of preparing educational leaders to "personally and professionally make a difference in the global community." Additionally, the program aligns to Sacred Heart University's Core Values. Specifically, the program is committed to excellence by actively pursuing truth and knowledge through the teaching and scholarship of its faculty and students. The program is committed to the common good of society by addressing significant (and growing) societal issues. It explicitly recognizes the dignity and worth of every human being by focusing on prevention, resilience, and the holistic well-being of all individuals.


The Clinical Assistant Professor position will require an innovative, self-sufficient, and critical thinker who can work within a collaborative online environment. The successful candidate will teach core courses, practicums and internships, and will support the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. 

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff and collaborate to identify and solve problems and engage in program improvement.

Demonstrate the skills and ability to organize the work of self and others.

Demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Design, develop, and teach courses for the online master's programs in counseling.

Demonstrate knowledge of and experience in employing best practices in the assessment of student learning and academic program outcomes.

Demonstrate the ability to engage graduate students and community partners.

Demonstrate knowledge of state licensure and program approval processes for counseling and related programs.

Demonstrate knowledge of national accreditation processes for counseling and related programs (e.g., CACREP, COAMFTE).

Demonstrate the ability to maintain and organize regulatory and compliance documentation, reports, and other metrics using electronic media.

Demonstrate the ability to use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Demonstrate computer proficiency with Microsoft office (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

Demonstrate knowledge of counseling privacy and other protocols including HIPAA, HITECH, FERPA, and state/district policies, as they apply to student records and field experiences.

Required Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision (CACREP Accredited).

Possesses state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), License/Certified School Counselor, or equivalent.

Possesses state credential as a clinical supervisor or at the national level (e.g., Approved Clinical Supervisor [ACS]).

Demonstrates a strong professional counseling identity and commitment to the counseling profession.

Demonstrate potential to teach in online graduate-level programs and supervise counselors-in-training utilizing a variety or technological tools/platforms.

Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.

Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellence Mission & Vision statements.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of the CACREP accreditation process.

Membership in appropriate professional organizations (e.g., ACA, ACES, etc.).

Demonstrated excellence in placement and supervision of counselors-in-training.

Prior experience in teaching, research, and leadership.

Demonstrated strong commitment to and professional experience with diverse populations.

Evidence of or potential for scholarship commensurate with clinical faculty expectations.

Additional Information:

Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that our institution's success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alums, and surrounding community. It is a mastery of inclusion that fosters a consistent sense of belonging. Inclusive Excellence is aspirational and is the pillar that guides the mission, vision, and function of this unit.

To achieve Inclusive Excellence, our personal and organizational responsibilities are to:

Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.

Participate in educational and developmental activities to increase awareness and competencies of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole.

Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellence statements.

Application Instructions:

Required Materials for Submission

Cover Letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications of this position including certification and employment as a counselor.

Curriculum Vitae

SHU Statement: In 1-2 pages, please address our prompt: "How do you understand the SHU Mission Statement and Core Values? How do you see yourself personally contributing to the mission and values of the university and how would your background and academic discipline enhance it?"

Letters of recommendation from three Professional References that include name and contact information (email and phone number).

Transcripts (from all institutions of higher education granting degrees: undergraduate and graduate) Unofficial are acceptable; official transcripts are expected upon an offer of employment.

Qualified applicants should upload the required materials through the SHU online Application Portal to the attention of Dr. Missy Wheeler, search committee chair. Review of applications will begin immediately with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023. The search committee will only consider online submissions made through this portal. 

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.