Assistant/Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

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Assistant/Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

Location: COE: Educational Psychology
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607638
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

About NAU

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff-the home of our largest campus-and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access .

About the Department/College

This PhD Combined Counseling-School Psychology program is located at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus in the College of Education and is closely aligned with the strategic priorities of NAU to elevate excellence for a bold and boundless future. We are committed to serving the people of Arizona, including Indigenous and Latine communities; and are dedicated to preparing individuals who contribute to the academic preparedness, positive educational outcomes, school climate, and college-going and completion rates in Arizona and beyond. We seek candidates committed to culturally responsive, inclusive, and equitable educational practices that advance educational excellence for all our students.

About the Position

The Department of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University is hiring for a for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2024. Initial review of applications will begin on January 8, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. We seek applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position to serve as the Doctoral Training Director and Assistant/Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology in our APA-accredited Combined Counseling/School Psychology PhD program.

The Doctoral Training Director plays an important role in guiding our Combined PhD program in providing the best clinical training for our doctoral students. The primary role of the Doctoral Training Director is to provide robust and supportive leadership in our Combined PhD program, for its trainees, and associated supervisors. The Training Director works closely with our Department Chair in attaining these goals and serves as the administrative leader of an APA-accredited Combined PhD program.

We particularly encourage candidates who can enhance the department's commitment to diversity through teaching, supervision, and outreach. We are interested in candidates with a passion for high-quality clinical care, clinical supervision, conducting research, and teaching at the graduate level. The successful applicant will join existing graduate faculty in the teaching and mentoring of PhD students. In addition, there are many rich opportunities for collaboration and clinical training in Northern Arizona.

Our program is one of four APA-accredited Combined Counseling/School Psychology programs in the United States. In Spring 2022, the APA Commission on Accreditation granted full accreditation of the doctoral Counseling/School PhD program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Department of Educational Psychology is housed in the College of Education and offers the Combined Counseling/School Psychology PhD program, a School Psychology Ed.S. program, master's programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Counseling - Student Affairs, and Human Relations; and a bachelor's program in Applied Human Behavior. Faculty in the department work collaboratively to support student learning across programs.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Assistant/Associate Professor-
    • Teach graduate level courses and develop curriculum in areas of expertise.
    • Maintain a research portfolio in line with tenure-track faculty requirements.
    • Participate in relevant institutional and professional service.
  • Doctoral Training Director-specific duties and responsibilities
    • Work with program faculty to provide culturally grounded and mission driven leadership and administration of the Combined PhD training program, including the implementation of policies and practices to advance an equitable, inclusive learning and training environment.
    • Lead program recruitment, admissions, and student orientation, in line with the mission of NAU.
    • Provide support and mentorship for students in the PhD program, including monitoring progress in the program, practicum placements, and, and problem solving.
    • In coordination with program faculty, help to determine internship eligibility and readiness, work with students on the internship placement process, and correspond with internship supervisors about placement, experience, and performance evaluations.
    • Provide leadership in the department on current and new APA training requirements, and respond to program inquiries from APA, APPIC, and assist with the maintenance of program accreditation including annual reporting.
    • Represent and advocate for the training program to professional organizations such as APA, APPIC.

This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

This is a tenure-eligible, 9 month position, starting in August 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Eligibility for licensure in Arizona; licensed in Arizona by start date. Candidate must be eligible to be licensed as a psychologist by the State of Arizona at time of application.
  • Prior teaching experience at the graduate level.
  • Prior experience working clinically with diverse populations.
  • Emerging or established research portfolio representative of a Counseling Psychology professional identity.
  • Earned Doctorate in Counseling Psychology or related field from an APA-accredited program.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success or experience in teaching graduate level courses in counseling psychology.
  • Evidence or strong potential to develop and maintain independent and collaborative scholarship in area of expertise.
  • Evidence or strong potential to prepare and manage external grant proposals/programs in area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated efficacy in working with people from a variety of backgrounds; and understanding of rural and southwest communities.
  • Experience supporting or leading an APA-Accredited doctoral program.
  • Experience with APPIC and/or APA Accreditation processes.
  • Experience supporting or leading in program development.
  • Prior experience with supervision and training of graduate level students
  • Prior experience supervising doctoral, interns, or postdoctoral trainees in a clinical setting.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Understands best practices related to clinical training.
  • Interacts and communicates successfully with a diverse population.
  • Acts in a way that embodies the mission, vision, and values of NAU and the College of Education.
  • Maintains ethical behavior and the ability to demonstrate ethical decision making related to training concerns.
  • Manages multiple projects with multiple deadlines while meeting or exceeding expectations.
  • Communicates ideas and information effectively in both verbal and written form.
  • Knowledge of local and national training and licensing requirements and ability to guide our students through the process.


Compensation & Benefits

Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

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 the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Pre-Employment Check

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. 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 as this campus has 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.

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.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before February 20, 2024 will receive full consideration.

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 nau.jobs , follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate vacancy 607638, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):
  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • names and contact information for three references.

  • Please do not include any other documents. Additional Documentation will not be considered

    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 a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu , or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

    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.

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