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Florida Gulf Coast University invites applications for the position of Associate/Full Professor of Counseling and Program Chair starting in the Fall 2020. FGCU offers the unique opportunity to help grow a founding program at a young University. As part of the dynamic and growing Marieb College of Health and Human Services and the first clinic in the Marieb College, the Department of Counseling features a CACREP accredited student-centered, field-based programs in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling as well as three post-master’s certificates, and the new Community Counseling Center. This position reports to the Dean of Marieb College of Health & Human Services.
This position is a 12-month appointment and qualifies for a continuing contract which is a rolling three-year contract. The successful practitioner candidate will be expected to collaboratively lead the educational program, faculty, students, and staff in developing a world class reputation, teach graduate courses in a CACREP accredited counseling program(s), have a record of professional service, research, and extramural funding and create a culture of inter-professional education and practice competencies for counseling graduates. The Department Chair has authority and responsibility for the delivery of the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs in accordance with the College and University strategic plans. Candidates will be expected to fulfill scholarly research requirements and service responsibilities to the department, college, university, and the community as well as advance the Counseling profession. Candidates will be expected to sustain and grow innovations in programs through: national recruitment activities; expanded relationships with school and community partners; maintaining a culture of achievement and high-expectations for faculty, students and staff; securing external grant and gift funding, mentorship of junior faculty; new program development including a potential doctorate program, fostering scholarship productivity and inter-professional activities; overseeing the growth and development of the Community Counseling Center and engaging alumnae in College development as part of the Marieb College continuum of community health care service clinics.
The Department of Counseling encourages collaborative and inter-professional research and teaching and the next chair is expected to develop and mentor colleagues as well as lead by example of excellence in teaching, service and a focused line of research. The successful candidate will show evidence of visionary leadership as well as an understanding of the contemporary and futuristic context in which counseling and related health and education programs operate.

The Program Chair provides leadership of the operation of the counseling programs, and must be able to work collaboratively and inter-professionally with faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners. The position requires knowledge of curriculum development, policy development, student learning outcomes, program review, Florida DOE and CACREP standards, accreditation, licensure, certification, and accountability management, schedule development, enrollment and retention management strategies, faculty development and supervision, clinical competence in Clinical Mental Health, Marriage and Family or School Counseling.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Counselor Education from a CACREP (The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited program or equivalent program.

Counseling Education experience and qualifications eligible for the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Eligible for License as an LMHC or certification as a School Counselor in Florida.

Proven teaching excellence in graduate instruction and demonstrated clinical competence in counseling.

Documented professional counselor identity as evidenced by education, teaching, clinical experience and professional affiliations (such as American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision as well as Regional or Florida equivalents).

Documented professional experience and competency in working with culturally diverse populations.

Demonstrated success in engaged community/school-university partnerships.
Experience with the CACREP accreditation process and successful outcomes.

Evidence of student-centered instruction and leadership within a collaborative environment.

Record of scholarship in counseling including research, program development, securing grants, publication, and program evaluation.

Experience in the development and promotion of interprofessional education and practice.


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated clinical competence in counseling.

Evidence of the leadership necessary to propel the program forward, including demonstrated outreach, recruitment, and service activities.

Experience developing and/or managing new programs including post-master’s certificates and doctorates.

Experience with collaborative grant development and external funding.
Counseling skills; knowledge of statistics, diversity, and addiction.

Clinical experience as clinic director or practitioner, or supervisor of an agency, non-profit organization, or hospital

Leadership at the program or department level and a presence at the state, regional and national level in the profession.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching. Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and university.

Essential Job Duties:

Facilitates department strategic planning and develops short and long-term operations for department stability and expansion.

• Leads the department to ensure that all administrative deadlines and requirements are met.

• Develops innovative and data driven approaches to program development, improvement and management.

• Plans and manages the department budget.

• Recruits, hires, assigns, mentors, and evaluates department faculty and staff as well as ensuring performance improvement and successful faculty promotions in rank.

• Collaborates with the faculty on schedule development and program course sequencing.

• Leads faculty and students in the development of inter-professional competencies with other health professions departments and clinical teams.

• Works with faculty to facilitate the review of textbooks.

• Facilitates curriculum quality and development as well as periodic review and revision.

• Facilitates development, implementation, and assessment of student learning outcomes (SLOs) at the program and college levels as appropriate.

• Facilitates program review and data analysis aligning with SACS assessment requirements.

• Ensures alignment of program with all CACREP standards to ensure accreditation and preparing, with faculty, accreditation reports and studies.

• Assists the Dean by providing information and data for budget, enrollment and retention development and management.

• Initiates justification to the Dean for right-sizing staff and faculty within the academic and clinical delivery services area.

• Provides orientation for new students, onboarding of part-time faculty and full-time faculty to program and department operation as well as professional preparation standards with the help of other faculty in the programs.

• Develops annual professional development plans with faculty and evaluates their accomplishments.

• Serves as supervisor of the Counseling Clinic Director for the CCC and Clinical Coordinator.

• Works with faculty to market, recruit, advise, and retain high quality and diverse student cohorts.

• Engages with alumni in activities which promote the maintenance and growth of programming, faculty and student support activities.

• Ensures a climate of inclusivity and civility.


Posting Number: F252P

Open Date: 10/24/2019

Closing Date: 11/22/2019

Open until filled: No

Special Instructions to applicants:


Appointment will be made on a 12 month multi-year appointment basis available August 2020.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.


Documents Needed To Apply
1.      Cover Letter

2.      Transcripts

3.      Curriculum Vitae

4.      List of 5 Professional References (with relationship of each)

5.      Statement of Teaching Philosophy

6.      Statement of experience in research or scholarship as it fits discipline

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