The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education ( within the College of Education at Penn State, seeks applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education (tenure track or tenure-eligible), to begin Fall 2022.

Counselor Education at Penn State offers professional preparation at the master’s degree level for qualified persons wishing to become school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, rehabilitation and clinical mental health counselors, and career counselors. At the Ph.D. level, the Counselor Education and Supervision degree prepares individuals to become university faculty members, researchers, and supervisors. All curriculums blend research-based didactic experience with extensive supervised practical application experiences to develop the highest quality professionals.

The College seeks to strengthen its faculty in the area of Counselor Education and is particularly interested in identifying candidates with interests and expertise in clinical mental health counseling in schools and communities with a focus on children and youth of color and their families with an area of emphasis related to antiracism, racial trauma, and exploring oppression through critical epistemologies and frameworks. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their work contributes to the college’s strategic plan ( and leadership resolution (

At the level of Assistant Professor, applicants should have a record of promising success in teaching, supervision, and research, along with a primary professional identity as a counselor educator. For the role of Associate Professor, applicants seeking appointment should have demonstrated competence in the aforementioned areas and should have established a reputation in scholarly or professional achievement in Counselor Education.


Conduct a systematic program of research, writing, and other scholarly activities in counselor education, with an emphasis on clinical mental health counseling in schools and communities, focused on issues of equity, social justice, and anti-racism, with a critical lens. Demonstrated expertise in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on the needs of students of color in PK-12-higher education and their families highly preferred.
Pursue individually or with others relevant externally funded research.
Teach and develop graduate courses in Counselor Education, advise students in M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs, and openness to potentially teaching undergraduates in the associated Rehabilitation and Human Services program.

Serve on Department, College, and University committees as appropriate.
Engage in active service and leadership in the Counselor Education profession.
Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Counselor Education from a CACREP-accredited program or with faculty experience in a CACREP-accredited Counselor Education program, prior to the appointment start date.
  • Demonstrated commitment to high-quality teaching and advising students, through the use of traditional methods and modern distance education technologies.
  • Eligible for appropriate counselor certification/licensure.
  • Evidence of a strong counselor education identity and commitment to school or youth-based clinical mental health counseling in research, teaching, and service.
  • Evidence of an explicit commitment to diversity, social justice, and equity and integrating them into teaching, research, and service.
  • Evidence of an emerging or established program of scholarship that focuses on topics related to social justice and antiracist mental health counseling and the psycho-emotional, mental health, and/or college and career needs of students/youth of color in a variety of settings including schools and universities.
  • Evidence of a clear commitment to diversity, social justice, equity, and anti-racism in studying issues and programs related to the needs of PK-12-higher education students and families of color.
  • Evidence of successful teaching potential. Evidence of involvement in Counselor Education organizations.
  • Evidence of commitment to collegiality and collaboration.

This is a tenure-track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching.  Counselor Education at Penn State includes CACREP accredited programs in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Career Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce.  We encourage applications from professionals of diverse backgrounds.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a letter of application addressing the required and desirable qualifications for the position; current curriculum vitae, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), three academic reference letters; and names, mail, and email addresses, and telephone numbers of the academic references. Applications received by January 4, 2022, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

For additional information on this position, contact Julia Bryan, Search Chair (

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