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Job Title: Department Chair, Assistant or Associate Professor in Counseling (Tenure Track)

Department: Counseling and Human Services

Reports to: Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences

FLSA Status: Exempt

HR Approval Date:

Anticipated Start Date: August 8, 2022


SUMMARY: The Department of Counseling and Human Services is searching for an experienced counselor educator to lead the department in preparing counselors, educators, and researchers for clinical practice (MA) or for clinical leadership, teaching and research (PhD) to serve an increasingly pluralistic, changing, and global society. The Counseling Department has two CACREP-accredited programs, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.  The position will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, tenure track, or commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will be expected to assume responsibility of chair of the department on or before January 1, 2023.


St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. (link to University Mission and Vision).. St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest and continues to advocate the Marianist mission. St. Mary’s enrolls approximately 3500 students in a diverse university with four schools, more than 40 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous pre-professional programs. The successful candidate is expected to support and contribute to the University’s Marianist educational mission.


In 2020, the counseling department graduated 18 MA students and 7 PhD students. In 2020, 100% of the master’s students passed the National Counselor Exam, a requirement for the certification as a National Certified Counselor and for counselor licensure in many states.





Teach three courses in each Fall and Spring semester; supervise dissertation students to completion of their program of study. There is a one-course release per semester when serving as departmental chair.
Provide excellent teaching and mentoring of students in the Counseling Department; to demonstrate command of one’s subject matter; articulate the relationship on one’s subject matter to the liberal arts and the Catholic education tradition; assist students in their professional development;
Contribute to the dissemination of knowledge beyond the classroom; contribute to the scholarship of teaching and application regularly and to the scholarship of discovery and integration as opportunities arise;
Participate in Department, College, and University meetings, committees, and other activities.
Additional focused duties as Department Chair:

Evaluate and maintain the quality of teaching and advising within the Department; plan with Department members innovative curriculum changes and teaching improvements; propose, in consultation with faculty members, proposed course schedules; to supervise Departmental activities during the summer sessions; to supervise faculty members’ strategy for meeting the University’s requirements for teaching, scholarship, advising, and service; encourage members of the Department to actively participate in professional associations, faculty development programs, and research activities.
Propose and administer the annual budget; assist with marketing of the Department programs; maintain departmental records; handle grade appeal procedures.

Applicants must meet CACREP standards for core counseling faculty:

o   have a completed doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D. or Psy.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP-accredited doctoral program,

o   or the candidate has a related doctoral degree with significant work experience in a CACREP program.

Applicants must have administrative experience at the departmental level or higher. Preference will be given to administrative experience as CACREP Program Director or Chair.

Applicants must be licensed as a Professional Counselor in their state and eligible for LPC licensure in the state of Texas.  Preference will be given to applicants with licensure supervisor designation.


We highly desire a candidate with a history of effective teaching and leadership in a CACREP accredited program, with a strong ability to mentor MA and PhD students. In addition, we highly desire candidates who possess an area of expertise demonstrated by a record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journal and presentations at ACA-related conferences.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong history of leadership in the counseling profession, community service and social justice advocacy.


All qualified applicants are welcome, and we actively encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity of our department.  Candidates should submit to the St. Mary’s University Applicant Pro ( ):  a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a sample of published research in one’s area of expertise, evidence of effective teaching, teaching philosophy, and statement of administrative leadership philosophy. Three letters of reference should be sent directly to:

Dr. Dan Ratliff

St. Mary’s University

Chair, Dept. of Counseling

One Camino Santa Maria

San Antonio, TX 78228-8527


Application review will begin Nov. 1, 2021, and will continue until position has been filled. Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and education.  Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check.


For more information, please contact Dr. Dan Ratliff, Chair, Dept. of Counseling

( or 210-438-6400.



St. Mary’s University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages all qualified candidates apply.

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