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University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Job no: 517037
Classification: Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade: UNAC Grade 30
Work type: Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit: University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit: UAF School of Education
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Health Profession


The duties associated with the 10% service portion of the position involve serving on student thesis and non-thesis research committees; collaborating with Counseling Program faculty on program development, delivery, evaluation, and improvement; and serving the department, college, university, public schools, and/or professional behavioral health community at the local, state and national levels. Essential

For the 30% of the position dedicated to research, primary responsibilities include developing or expanding relevant areas of grant-funded research and scholarship that support the mission of the program, department, college, and/or university; academic advising. Essential

The 60% of time dedicated to teaching will consist of using a variety of modalities for delivering courses in a M.Ed in Counseling Program housed within a School of Education. This program combines local and distance learners in synchronous classroom settings using videoconferencing and audio technology. Additionally, some asynchronous online courses are available to prepare clinical mental health and school counselors. Primary teaching responsibilities include developing and delivering graduate-level counselor education content courses in clinical mental health, school counseling, and providing oversight and clinical supervision for students completing practicum and internships. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching counseling courses in a manner that is consistent with the specified course content descriptions, associated standards, and approved syllabi. Faculty members are expected to hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught. Essential

The UAF School of Education’s Counseling program is CACREP accredited. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a distinguished public, land-grant university renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. Online classes, professional development classes, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the University of Alaska system. The university has an enrollment of over 9,000 students. The university embraces diversity, encourages community engagement, and is committed to the discovery of knowledge. Further, it has a long-standing commitment to the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and the improvement in the quality of life and standard of living for those we serve.

Fairbanks is a community that provides access to a wide variety of educational, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and its proximity to Ft. Wainwright, a large Army post, and Eielson Air Force Base. Fairbanks is located in Interior, or central, Alaska, 358 miles north of Anchorage on the George Parks Highway and 300 miles northwest of the Alaska-Canada border on the Richardson Highway. It lies on the northern bank of the Tanana River, between the Yukon River to the north and the Alaska Range to the south. Several commercial airlines provide service to and from the Fairbanks area, and while there is no train service from the lower 48 states, the Alaska Railroad does run between Anchorage and Fairbanks daily during the summer and on weekends during the winter. It also stops at the entrance of Denali National Park on its way.


This position involves teaching graduate courses in counseling education with the ability to address the training needs of graduate students in clinical mental health and school counseling tracks of the program. It also requires the ability to supervise practicum and internship students. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop or expand research and scholarship interests relevant to the context and missions of the school of education, the counseling program, and the university along with the skill-sets necessary for building collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, and acquiring grant funding. In addition, the successful applicant will have the skills necessary for advising graduate students, serving on graduate student research committees, participating in committee work that relates to the Counseling Program, School of Education, and the University.

The successful applicant will have:

  • knowledge of and commitment to a CACREP-accredited Counseling M.Ed. Program with a Clinical Mental Health track and School Counseling track;
  • potential for excellence in instruction, academic/career advising, and supervision;
  • the ability to use technology to deliver synchronous and asynchronous, high quality learning experiences in live and virtual classroom environments that combine local and distance learners;
  • and an interest in developing the program to serve an Indigenous student cohort.


Experience as a clinical mental health provider and/or school counselor, evidence of or potential for scholarly activity, record of university teaching experience, experience developing and teaching online courses and/or integrating technology into courses, successful supervision experience, and experience with diverse populations.


  • Earned doctorate from a CACREP-accredited Counselor Education Program with an emphasis in clinical mental health and/or school counseling by August, 2022;
  • Certified School Counselor or eligible for Alaska school counseling certification, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or eligible for Alaska LPC, National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS);
  • possess other counseling credentials, and record of involvement in professional organizations.

Qualified candidates should submit the following documents:

  • cover letter specific to this position describing how the candidate’s educational background and professional experience meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, including achievements and future plans;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • transcripts showing highest degree earned (unofficial transcripts may be submitted; official transcripts will be required prior to an offer);
  • and two letters from professional references written in the last two years.

Should questions arise re: this position, please contact Valerie Gifford, search committee chair, at vmgifford@alaska.edu. For human resource related questions, please contact Valerie Rickards, CNSM/SOE HR Coordinator, at 907-474-6714, or vsrickards@alaska.edu.

Review of applications will begin on June 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

To apply for this job please visit careers.alaska.edu.