Website Virginia Commonwealth University - Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling invites applicants to apply for an open

rank, non-tenure track faculty counselor education position. Applicants must have an earned

doctorate in Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or a closely-related field which

meets Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

requirements for core faculty. The proposed faculty hire date is September 25, 2021. This is a

nine-month, non-tenure track position primarily focused on teaching and service in a

CACREP-accredited master’s degree program in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

The open rank professor position includes face-to-face, hybrid and online teaching in our

master’s-level CACREP-accredited counseling program. As a Term Faculty position is preferred,

the candidate will be expected to teach a 3-3 teaching load including advising. A successful

candidate will demonstrate advanced skill and judgment for relatively independent

decision-making and will participate as an active team member related to course design and

development. Additional responsibilities may include participation in relevant department

planning and oversight including faculty and other administrative meetings, accreditation

duties, clinical placement issues, management of student success plans, and other service


Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, VCU is a premier urban, public

research institution with an enrollment of more than 31,000 students within a culturally diverse

setting. Recently voted as the “Best River Town in America” by Outside magazine, Richmond is a

vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short

driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The

Department of Rehabilitation Counseling sits within the College of Health Professions (CHP).

CHP prioritizes the core value of individual dignity, and strives to promote a culture of diversity,

inclusivity, and equity in a supportive learning and work environment. Recently marking its 50th

anniversary, CHP opened a state-of-the-art 154,000 square feet, eight level, LEED Silver certified

building. The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling offers a CACREP-accredited Master of

Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling that is ranked fourth in the nation by

U.S. News and World Report, and a post-master’s certificate in professional counseling.

Minimum qualifications:

● Earned doctorate in Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or a closely related


● Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia

● Eligibility for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential, or willingness to

achieve eligibility within a reasonable period of time

● Experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional service that inform

worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, age,

ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.

● Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student

environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

● Junior faculty members will be required to have an established research agenda and a

clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression

to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.

● Senior faculty members will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research

portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding

appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.

Preferred qualifications:

● Record of effective teaching, supervision, and professional activity; including both

clinical and didactic courses. Potential to teach in multiple formats (face to face, hybrid,


● Prior experience supervising master’s level counseling trainees or credentialed/licensed

as a counselor supervisor

● Direct experience in mental health counseling, substance use, and/or rehabilitation


● Excellent communication, collaboration, organization, and interpersonal skills

Candidates who apply by the priority deadline of August 20, 2021 will be considered first. If

interested, please submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, diversity statement (under the “other

documents” section), and the names and contact information of three professional references

via VCU eJobs at Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to

Courtney Holmes (, Associate Professor and Chair of the Search

Committee. All replies will be held in strict confidence.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia

Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an

environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and

Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions

toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how

your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have

or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading

in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered,

and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity;

teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally

underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university

providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national

origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation,

gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

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