Open Rank Professor of Counselor Education

Virginia Commonwealth University   Richmond, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on March 26, 2024
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Open Rank Professor of Counselor Education

The Department of Counseling and Special Education in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant, associate, or full professor in the counselor education program who embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. At VCU, we believe different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process, so we welcome applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

The counselor education program includes master's programs in school counseling, college counseling and student affairs, and couples and family counseling. It also offers a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision. The counseling program provides graduate students with research-based professional studies and clinical experiences necessary for effective counseling, advocacy, and leadership in diverse geographic and socio-economic settings. The position's focus is contributing to the school counseling program.

The assistant/associate/full professor of counselor education is a 9-month position with the possibility of teaching during the summer, depending on departmental needs. Ideal candidates are committed to enhancing school counseling research; pursuing external funds; teaching excellence; contributing to program, department, school, and university governance; and serving and leading in the counseling profession. This faculty member will join a productive and collegial group of faculty members committed to cultivating a culturally diverse student body and faculty, and supporting diversity within the community.

The primary responsibilities of this position include (a) sustaining a record of research and scholarship, (b) teaching courses in the master's and doctoral-level courses in the counseling program, and (c) providing service and leadership to the program, department, university, and counseling profession.

Position Responsibilities

1. Research and Scholarship
●Engage in scholarly activities to advance the counseling field, focusing on school counseling, addressing diversity, inclusion, social justice, and equity in counseling.
●Establish and/or maintain a research agenda that has the potential for external funding.
●Collaborate with colleagues, students, and schools in research and scholarship.

2. Teaching
●Teach courses in the counseling programs based on departmental needs.
●Supervise school counseling students in practicum and internship courses.
●Advise students, including supporting Ph.D. students in their dissertation process.
●Assist with curriculum management and oversight.

3. Service
●Service to the community through participating in department, school, and university committees.
●Collaborate with community partners and the profession locally.
●Hold leadership positions nationally and internationally within the counseling profession.

VCU is a premier urban, public research university with a diverse student body and both research-intensive and community-engaged designations from the Carnegie Foundation. Located in historic Richmond, Virginia, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students on two campuses. 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.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, we are UNcommon in learning, research, creativity, service, and discovery for our students, staff, faculty and community members. We create UNcommon opportunities and strive for UNmatched excellence. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It's a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work. VCU also has excellent research/grant technical support.

The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education through leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and impact in schools, communities, families, and children. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to addressing challenges in urban schools, communities, and families. Ranked as #18 of public schools of education by U.S. News & World Report, the VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice, and the complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement.

Required Qualifications:
●An earned doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP-Accredited program by the start of the position
●Experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
●Demonstrated effort to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
●An articulated school counselor educator identity
●Engagement and leadership in academia and the counseling profession
●Currently licensed and/or eligible to obtain Virginia licensure for school counseling
●Record of research and scholarship in school counseling commensurate with experience level
●Excellent communication, collaboration, and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications
●Secured external funding for research
●Experience working with doctoral students and serving on dissertation committees
●Experience in collaborating with local school systems and agencies
●Experience with leadership and governance in a counseling program
●Service in professional counseling organizations

Application Process:
To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted online through the VCU Talent@VCU Recruitment application process ( and must include all of the following documents:
●Cover letter of application addressing the qualifications
●Curriculum vitae
●Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, VCU 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 (up to 500 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contributions 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.

Specific questions regarding this position should be directed to the search chair, Dr. T'Airra Belcher, via email (

Requested Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100%
Tenure: Open
Rank: Open
Months: 9

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Dr. T'Airra Belcher
Contact Email: