Assistant Professor - Counselor Education - 16815

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The Department of Counselor Education in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of clinical mental health with expertise in couples and families counseling, for a start date of August 2021. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching graduate courses in the Counselor Education program, developing a strong research agenda, and a commitment to providing service in the university and community.


The successful applicant will join a group of committed and vibrant faculty who deliver cutting-edge learning opportunities to a diverse student body. They will teach core courses in counselor education, through a rigorous academic curriculum that includes experiential and self-reflective learning. The candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages graduate students, results in publications, and contributes to advancing the department, university, counseling profession, and society. The candidate will also participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community. Ability to work with Spanish speaking clients and staff is a plus. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in counselor education preferably from a CACREP-accredited program and a background in clinical mental health. Consideration will be given to a related doctoral degree that includes experience as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013. Candidates who are ABD will also be considered; however, they must have completed their degree by the contract start date in August 2021. Otherwise, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2022 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching, promoting the success of graduate students, and working with diverse populations
  • Service as an active member of the university community and a commitment to social justice is imperative
  • Eligible for licensure as an LPC in the state of Wisconsin
  • Candidates should have the potential to develop or maintain a clear research agenda and the capacity to attract external funding
Desired Characteristics:
  • Counseling experience is strongly preferred
  • Preference will be given to persons with a specialty in couples and families counseling
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Responsibilities include teaching core courses in counselor education, courses in the clinical mental health counseling emphasis, and couples and families counseling as appropriate. Providing service to the university, participating in department leadership (e.g. department chair, program coordinator, clinical coordinator), advising students, and providing community service. It also includes supervision of students in practicum and internship utilizing our state-of-the-art clinic and expanded social justice oriented partnerships; implementing program requirements; and participating in research and grant writing activities. Ability to infuse technology into instruction, e.g., web-based course offerings is preferred. Openness to working with diverse populations is essential.


The Counselor Education Department has seven full-time faculty members and a counseling services manager. The master's program includes a 60-credit program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a 60-credit program for School Counseling. The counseling program has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and other Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 2000. The school counseling program is also approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For more information about the department, our students and our strategic plan, visit our web site at https://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/counselored

The department is housed in the College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS) along with other graduate degree programs in business education, communication sciences and disorders, educational leadership, professional development, and special education. The college also has an extensive offering of undergraduate courses in education and teaching. For more information about the college visit the web site at https://www.uww.edu/coeps/


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

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For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty. UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/

The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater has authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW–Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by January 15, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. Cindy Anderton
Associate Professor, Department of Counselor Education


Dr. Ola Bamgbose
Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter/letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
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