Assistant or Associate Professor - Master of Education in Counseling

  • University of Puget Sound
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Feb 17, 2024
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education)

Job Description


University of Puget Sound

Assistant or Associate Professor - Master of Education in Counseling
Job ID: 7575
Location: School of Education
Full/Part Time:  

Faculty Posting Details

School of Education, full-time tenure-line Assistant or Associate Professor, Master of Education in Counseling Program; begins Fall 2024, with the option to begin in Summer 2024 if available.

Teaching responsibilities include teaching a range of graduate-level courses in a CACREP-accredited program, including integrated courses related to School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty areas. The faculty member will collaborate with other faculty on ongoing program and curriculum development, including the anticipated development and launch of a hybrid online program that will parallel our existing fully in-person cohort model. Supervision responsibilities include observing and mentoring graduate candidates in local public schools and mental health agencies and providing group and/or triadic supervision as needed. Advising responsibilities include mentoring MEd candidates and meeting with prospective students. Other duties include participation in departmental and university governance, and continuation of professional development in the faculty member's area of expertise.

  • Doctorate in counselor education, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program OR doctoral degree in a related field with employment as full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013.
  • Licensed/certified or eligible to be licensed in Washington State as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC [full licensure] strongly preferred); or certified or eligible to be certified as an ESA School Counselor.
  • Counseling experience in clinical mental health preferred.
  • Knowledge of equity and inclusion-informed theories and research, and an understanding of working with diverse populations.
  • Research interests or professional experience in evidence-based, culturally responsive interventions preferred.
  • CACREP accreditation expertise preferred.
  • Experience and/or training in online curriculum design and delivery is preferred.
  • Commitment to liberal arts education.
  • Exceptionally experienced candidates may be considered for appointment as Associate Professor.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications begins March 16th, 2024.

Required Documents:
Please submit your curriculum vitae when prompted to submit your resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement (see details below)
  • Teaching evaluations
  • A recent publication or scholarly work in progress
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Candidate's Diversity Statement:
As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the candidate's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our ongoing commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways candidates can express their qualifications:
  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented populations in counseling;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural responsiveness increases one's effectiveness as a counselor, educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Faculty salaries at the University of Puget Sound are based on a common salary scale based on experience. Assistant Professor salaries begin at $71,492 annualized for an Assistant Professor with a terminal degree in their field in their first year of full-time postdoctoral teaching through $80,003 annualized based on experience. Associate Professor salaries begin at $87,969 for an Associate Professor in their first year of full-time postdoctoral teaching through $98,182 annualized based on experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible faculty members, including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
  • Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
  • Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures) and more!

For more information on Puget Sound's faculty benefits package, visit: 2024 Benefits for Faculty Members.pdf (
For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit:

About the MEd Program:
The Master of Education in Counseling program at the University of Puget Sound offers two CACREP-accredited specialty areas: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. MEd candidates are placed in local public schools and mental health agencies for practicum and internship. Supervision is provided by core and affiliate faculty. MEd faculty collaborate closely on ongoing curriculum and program development to train reflective, collaborative, and social justice counselors. The MEd program intends to launch a hybrid online program that will parallel our existing fully in-person cohort model in the near future. More information about the program is located on the program website:

About the School of Education:
The School of Education offers three programs: Master of Education in Counseling program, a Master of Arts in Teaching program, and a minor in Education Studies. Students experience sustained clinical experiences in local public schools, mental health agencies, and/or community centers. Students actively pursue culturally responsive practice and contribute collaboratively to the ongoing work of equity.

About the University of Puget Sound
About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities. Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State:

Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the
    intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection
    upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus
    community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity
    in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all
    members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational
    opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity,
    thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more, please visit Diversity and Inclusion at Puget Sound

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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