Open Rank Faculty and Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Program (Search Extended)

  • Northern Illinois University
  • DeKalb, IL, USA
  • Nov 19, 2019
Full time   Human Development/Family/Consumer Science Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences Deans & Directors

Job Description

The School of Family and Consumer, Sciences at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a faculty appointment at an open rank faculty level in the Marriage and Family Therapy program beginning July 2020. The School offers an M.S. degree in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (SMFT). The SMFT program is a two-year program that operates in conjunction with an the on-campus Couple and Family Therapy Clinic. The program has been accredited by COAMFTE since 1983 with a strong history of producing licensed marriage and family therapists.

Northern Illinois University ( is a Doctoral/Research extensive university with a diverse student body of over 17,000 located 65 miles west of Chicago. The position is housed in the area of Family and Child Studies of the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences. The School has 18 full-time faculty members and seven supportive professional staff. Being a team member in the Human Development and Family Science program involves activities in the areas of research, teaching and service.

Primary Function

The individual filling this position will serve as a faculty member in the School of Family and Family Sciences’ HDFS program. This individual will also serve as the full-time Director of the SMFT program. As SMFT Director, this individual will assume administrative responsibilities for the program and will supervise the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic associated with academic program.


  • Serve as Director of the SMFT program;
  • Oversee the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accreditation processes;
  • Supervise the Director of the Couple and Marriage Therapy Clinic at NIU;
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses;
  • Provide clinical supervision;
  • Advise students;
  • Help facilitate the SMFT program and curriculum development;
  • Prepare annual reports to COAMFTE.
  • Encourage students’ participation in professional development activities, scholarship, and community service.
  • Maintain an active program of research and scholarship, and direct theses.
  • Work collaboratively with productively with colleagues. Teaching and administrative experience at the graduate level required.


Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. in MFT or closely related field;
  • Be eligible to acquire licensure in MFT in Illinois;
  • Have AAMFT Clinical Membership and the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation;
  • Teaching and administrative experience at the graduate level;
  • Demonstrated and established record of scholarship;
  • Be advanced clinically and have previous clinical mentoring experience.
  • Demonstrated success working within a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment for cross-disciplinary collaboration, leadership in the profession, and program development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one graduate degree received from a COAMFTE accredited MFT program;
  • Previous administrative experience in the role of MFT program director;
  • Certified Family Life Education (CLFE) status.

Application Details

Application Process

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at by January 20, 2020. Preference will be given to complete applications received by January 20, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a letter of application stating qualifications, current curriculum vitae, transcripts of relevant degrees, teaching and administrative experience, and a list of names/addresses/phone/position titles of three current professional references. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individuals serving as references to:

SMFT Search Committee Chair
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
ATTN: Dr. Lin Shi
Phone: 815-753-6349

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