Assistant or Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling



Job description

Requisition: F1800394

Review Date: 11/01/2018

Job Category: Faculty

Department: Special Education & Rehabilitation

College/Unit: E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs

Location: Logan Campus

Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:


The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation is seeking outstanding candidates to fill a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

This is a full-time 9-month academic year position with the opportunity for summer employment dependent on the availability of funds. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2019.


Serve as a member of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation faculty; this entails:

  1. Developing an active line of research and publication,
  2. Teaching on-campus and distance graduate classes in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Master’s program and the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program,
  3. Advising and mentoring graduate students,
  4. Participating in department and university program development and committees,
  5. Collaborating with other department faculty in writing grants for extramural funding,
  6. Publication in refereed journals.

Dept/College Highlights:


The Rehabilitation Counseling Education Program at Utah State University is ranked 10th in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Graduates are prepared as rehabilitation counseling professionals who work with individuals with disabilities and their families. The program includes both on-campus and distance education components; the distance component is a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous courses delivered via web broadcasting over the internet. Over the last six years, the total enrollment has ranged from 110 and 120 students. Ninety-five percent of our graduates pass the CRC examination on the first attempt and are hired in rehabilitation counselor positions. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2019. Student scholarships are sponsored by grants from the Rehabilitation Services.

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation administers a doctoral program in Disability Disciplines with specializations in (a) rehabilitation counseling, (b) special education, (c) applied behavior analysis, (d) speech/language pathology, (e) audiology, (f) pathokinesiology, and (g) disabilities studies.  The program focuses on preparing doctoral level leadership personnel who can thrive in university faculty roles. All students conduct and publish research, complete systematic literature reviews, present at conferences, teach courses and supervise students, and write grants.

Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation is located in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The department offers programs in Rehabilitation Counseling (Master’s), Special Education (Undergraduate, Master’s, Alternative Teacher Preparation), and the Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines. Faculty value a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the inclusion of people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Faculty have the opportunity to work with numerous state rehabilitation organizations, and on-campus programs such as: the Center for Persons with Disabilities (a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), numerous grant-funded projects, the Utah Assistive Technology Program, the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE), Autism Support Services – Education Research, and Training (ASSERT), Project PEER (a post-secondary, university-based transition program for young adults with disabilities), and the Edith Bowen Laboratory School.

Students and faculty engage in clinical services and intervention research through the EmployAbility Clinic (which provides employment services to individuals with disabilities in the community) and the Aggies Elevated program (an on-campus residential post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Additionally, faculty have access to the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence (100,000 square foot clinical services building that houses close to 30 different human services programs and clinics).

The College and University

Utah State University (USU), a land-grant university, is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with “high research activity.” It is in the top 3% of higher education institutions in the country. Enrollment (undergraduate and graduate students) exceeds 27,000.  There are 41 schools and departments in eight academic colleges and a School of Graduate Studies that offers 38 doctoral degrees and 96 master’s degrees. USU has a national and international reputation for its academic programs in education, agricultural, aerospace-engineering, and natural resources.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 26th in the nation by US News and World Report (2017), and 6th nationally in external funding with more than $46 million in external grants and contracts. It is one of the largest colleges of education in the nation, with seven departments, an elementary laboratory school, over 120 tenure-track faculty, and hundreds of research-supported employees. USU is especially well known for disability-related research and development that reflects work within several academic departments and the Center for Persons with Disabilities.


Northern Utah consists of mountains and rolling hills in a relatively arid environment. The campus is located in Logan, Utah and situated near the mouth of Logan Canyon at an elevation of 4,700 feet surrounded by 10,000-foot peaks. One mountain range rises almost a mile above the east edge of campus. See

Within minutes of campus are mountain glades, clear mountain streams, picnic areas and campgrounds, and verdant meadows with carpets of wildflowers. A major downhill ski area, Beaver Mountain, is 26 miles from campus and world-renowned ski areas are within 2 hours of Logan. Northern Utah boasts fly fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and many other opportunities. Bear Lake (a large, multiuse recreational lake on the Utah / Idaho border) is just 40 miles away through Logan Canyon. Utah has five national parks and numerous state parks.  Salt Lake City and surrounding cities (over 1 million in population) are 80 miles away.

Logan and surrounding Cache Valley have slightly more than 100,000 residents. Logan is a college town – there is a strong feel of support for students, athletics, and the vibrancy of campus life.  Crime rate is very low. Cost of living is below average. School quality is above average.


Minimum Qualifications

All Ranks (Assistant and Associate Professor)

  1. Doctorate (ABD may be considered) in Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling Education or closely related field (e.g., Counselor Education and Supervision).
  2. Certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), or CRC-eligible.
  3. Eligibility for licensure within the State of Utah as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (LVRC), and/or Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC).
  4. Experience working with people with disabilities.
  5. Experience providing competitive, integrated employment services to individuals with disabilities,
  6. A history of positive working relationships with interdisciplinary professionals and faculty.
  7. Evidence of the potential to be a productive scholar and researcher.
  8. Evidence of the potential to be an excellent college-level teacher.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Associate Professor Rank

  1. Established record of excellence in teaching and mentoring in rehabilitation counseling education programs.
  2. Established record of effectiveness in research and service related to rehabilitation counseling.

 Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more of the following qualifications:

  1. Experience in mental health counseling services,
  2. Experience in transition services for youth and students with disabilities,
  3. Experience working with people with substance abuse and/or other addictions.
  4. Experience supervising practicum and internship students,
  5. Record of successful grant writing in support of rehabilitation counseling education programs.
  6. Strong research skills (quantitative or qualitative),
  7. Technology-enhanced college teaching and electronic distance education (both synchronous and asynchronous modalities),
  8. Expertise in multicultural research and clinical competencies,
  9. Experience working with veterans and military personnel with disabilities,
  10. Experience working with private rehabilitation systems and structures.

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package

Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

Advertised Salary: Salary is competitive based on qualifications. An excellent fringe benefit package is provided that includes medical and disability insurance and retirement benefits that amount to approximately one third of the salary.

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses

Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details; seeing activities near and far),Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):

ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.

ADA Math Requirements:
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.

ADA Communication Requirements – Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.

ADA Comm Requirements – Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.

How to apply

Apply online

Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Writing Samples

Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
Along with the online application please attach:
1. A letter of application that specifically addresses your qualifications for this position,
2. A current vita,
3. An example of scholarly writing, and
4. A list of names and contact information of three professional references. – collected during the application process. Your references will be sent an email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf
5. If available, copies of course evaluations. – Select Optional Document 1 document type

Additional information or questions concerning the position can be sent to: Dr. Bryce Fifield, Chair, Search Committee, 435.797.2381,

In 1888, the Agricultural College of Utah was founded as the state's land-grant institution. It became Utah State University in 1957. Throughout time, USU has remained true to its roots as an institution dedicated to the land and its people