Assistant Professor, School Counseling

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

Job description

Posting Number: 0004700
Position Type: Faculty
Department: Child and Family Studies


Job Summary:
The Department of Child and Family Studies seeks a nine-month, tenure track faculty at the assistant professor level to begin August 2018.

The School Counseling master’s program focuses on the integration of theory, research and experiential learning. We build on a foundation of counselor-first identity, building comprehensive school counseling programs with an emphasis on school counselor leadership, critical thinking skills, and the connection between research and practice. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to promote academic and social/emotional success. Our students are trained to serve as effective advocates for Pre-K-12 students and their families. The program offers a hybrid of online coursework with on-campus residency.

The Department of Child and Family Studies undergraduate program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This program is offered in both face-to-face and online formats on the Hattiesburg campus and the Gulf Park campus. In addition to the School Counseling program, the department has two other graduate programs, a fully online master’s degree in Child and Family Studies, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The department also houses the University Clinic for Family Therapy and the Centers for Child Development (Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast) which serve as training laboratories for our students and research centers for faculty and students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include the following:

  1. Excellent online, hybrid, and face-to-face teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels
  2. Supervise, advise, mentor, recruit, and retain students
  3. Maintain an active research program, seek external funding, and have the potential for collaborative scholarly activity
  4. Assist in program development
  5. Provide service to the program, department, college, university and community

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A doctorate in Counselor Education from a CACREP-accredited program or have a related doctoral degree and have been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013.
  2. Evidence of strong written, oral, and computer-mediated communication skills.
  3. Evidence of potential for success as an effective instructor and researcher.
  4. Evidence of ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty and students, including those from diverse and/or underserved backgrounds.
  5. Licensed or license-eligible as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching, particularly online instruction, at the post-secondary level.
  2. Experience with the CACREP accreditation process and/or maintaining CACREP accreditation.
  3. Established research productivity.
  4. Experience mentoring student research.
  5. Documented success in securing external funding.
  6. Licensed or license-eligible as a School Counselor in Mississippi.
  7. Experience working as a school counselor.

Work Hours:
Will vary depending upon teaching schedules and office hours.

Additional University/Departmental Information:
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

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As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. In just 100 years, we’ve grown from a small teachers’ college into a premier research university that is a haven for the arts with a tradition of success in both academics and athletics. Southern Miss has a diverse student body of approximately 17,000 students from 56 different countries, all 50 states and every corner of Mississippi. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six degree-granting colleges with more than 180 degree programs. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to six teaching and research sites in Mississippi.