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Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC)

The Department Chair for Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC) in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the Associate or Full Professor level. This is a 9-month contract position with administrative duties during the entire fiscal year. Appointment begins July 1, 2018.

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling has 4 graduate degree programs: College Student Development, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Professional School Counseling programs along with 3 graduate certificate programs; Addictions Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapy and Systemic Multicultural Counseling. The HPC Department has 16 full-time faculty members and 175 graduate students. HPC’s website is

Position Summary:  Departments are integrally related to their colleges and to the University; they are also separate units with viable and justifiable functions of their own. Therefore, a given department must be well organized in order to function properly within the academic community and within its own special commitment. The chair will serve as the primary advocate for the department on the college, university, state, and international level. In addition, the chair will teach one course per semester. The full job description can be reviewed in the faculty handbook, section 2.8, pages 21 and 22 at 

Qualified applicants must:

●Hold a doctoral degree in either Counseling/Counselor Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, Higher Education Leadership or related fields;

●Have a record of demonstrated leadership experience in one of the above disciplines;

●Have a record of exemplary teaching, evidence of strong scholarship, and service;  

●Have experience with external funding;

●Possess effective interpersonal and collaborative management skills; 

●Possess prior administration experience with budgeting, personnel, program evaluation, facilities management, and scheduling; 

●Possess leadership experience with Tenure and Promotion Committees and protocols;

●Possess knowledge of Student Affairs and co-curricular services in higher education;

●Possess experience with diversity/social justice issues.      

 Special Consideration to Applicants with the following skills:

●Demonstrated value of diversity/ inclusion;

●Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or Licensed School Counselor;

●Record of securing and supporting grants;

●Experience providing supervision of master’s level counseling/therapist students engaging in individual, family and group counseling;

●Experience with editorial board/s;

●Evidence of contribution/leadership with professional associations;

●Experience working in a school, clinical or student affairs setting;

●Experience with mental health licensure boards. 

Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University offers one of the largest undergraduate teaching preparation programs in North Carolina. The college is comprised of five departments (Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership and Educational Studies, Reading Education & Special Education, Human Development & Psychological Counseling and Family & Child Studies) and enrolls approximately 2,400 students in the bachelor's, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. Appalachian State University is located in Boone, North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina system with an enrollment of approximately 19,000 students. 

Application:  Interested candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the required qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for five professional references familiar with the qualifications of the candidate. Application packages must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Meredith Kitson, Please put HPC Chair Search in the subject line. The initial review of complete applications will begin December 4, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to candidates that meet the December 4, 2017 deadline.

Appalachian State University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Dr. Christina Rosen at or (828)-262-7858.

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.