Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling - Saint Mary's College-California in Moraga California

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Saint Mary’s College invites applications and nominations for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department in the College’s Kalmanovitz School of Education beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. The work is collegial in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse campus environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated, and expressed through its Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts traditions.

The Kalmanovitz School of Education is a student-centered learning community that inspires innovation in counseling, education, and leadership. Through the practice of shared inquiry, active and collaborative learning, and learning through service to society, we empower our students to deliver excellence and lead change according to the principles of social justice. The school is known for partnerships emphasizing community engagement, action research, and community-based research, and it is developing demonstrable strength in environmental literacy, Lasallian education, and urban education.

The Counseling Department offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with seven specializations:  Career Counseling, College Student Services, General, Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Clinical Counseling, College Student Services/Professional Clinical Counseling, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Students may complete more than one specialization by taking additional courses and completing all required field placement experiences.

The Counseling Department provides a supportive learning environment that fosters students’ personal growth and wellness, as well as professional development as counselors. Faculty members are committed to a holistic, multicultural approach to counseling, emphasizing the systemic interconnection among the psychological, physical, spiritual, and socio-cultural dimensions of our lives. Ultimately, students integrate academic knowledge and clinical experience with their own quality of being to become authentic, competent helping professionals.

The Counseling Department is a year-round program, with a 14-15 week fall semester, 5 week January Term, 14-15 week spring semester, and a 6-8 week summer term. Full-time faculty members are assigned courses during the traditional 9 month academic year with summer term courses taught primarily by part-time faculty. To meet the needs of professional working adults, classes are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, with some Saturday courses/sessions.


  • Teach a variety of graduate counseling courses, including foundational core courses and advanced specialization courses. The Assistant Professor may be assigned by the Department Chair to participate in other teaching-related activities equivalent to 18 semester units in an academic year.  
  • Work collegially and actively with other Counseling Department faculty on program/curriculum evaluation, assessment, development, and other projects and tasks, along with assessment and student evaluation in terms of Counseling Department Competencies, State of California CTC standards and BBS educational requirements, and WASC requirements.
  • Assist the Department Chair and other counseling department faculty in meeting California accreditation standards for Pupil Personnel Services Credentials in School Counseling and School Psychology and/or the Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT/LPCC).
  • Serve as advisor to assigned students. Post and hold a minimum of four office hours per week to accommodate the schedules of students and advisees.
  • Participate in department and Kalmanovitz School of Education activities, meetings, and committees.
  • Serve on College committees, and attend general Academic Senate meetings, Commencements, and other special convocations or College events, when possible.
  • Perform instruction substitution for faculty colleagues.
  • Participate in student admissions interviews and decision-making.
  • Engage in scholarly and professional activities, along with attending conferences, workshops, and meetings consistent with professional and scholarly development.
  • Develop effective and collaborative relationships within the program, school, and with other areas of the College. 

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in counseling, clinical or counseling psychology, counselor education, marriage and family therapy, or a closely related discipline, by December 31, 2014.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years full-time experience (or the equivalent) working as a psychotherapist or counselor (LMFT or LPCC preferred).
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to student-centered learning and holistic and humanistic counseling and education.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to rigorous graduate level teaching and counselor education and training.  Ability to teach foundational core courses and advanced specialization courses.
  • Experience teaching in one or both of the following specializations (highly desirable): Community mental health, clinical counseling, and/or couples and family therapy.
  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn relevant state and national standards that pertain to counseling specialization(s) [e.g., California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Pupil Personnel Services credentials), Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT & LPCC), CAMFT/CALPCC, AAMFT, ACA, NBCC, ASCA, NASP].  
  • Demonstrate commitment to diverse multicultural populations and to social justice. At least 2 years of experience working effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse students in k-12, higher education, psychotherapy/counseling, or social service delivery setting.
  • Evidence of research trajectory and scholarly activity in the field, along with a commitment to scholarship and professional activity at state, national, and international levels. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and deep respect for the learning/teaching environment and for the students, staff, and faculty who comprise it. Willingness to embrace the mission of Saint Mary’s College of California and its Lasallian, Catholic, and Liberal Arts traditions.  

Salary Information

Depends on Qualifications


Application InstructionsPlease apply on-line at http://jobs.stmarys-ca.edu.1) Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College. 2) Apply online. A completed application includes a letter of interest addressing qualifications relative to the responsibilities described above, current curriculum vita, course syllabi, most recent teaching evaluations, if available, and the name and contact information for three (3) professional or academic references; references from persons who have direct observation of the candidate’s clinical and/or teaching experiences are highly desirable. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the College will contact references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.  Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry. For further information contact Dr. Suzy Thomas, Counseling Department Chair at: sthomas@stmarys-ca.edu DeadlineConsideration and review of applications will begin immediately and continue until October 1, 2014. Applications, nominations and inquiries will be held in strictest confidence.In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.Saint Mary’s College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal

Keyword Phrases

  • Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • committed to the educational benefits of diversity
  • Psychology
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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