Director, MSCC Program

The College of Graduate and Extended Studies at Central Methodist University (CMU) is seeking candidates for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor to direct the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Program.  The opportunity for summer employment in teaching and administration is also available.  As director, the primary responsibility is to lead, develop, administer, and implement the Master in Clinical Counseling program. Teaching responsibilities include graduate courses in a variety of counseling courses.  The individual in this position will be located at the main CMU campus in Fayette, Missouri and will have oversight of the MSCC program at four locations across Missouri.


Program Administration:

  • Establish and maintain program requirements in conjunction with the Missouri state statutes and regulations for Licensed Professional Counselor preparation, Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Code of Ethics, the regulations of Central Methodist University, and the directions of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Provost of CMU.
  • Communicate significant professional changes and program expectations from professional organizations (ACA; National Board for Certified Counselors or NBCC; American Mental Health Counseling Association or AMHCC; Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association or MMHCA; American Counseling Association of Missouri or ACAM), state licensing authorities, and accreditation bodies (CACREP) to the Director of Graduate Studies/Provost and to MSCC staff/faculty/students.
  • Assure one faculty member in program is identified as the practicum and internship coordinator.  [See separate job description for practicum and internship coordinator]
  • Assure one faculty member at each site is identified as the program coordinator/advisor.
  • At sites where CMU has established a counseling center, assure one faculty      member is identified as the counseling center director.
  • Provide supervision of all faculty members.
  • Provide oversight of the administrative functions of all faculty members to include practicum and internship coordination, advisement, MSCC site-specific program coordination, and counseling clinic operations.
  • Schedule curriculum in coordination with site-specific program coordinators.
  • Liaison and coordinate with NBCC for student testing.

Program Development:

  • Attend and participate in professional organizations in order to stay current on professional trends.
  • Continually assess program to assure it is offering the right type and quality of instruction to students in accordance with professional standards.
  • Assure there is a systematic process, at least annually, for students, staff, faculty, and site supervisors to evaluate the program and to use those evaluations to inform program modifications.
  • Distribute official annual report to Director of Graduate Studies/Vice President with documents pertaining to the systematic program evaluation and resulting modifications.
  • Assure there is a process for the selection and requisition books for the clinical counseling program.
  • Coordinate faculty meetings and training workshops for professional academic development.
  • Lead or assign leaders for development projects (i.e., student counseling handbook, curriculum development, future learning opportunities).

Faculty Recruitment/Selection/Maintenance/Evaluation:

  • Collaborate with Regional Deans, CMU Public Affairs Office, Human Resources Office, Site-Specific Program Coordinators, and MSCC staff/faculty to find qualified faculty and facilitate employment with the MSCC program.
  • Assist in correspondence with candidates both verbally and in writing regarding selection status.
  • Lead faculty informational meetings with candidates and applicant interviews, representing the interests and  mission of MSCC and CMU.
  • Assist in decisions regarding faculty selection by reading candidate information profiles to determine proper match and by discussing qualifications of faculty candidates and making      recommendations regarding selection.
  • Liaison with home campus regarding issues of adjunct faculty pay and schedule.
  • Develop and implement a systematic evaluation process for MSCC faculty members.

Student Recruitment/Selection/ Advisement / Evaluation:

  • Collaborate with Regional Deans, the CGES Admissions Office, CMU Public Affairs Office, CMU Site Coordinators, and MSCC staff/faculty to find qualified students and facilitate their entry into the MSCC program.
  • Actively participate in student      recruitment through recruitment trips and meetings, interviewing      prospective students, telephoning and/or emailing prospective students and      reviewing candidate application materials.
  • Develop, maintain a selection committee to make recommendations for student admissions.
  • Develop and maintain a new-student orientation at the beginning of each AY.
  • Assure that each student has an advisor and that the advisor follows the advising guidelines.
  • Assure that MSCC program coordinators maintain student records including admission documents, transcripts from former schools, grades and thesis documentation.
  • Assure that MSCC program coordinators maintain class records for each cohort.
  • Assure that MSCC program maintains a faculty committee that meets at least once annually to conduct a systematic developmental assessment of each student's progress throughout the program.
  • Develop and update, as necessary, the criteria to assess the adequate academic, professional development, and personal development progress for students.
  • Develop, implement, and update, as necessary, a process of remediation of students deemed to be making      inadequate developmental progress and a process for transitioning students out of the program when deemed appropriate by the remediation committee.
  • Participate in graduation ceremonies.


  • In conjunction with the MSCC Program Coordinators, prepare AY course schedule budget recommendations by the end of the first week of January and submit to the CMU Director of Graduate Programs and the Provost.
  • By Feb 1st, submit General Budget Request to the CMU Director of Graduate Programs and the Provost for upcoming AY.
  • As needed, submit other budget requests to CMU Director of Graduate Programs and the Provost.


  • Teach, at a minimum, four courses per year. [This job description is for a 9-month position Assistant Professor, tenure-track position.  Any courses taught in the summer would be in addition to this 4 course minimum.]
  • Develop and maintain competence with distance learning technology.
  • Assure distance technology is available and working at all MSCC sites, and that there is at least one person at each site who is competent in explaining how to use the technology.


  • Set and maintain annual deadlines for review and revision of all written materials for the program (program section of CGES catalog, student handbook, CMU web-site information, application materials, and pamphlets).
  • Assist in development and maintenance of all written materials for the program.Co-editor of clinical counseling program newsletter and of Facebook page.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.



Preference will be given in the following order with # 1 being given the strongest preference.

1) Candidates with a Ph.D. in Counseling Education from a CACREP-accredited program.

2) Candidates with a Ph.D. in Counseling Education from a non-CACREP-accredited program or candidates with doctorates in closely-related areas (for instance: counseling or clinical psychology; social work, etc.) who have been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year prior to July 1, 2014.


A license (or eligibility) to practice independently as a mental health provider in Missouri is required.

Eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri is preferred.

Experience in teaching, counseling, and clinical supervision of counselors in training is preferred.

Candidates need to provide detailed information describing exceptional scholarly or creative activity, professional experience, certification(s) or license(s), special awards, or other noteworthy accomplishments that demonstrate why they are qualified to teach the particular course which they are applying to teach.  This information can be provided on a candidate's curriculum vitae.


Supervisory Relationships:

Report to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Physical Demands
Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and talk or hear.  Regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision.  Must lift, carry, and move a minimum of 10 pounds on an occasional basis.  Must have the ability to operate a personal computer and keyboard, printers, telephone, facsimile, and other office equipment.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should forward: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) teaching evaluations, (5) statement of research interests and relevant publications, and (6) at least three professional (former graduate faculty and clinical supervisors) letters of references.  Please mail application materials to MSCC Search Committee, Human Resources, Central Methodist University, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248.

Posting Date
-Application must be received by 01/15/2017 for priority consideration.
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date: 30 May 2016 preferred; 30 July 2016 acceptable.

Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, and resume to Human Resources at

CMU employees provide collegial, collaborative contributions to their areas and the University as a whole. They should stimulate a harmonious, productive and inviting work environment that is customer service oriented. Each must maintain a commitment to the mission and purposes of Central Methodist University.

Central Methodist University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Posted November 30, 2016