Professor of Counseling

Johnson University invites applications for a Professor of Counseling in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The position is full-time, to begin July 1, 2022, and replaces a retiring core faculty member of 22 years. Interested persons should submit materials via email to or via postal service to the address below:

Kristel Headley, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Johnson University
Box 180
7900 Johnson Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37998

Position: Full-time counseling faculty (12-month schedule)
Location: Johnson University, Knoxville, TN campus
Reports to: Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS)/Graduate Counseling Program Director

Job Summary

Housed in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS), the Graduate Counseling Program at Johnson University offers a CACREP-accredited master’s degree in counseling with concentrations in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Faculty and students are active participants in the American Counseling Association and other national, regional, and state organizations. We seek a person who can integrate the Christian faith with the counseling profession in an ethical, competent manner.

Faculty members can expect to teach 6 graduate classes per academic year, depending upon class enrollments and credit hours associated with each course. Courses are taught in 8- and 16-week formats using hybrid instructional methods. Salary for the position is commensurate with qualifications and includes a full University benefits package.

Job Responsibilities

  • Instruct and facilitate meaningful learning of graduate course material.
  • Use innovative learning strategies and effectively integrate technology into the learning experience.
  • Conduct assessments of student learning outcomes and provide accurate/timely assessment data to the SSBS Assessment Coordinator and Graduate Program Director.
  • Provide timely feedback/grades to students and Registrar.
  • Maintain appropriate office hours during the academic year.
  • Group and or individual/triadic supervision of practicum students and interns, including live supervision.
  • Clinical oversight and/or involvement in the Johnson University Counseling Center.

School Responsibilities

  • Participate in GCP and SSBS faculty meetings.
  • Participate in school projects/tasks (e.g. faculty hiring process, curriculum review and oversight, accreditation-related activities).
  • Actively participate in marketing of the program as well as forming partnerships with colleagues and students where appropriate.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Attend University faculty meetings.
  • Actively participate in the University community life.
  • The final candidate should be prepared to respond in a signed statement of their support of JU’s faculty community covenant, faculty handbook, JU mission/values, JU statement of faith, and the SSBS mission statement (available upon request).

Key Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in counselor education from a regionally accredited institution (or have related doctoral degrees and have been employed as full-time faculty members in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013). Will consider ABD if a clear timeline for completion is in place.
  • Demonstrated service to the profession and the broader community through local, regional, and national affiliations, with evidence of scholarship through presentations and/or publications.
  • Able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Support the mission of Johnson University and act in accordance with Johnson University’s stated values; able to sign and live in accordance with the Faculty Community Covenant.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.
  • Proficient with the use of standard office and Internet applications on personal computers.
  • Able to become proficient using the Sakai learning management platform.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants must be licensed or license-eligible as professional counselors (LPC-MHSP) or school counselors. Experience in mental health or school counseling as well as university teaching is required. Evidence of scholarly and professional engagement or contribution desired. Priority will be given to candidates who possess licensure and experience as both Clinical Mental Health and School Counselors, and who possess supervision credentials (i.e. NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or equivalent).


The SSBS is committed to diversity among their students and faculty. Review of applications will begin immediately  and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants are invited to review the Johnson University website to learn more about the institution, and particularly the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • 3 Professional references
  • Unofficial graduate degree transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Personal Faith Statement (including statement of faith integration in counselor education)

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.