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Assistant Professor of Practice, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Assistant Professor of Practice, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Posted: April 11, 2023
Position Code: 866

Position Overview

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program in the Department of Psychology invites applications for a non-tenure-track, open-ended term, Assistant Professor of Practice starting in Academic Year 2023-24. The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in teaching a range of courses in the counseling discipline including but not limited to research and evaluation, evaluation and treatment of addictions, psychological assessment, and/or career and college counseling.

Position Summary

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program at Merrimack College in the Psychology Department invites applications for a non-tenure-track, open-ended, Assistant Professor of Practice, 9-month position beginning fall 2023. An earned doctorate in Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology or a closely related field is required.

As an Assistant Professor of Practice (open-ended, NTT), the successful candidate will be responsible for providing formal classroom instruction in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with primary duties being effective delivery of instructional material and course management (e.g., assessments, grading, etc.), advising and mentoring of graduate students, and involvement in CMHC programmatic tasks. The successful candidate should demonstrate the experience or ability to teach a range of courses in the counseling discipline including but not limited to: Research and Evaluation, Evaluation & Treatment of Addictions, Psychological Assessment, and/or Career & College Counseling. CMHC courses are taught in the evening after 4:00 pm.

Primary Responsibilities:

The NTT faculty would teach a 12-credit/contact hours per semester during the academic year in addition to advising and mentoring students and completing CMHC programmatic tasks which would meet the required typically four course sections per semester. Courses taught during the 6-week Summer I session may be counted within overall teaching load during the academic year.


The candidate should meet the following qualifications: (a) An earned doctorate (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in Counseling, Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology or a related doctoral degree is required, (b) at least 1 year of experience teaching (preferably graduate courses), (c) experience in clinical supervision and training, (d) and demonstrated commitment to infusing multicultural content and social justice principles in curriculum and training are highly preferred. It is preferred that the candidate is license eligible or holds licensure as a mental health counselor and/or a psychologist in the state of Massachusetts, in the New England region, or transferrable to the area with a minimum of 3 years of clinical practice experience in the field. Strong verbal/written communication skills are essential. Additionally, the ability to foster an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion is expected of all Merrimack community members.

About the Clinical Mental Health Program (On Campus and Online)

Aligned with the mission of Merrimack College, the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) represents a dynamic, innovative, and growth-oriented training program with a commitment to the principles and values of diversity, equity, social justice, advocacy and community engagement. Our on-campus and online CMHC programs maintain high-touch engagement and connectedness to meet the needs of graduate students as we prepare them to  deliver quality care to culturally diverse clients, using strengths-oriented and evidenced based interventions. Our graduates are trained to meet the growing demand for mental health counseling in a number of different settings, including outpatient centers, hospitals, colleges, human resource departments, substance abuse treatment centers, non-profits, and government agencies. With the burgeoning tele-counseling mental health landscape, our CMHC program enables students to fulfill the education and degree requirements to apply for licensure primarily in Massachusetts, the New England region (e.g., NH, ME, VT, CT, and RI) and beyond.

About the School of Liberal Arts

The study of liberal arts is at the heart of Merrimack’s curriculum. The School of Liberal Arts encompasses the humanities and social sciences, each of which include a range of disciplines distinguished by their focus of inquiry and by their perspectives and methodologies. Students may choose from a wide variety of major and minor programs available through the school’s 13 departments. The School also offers master’s programs in communication, public affairs, clinical mental health counseling, spiritual direction, and spirituality.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with full consideration granted to those applications received by October 19, 2022. Subsequent review will continue on a rolling basis until qualified/suitable candidates are identified. Application materials should include the following:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Teaching Statement

  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations:

This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on- campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The College’s 260-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.