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POSITION:  Assistant/Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Development and General Education

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT: College of Human Sciences, Educational Studies and General Ed

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Dean of College of Human Sciences/Educational Studies; Program Dir. of COHD; Dean of General Ed


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION:  Abilene

TARGET HIRE DATE:  1/13/2020

Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 

SUMMARY/SCOPE: Conducts college or university courses for undergraduate or graduate students by performing the following duties.

The Department of Counseling and Human Development (COHD) offers a professionally oriented 60 graduate semester hour Master of Education degree program which prepares individuals for Texas LPC licensure, as well as counselor positions in a variety of settings such as community mental health agencies, drug rehabilitation facilities, related human service settings, private practice, and public or private schools, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The 60 hour program also offers a School Counselor Certification track for qualified student applicants. The program is committed to the enhancement of holistic wellness across the life span and to facilitating optimal development in all individuals. In addition to the 60 hour program, a 30 hour Master of Arts in Human Development is also offered.  The COHD program emphasizes therapeutic counseling as an important aspect of preparing professional counselors who are sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, couples, families, and communities by promoting the dignity, worth, potential, and well-being of all people. 


Teaches one or more subjects within prescribed curriculum.

Prepares and delivers lectures to students.

Compiles bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Stimulates class discussions.

Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.

Directs research of other teachers or graduate students working for advanced academic degrees.

Conducts research in particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals.

Performs related duties such as advising students on academic and vocational curricula, and acting as adviser to student organizations.

Serves on faculty committee providing professional consulting services to government and industry.

Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate courses. (Courses are offered Monday-Thursday 4:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.)

Supervision of Counseling Students/Interns as required by Licensing Boards.

Regular teaching load for a full-time faculty member is 12 semester hours per long semester. 

Summer teaching may be required and be as much as 6 hours for either Summer I or Summer II.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, mentoring, student advisement, recruiting, service to the university and community, and participating in departmental program assessment.

Professors are required to maintain regularly scheduled office hours for student accessibility.


This position does not have any supervisor responsibilities, except for student workers.

COMPETENCIES:  Intellectual, Interpersonal, Leadership, Organization and Self- Management. To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Cooperation - Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.

Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Payroll systems and Internet software.


Doctorate degree or ABD in Counselor Education & Supervision preferred, or related doctorate degree in a counseling-related field.

School Counselor certification/experience preferred, but not required.

Previous university/college teaching experience preferred, but not required.

Evidence of research-related experience.

Active membership in related professional organizations.

Evidence of teaching excellence and interpersonal communication skills.


Licensure as a Professional Counselor (with School Counselor Certificate and/or LPC-Supervisor preferred).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 


The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


This position is a full-time, exempt faculty position.

Travel may be required on occasion in order to attend training workshops.

Must have an maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

Some travel and irregular hours are required at times.

Office and classroom work; working with technology, travel for field experiences 

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service.  HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.