University of Puget Sound

Clinical Instructor – Master of Education in Counseling
Job ID: 7591
Location: School of Education
Full/Part Time:  

Faculty Posting Details

School of Education, Master of Education in Counseling Program; non-tenure line Clinical Instructor position to begin in Fall 2024, with the option to begin in Summer 2024, if available. This is a 12-month position.

Engage with community partners to facilitate clinical placement assignments for practicum and internships in K-12 schools and clinical mental health settings. Provide group and individual supervision for counseling candidates engaged in their clinical experience requirements. Teach one or more clinical courses (Practicum, Internship) each term as well as occasional other courses. Maintain strong partnerships with clinical site partners, building professional relationships and communicating actively with site supervisors and other personnel at clinical sites. Establish new clinical site contracts as needed. Coordinate events related to student development and clinical placement. Participate in a small, highly committed faculty engaging in collaborative work on program and curriculum development. Work collaboratively with faculty and site partners to support the growth of M.Ed students and resolve issues related to candidates'growth in academics, skills development, and professional dispositions and behavior. Provide oversight and evaluation of student clinical placements.


  • Master's degree in counseling
  • A minimum of 5 years of post-graduate counseling experience; current independent licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) or certification as an ESA School Counselor
  • An understanding of working with diverse populations
  • Commitment to and experience enacting culturally responsive and antiracist counseling practices
  • Experience providing supervision for counselors or counselors-in-training desired
  • Experience and/or training in online curriculum design and delivery is preferred

Application Deadline:
Review of applications begins March 31, 2024.

Required Documents:

  • Resume or Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching Statement
  • Teaching evaluations for past higher education courses taught
  • Equity and Inclusion statement (see details below)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application.

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit a resume. Additional documents can be attached to the application.

Applicant's Equity and Inclusion Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective counseling, learning, and working environment for all. In the candidate's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our ongoing commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at https://www.pugetsound.edu/equity-diversity-puget-sound/threshold-2022-cultivating-culture-inclusive-excellence prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways candidates can express their qualifications:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education;
  • Infusion of equity and inclusion pedagogies into teaching and supervision;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving teaching or mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural responsiveness increases one's effectiveness as a counselor, educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:
Rank: Clinical Instructor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Faculty salaries at the University of Puget Sound are based on a common salary scale based on experience. Instructor salaries in 2023-2024 begin at $57,063 annually for a level 1 in their first year of full-time post-graduate teaching through $93,374 for a level 17 with 25 or more years of full-time post-graduate teaching. '

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible faculty members, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
  • Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
  • Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures) and more!
  • For more information on Puget Sound's faculty benefits package, visit: 2024 Benefits for Faculty Members.pdf (pugetsound.edu)
    For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/human-resources

About the MEd Program:
The Master of Education in Counseling program at the University of Puget Sound offers two CACREP-accredited specialty areas: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. MEd candidates are placed in local public schools and mental health agencies for practicum and internship. Supervision is provided by core and affiliate faculty. MEd faculty collaborate closely on ongoing curriculum and program development to train reflective, collaborative, and social justice counselors. The MEd program intends to launch a hybrid online program that will parallel our existing fully in-person cohort model in the near future. More information about the program is located on the program website: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/master-education-counseling

About the School of Education:
The School of Education offers three programs: Master of Education in Counseling program, a Master of Arts in Teaching program, and a minor in Education Studies. Students experience sustained clinical experiences in local public schools, mental health agencies, and/or community centers. Students actively pursue culturally responsive practice and contribute collaboratively to the ongoing work of equity.

About the University of Puget Sound:
About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities. Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State.

Diversity Statement:

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the
    intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection
    upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus
    community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity
    in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all
    members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational
    opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity,
    thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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