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Program Chair and (Open Rank) Professor, Illinois M.S. Counseling Program

Wheeling, IL, USA

How to Apply

Procedure for Candidacy

Please Apply Online at:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants that apply by December 15, 2020 will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV and cover letter.

National Louis University invites applicants for the Chair of the Counseling Program in Illinois. This is a full-time, twelve-month, administrative faculty position in the professional-practice track and it can be based out of our Chicago or Wheeling campuses. The position carries administrative and teaching responsibilities. The rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s credentials and experience.

The chair of the counseling program in Illinois will lead a CACREP accredited program and serve as the program representative to a range of internal and external stakeholders. The program is offered using multiple instructional modalities and offered at multiple locations in the Chicago area. The Program Chair, in partnership with the Dean and the Provost will enact the university’s strategic plan and set the vision for the Illinois counseling program(s). The chair will work in close collaboration with the Florida counseling programs to achieve academic excellence, curriculum alignment and operational efficiency.

The Program Chair will lead and champion the program and will manage the planning and the various administrative tasks. She/he will partner with enrollment to recruit students, oversee student success, lead accreditation and assessment, build strong partnerships with the community and manage faculty hiring, mentoring and evaluation.

National Louis is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. We are seeking applicants that reflect the diversity of the University’s student body, the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Applicants who have experience working with diverse faculty, staff and students and who contributed to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. The counseling program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and promoting working and learning environments that are diverse, inclusive and equitable.

In compliance with CACREP standards (2016), the program director must also be willing to commit to:
“(1) sustained memberships in professional counseling organizations, (2) maintenance of certifications and/or licenses related to their counseling specialty area(s), and (3) show continued evidence of sustained (a) professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, (b) professional service and advocacy in counseling, and research and scholarly activity in counseling commensurate with their faculty role.” (section 3, para 2).

About NLU
National Louis University (NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to address tomorrow’s challenges in the context of increasing global urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 + programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and Information Technology. The University serves over 9,700 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus based, blended and online programming.

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral level. NLU is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). Graduates from NLU enter the workforce earning an estimated $43,000 per year after graduation, ranking NLU among the top five of all Illinois post-secondary schools. The University has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher preparation. NLU recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.

NLU is located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.

Areas of Responsibility: 

• Work collaboratively with the Dean, the college programs and NLU Florida Counseling Programs.
• Provide curricular oversight to ensure program compliance with CACREP standards and other regulatory requirements.
• Lead the program assessment process and conduct periodic program review.
• Manage departmental offerings to meet student needs to progress in the program, efficient scheduling and program compliance.
• Support various instructional modalities.
• Collaborate with the dean to prepare program budget and manage the program expenditures.
• Support faculty’s effort to seek external funding and manage grants.
• Manage the program special facilities (labs) and technical equipment.
• Partner with the enrollment team to prepare program material, present at open houses and support meeting enrollment goals.
• Be a student advocate and work with student success team to ensure exceptional students experience. Respond to their concerns and petitions.
• Ensure academic rigor and the highest quality of training to students. Monitor student progress, retention and graduation rates, as well as successful licensure and employment rates.
• Lead faculty hiring, development and evaluation.
• Manage the administrative responsibilities for the program, supervise and evaluate support staff.
• Manage faculty-teaching loads, advising and service activities to ensure equity, efficiency and transparency.
• Contribute to and support scholarship, professional practice and community engagement.
• Work effectively with external advisory board to strengthen the program and align student training with employment needs.
• Ensure that faculty are fully engaged in program and college activities.
• Other duties as assigned.

Educational Background: 
Doctoral Degree Required

• Record of teaching excellence and achievements in service, scholarship and professional practice
• Evidence of effective supervision competencies
• Appropriate professional memberships
• Evidence of professionalism in working with diverse populations
• Commitment to experientially based education
• Evidence of knowledge and experience teaching online courses and using technology in teaching
• Must meet CACREP Core Faculty standards through an earned research or practitioner doctorate (PhD or EdD) in Counselor Education and Supervision or closely related field (from a CACREP-accredited program) required
• Current licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and/or Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Counselor endorsement in Illinois. Candidates who hold both credentials are especially encouraged to apply
• Minimum of five years of experience in clinical mental health counseling and or/school counseling


Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to teach in two or more of the eight (8) CACREP areas
• Experience in CACREP re-accreditation process and/or CACREP accredited program administration

How to Apply: 

Procedure for Candidacy

Please Apply Online at:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants that apply by December 15, 2020 will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV and cover letter.

Additional Information: 

Required Documents:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Transcript A
Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:
Research Statement
Course Evaluations
Transcript B
Transcript C
Sample Syllabus
Letter of Recommendation 1

Organization Info

National Louis University

Wheeling, IL
501-1000 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of inclusivity, innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more “student ready” so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.

Why Work For Us?: 

National Louis University is a private, non-profit, independent institution serving a diverse population of approximately 8,000 students from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level. As one of the nation's most innovative institutions of higher education, NLU prepares leaders — predominantly adult learners — to address tomorrow's challenges in the context of increasing globalization. We are always looking for those who share our mission in providing quality higher education through teaching, scholarship, community engagement and service excellence. Join our team of faculty and staff and help us create opportunities for our students.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 6 2020
Active Until: 
Dec 6 2020
Hiring Organization: 
National Louis University