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Position title:Associate Dean - College of Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP)

Application deadline:Review of applications begins August 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Saint Martin's University,located in the Pacific Northwest, near Olympia (Washington's State Capital), within easy driving distance of Seattle, Mount Rainier, and Pacific Ocean beaches. Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s students learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others through the interaction of faith, reason, and service. The University honors both the sacredness of the individual and the significance of community in the ongoing journey of becoming. The College of Education and Counseling Psychology’s Conceptual Framework is oriented to develop the Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions needed for teachers, counselors and administrators.

The College of Education and Counseling Psychology offers programs leading to certification as a teacher in Washington at the bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate certification only, and master’s levels, with endorsements offered in 24 subject areas. At the graduate level, in addition to teaching specialties, masters and post master’s programs are offered in school counseling, school administration, and counseling psychology.

This is a 1.0 FTE 12 month administrative position with a .25 re-assigned time for each fall and spring semesters; reassigned duties involve teaching a course in each of these terms.

The successful appointee must be currently tenured, or tenure-eligible in the College at Saint Martin’s; previously tenured candidates appointed to this position will be placed on an accelerated tenure schedule. Once tenured, the appointee will retain retreat rights in keeping with policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook and Bylaws.

The position includes faculty tenure track status at the Assistant Professor level (rank may be negotiable for experienced candidates) to begin Fall Semester 2014 (start date may be negotiable). This position presents interested and qualified applicants an opportunity to join thriving and nurturing education and counseling programs. Candidates who add to the diversity of the existing faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position description

One associate dean administrative position with faculty tenure track is being filled. Primary responsibilities will include administrative duties in the College of Education and Counseling Psychology and teaching in one or both of the following areas: educational foundations and/or educational research.

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the College. Working in consultation with the Dean, Department Chairs, Graduate Directors, and other faculty, the Associate Dean assists the Dean in administrative functions, including budgeting, course scheduling, adjunct recruitment / hiring / evaluation, program development, data analyses, assessment, and accreditation.

The Associate Dean’s responsibilities include acting on behalf of the Dean in the Dean’s absence, representing the Dean on University committees, and assisting the Dean in ensuring that the College is responsive to the needs for candidates in teacher, counselor, and administrator programs.

In conjunction with the Dean, Chairs, and program directors, the Associate Dean provides leadership and coordination of: 1) faculty and staff hiring and recruitment efforts; 2) course scheduling; 3) program budgeting; 4) program approval and accreditation efforts (e.g., WA-PESB; TEAC/CAEP; COAMFTE); 5) data analyses for assessment and accreditation reports; 6) recruitment and retention efforts throughout the college; and 7) other responsibilities as determined by the Dean.

Administrative responsibilities include main campus and extension campuses 30 minutes from the main campus. Opportunities exist for experiences in alternative route programs, summer programs, and international programs.



  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in administrative functions in higher education
  • Experience in research and data analyses
  • Specialization in educational foundations, educational research, educational leadership, or counseling
  • Willingness to establish a focus of scholarly work, and service to the university and community
  • Successful clearance of a criminal history background check

We are looking for a leader with a commitment to quality educator/counselor preparation, who shares in our commitment to social justice and to providing a caring, collaborative team focused on high quality instruction. Candidates must be supportive of a Catholic Benedictine mission. Selected applicants must provide evidence of eligibility to work in the United States upon being offered a position with SMU.

Desired:In addition to the required qualifications, preference may be given to the following:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ P-12 school experience with either an elementary or secondary focus or 3 years’ experience with clinicians (MHC, MFT, Psychologists)
  • Awareness of trends in educational reform in Washington State
  • Experience directing theses and/or dissertations
  • Team teaching and/or online teaching experience
  • Experience in program approval/accreditation efforts
  • Evidence of working with respective state and professional agencies
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations

Salary: Commensurate with rank, experience and qualifications.

Application procedures: Send letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for the selected individual), three current letters of reference specifically addressing the position description, and names and phone numbers of three additional references who know of your teaching and work in P-12 and Higher Education.

As part of our recruiting and hiring process, Saint Martin's University requires candidates to review the university’s mission statement and values. If selected for an interview, each candidate must write a brief statement which highlights how the candidate’s work will contribute to the mission and values of Saint Martin's University. To better understand the Catholic, Benedictine Values in an Educational Environment," we are providing a link to a well written article on the subject: http://www.osb.org/acad/benval1.html.

The University will require the candidates’ authorization to order a background check before any employment offer can be finalized. If you are contacted for an interview, please print the background check authorization form and bring it with you to the interview.

Send application materials to:

Ms. Bailey Craft
Executive Assistant to the Dean
College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Phone: (360)438-4333

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Associate Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.