Bethel College (Soon to be Bethel University) is seeking a Masters in Counseling Director/ Lead Faculty. The position will have a 2-course release load for serving as the CACREP coordinator. This is a full-time 12-month faculty contract starting Fall 2019.
Prepare and deliver lessons to graduate students within the prescribed curriculum with overt faith integration. Stimulate class discussions and facilitate learning in the on-ground or online classroom.
Assess student performance in accordance with College Assessment Practices.
Remain current in the field of mental health counseling, counselor education, and effective teaching techniques.
Maintain course teaching load each semester, teach blended format, face to face and online.
Will lead efforts to achieve CACREP accreditation and will assist with all CACREP accreditation processes and program development and maintenance.
Offer curriculum recommendations for all CACREP-related content and program evaluation and/or revision.
Support adherence to CACREP standards and policies.
Work with other Counseling faculty to pursue leads and to evaluate and review all program applications
Maintain an active Mental Health Counseling or Licensed Professional Counselor license.
Show evidence of advocacy/professional service, research or scholarly activities in counseling.
Support the integrity of the Bethel College mission and educational learning outcomes.
Support the mission, goals, and curriculum of the of school counselor education program.
Perform other duties as directed by the Faculty Chair/Director of Academic Programs for the College, centered on teaching, service, and scholarship.
Collaborate with other colleges as needed.
Candidates must possess a doctoral degree from a counselor education program, preferably from a CACREP accredited program.
Candidates must have a minimum of two to three years' experience working with CACREP accreditation and maintenance of CACREP standards.
Candidates must also be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPS) or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana (or be eligible to obtain the counseling license in the state of Indiana).
Candidates must give evidence of identification with the counseling profession through memberships, credentials, professional development, service, and scholarly activities.
Candidates must have good planning and organizational skills with the ability to anticipate potential problems or obstacles and the ability to resolve.
Candidates must demonstrate a passion for Christian higher education.
About Bethel College
The mission of Bethel College, in short, is to transform communities through Christ-centered graduates. Bethel is affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, and is a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.
Launched in 1947, Bethel is urban-situated in a region hosting 250,000 residents, seven colleges (including Notre Dame), the 2nd largest shopping district in the state of Indiana, 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and beautiful riverwalk developments in South Bend and Mishawaka. Resort venues on Lake Michigan are 45 minutes away. The college community is composed of 1,500 traditional and adult/graduate students from 35 states, 90 students born outside the U.S., and 225 full-time employees. Bethel also hosts more than 8,000 guests annually to her arts productions, 25,000 annually in conference services, and many thousands of community members in support of her 36 national athletic championships.
Outside organizations recognize Bethel's quality: she is ranked as a Top Tier Midwestern Colleg...e for 15 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, in the Top 100 of 4,500 colleges nationally for its commitment to character education, and by Washington Monthly is No. 2 in the nation for proportion of students engaged in community service, No. 2 of 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and No. 1 in 2015 for Top Christian Colleges Exceeding Expectations.
Bethel's 20,000 alumni occupy 49 states and 64 world areas, and enjoy a medical school acceptance rate double the national average, 100% job placement rate in Nursing whose program was ranked #7 in the United States, a Top 4% finish nationally in competitive math performance tests, and 100% pass rate every year on the national performance standard for a unique academic major in American Sign Language.
Alumni professional achievements include the No. 1 rated School Superintendent in Indiana, the No. 1 rated School Principal in Indiana, a Top 1% pediatric surgeon in North America, the former Executive Director of the largest Youth for Christ district in the nation, the Chaplain of Barak Obama's childhood school, the lead in "South Pacific" off Broadway in New York City, a laboratory director in sustainable energy, Lynne Hybels spouse and ministry partner of Bill, as founders of Willowcreek Church, MLB All-Star Team representative from the Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson, MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres Eric Stoltz, a senior Midwest manager for Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and among others the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Midwest Region, Don Clark.
Faculty accomplishments from Bethel include: an average of more than 100 scholarly presentations and performances each of the last five years, reaching every corner of the United States (CA, OR, NY, DC, GA, TX, etc.) and across the globe (e.g. Kenya, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, France, etc.), including elite sites such as Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Carnegie Hall. Academic disciplines are deepened by Bethel projects on suffering, shame, the logic of forgiveness, Islam, mentoring, culture shock, health care among the Amish, eating disorders, home births, monotone mathematical triangles, top predator conservation, adolescent readers, capitalism, gene segregation, Great Lakes fisheries, social-linguistic patterns among the LGBT deaf, deviance in American political allies, ecological imagination in American fiction, Russian education, Latino values and education, theater sound and stage design, leadership pressure, the ethics of a Library Bill of Rights, non-violent resistance, simulation learning in Nursing, Shakespeare, depression in cancer patients, race-based tension, art exhibits in every medium, choral and instrumental productions of great variety, and more.
During the past five years, Bethel saw the strongest series of financial ratios in 25 years (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), doubled the number of fully online students and saw surges in programs like Math-Engineering (+24%), Christian Ministries (+53%), Biology (+118%), Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy/Sport Management (+177%), and total Graduate Program increases of +47%. Students of color moved from 19% to 28% of the total population, with increases in their retention and graduation rates.
Traditional age students now rank mentoring as one of the most prominent traits of the environment, seen in part by a shift from 5 in 10 to 7 in 10 residential students voluntarily engaged in small group or one-on-one coaching by faculty-staff, and through alumni surveys showing very high faith-integration retention after their Bethel years (e.g. understanding Biblical texts, feeling equipped for the essential questions of life, strong critical thinking skills, etc.).
Recent facility upgrades include Academic Support Services Center, School of Nursing Simulation Lab, renewal of the largest lecture hall named for Brian & Paqui Kelly (Notre Dame head football coach), new entrances for the East campus and Athletic Park with three additional intramural fields, a new Softball stadium, and refreshed Weight Room, added a Kindergarten Lab School, refreshed Art Gallery, Acorn restaurant, Wi-Fi network and phone systems, and more.
Work culture at Bethel also thrives, now meeting or exceeding industry average scores on 47 of 55 variables annually tracked by Best Christian Workplaces, who surveys 15,000 workers in Christian organizations annually. The employee experience at Bethel now leads national norms, to a statistically significant difference, in commitment to excellence, an environment for creativity and innovation, solving problems through supervision, the habit of receiving and using input, and demonstrating spiritual gifts throughout the workplace.
However, just as a survey of regional Christian colleges shows 8 of 10 reduced enrollment over this decade, Bethel did as well. So, in Spring 2018, Bethel launched its GROW Agenda 2018-2022, focused on opening new doors to Bethel for future students. The value behind this focus is, we can't influence students we don't have. Throughout Fall and Winter 2017, a multi-disciplinary research and planning team produced four initiatives of highest return, which was later unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in early 2018 and endorsed to very high levels by faculty, staff, and administrators.
The primary foci are: (1) adding several new sports teams and an athletic facility ($3M raised in first six months), (2) adopting new recruitment methodologies and external partners in digital marketing and Web development (in first six months, applications are +20% over prior year for Freshman), (3) double the number of online-format programs from 11 to 22 (four new programs are approved for development in first six months), and (4) a variety of small, niche enrollment projects (e.g. a debt-free path through Bethel for the poorest students, launching a Computer Science major in Fall 2019, launching a corporate partnership to provide MA in Counseling degrees in house, etc.). Simultaneously, to support a 60% growth in Admissions visitors over the past three years, a Welcome Center facility is already funded with construction underway in the first six months, to be completed in late Summer 2019.
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