Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology and Human Services, with an emphasis in sport and wellness, including physical and mental health
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Job Description

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology and Human Services, with an emphasis in sport and wellness, including physical and mental health

Job no: 532434

Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Education, Psychology, Human Physiology

Department: Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, College of Education
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

October 16, 2023; Position open filled.

Required Application Materials

Please upload the following documents into your online application:

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications relevant to the position including (3-5 pages):
  • A description of your research, including your current and planned research activities and interests
  • A description of how your work contributes to equity and inclusion
  • A description of your teaching, including your prior teaching experience, mentorship experience, and courses you feel qualified to teach

  • Curriculum vitae.

    Note: the online application requires contact information for 3 references. Reference check will be conducted for finalists.

    Position Announcement

    The Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services (CPHS) in the University of Oregon's (UO) College of Education (COE) is seeking applications for a tenure-line faculty position in health promotion at the assistant professor rank. The successful candidate will have a record or evidence of potential for strong teaching, research, and service focused on the broad disciplines of sport and wellness, health promotion, physical health, and/or mental health. The intersections between mental health and physical health are especially relevant. The individual in this position will train the next generation of community leaders in addressing complex physical health/sport and mental well-being with innovative and applied solutions that promote health equity in community settings. This is an innovative and integrative area of potential growth for the university given the UO's excellence in all three areas (sports and wellness, mental health, prevention research), combined with the nationwide need for an increased workforce who understands and can provide mental health supports.

    The successful candidate's primary instructional duties will be in the Family and Human Services undergraduate program, with participation in graduate training across the department, including the Couples and Family Therapy program, Prevention Science programs, and the Counseling Psychology program, depending on the candidate's experience, expertise, and interest. Students who pursue a degree in the undergraduate Family and Human Services program help support the health and well-being of communities, families, and individuals through the development of prevention programs and through direct advocacy and delivery of services. Reflecting the diversity of the community and social service sector, FHS is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of psychology/counseling, social work, prevention science, public health, human development, and sociology.

    This position will interface with the University of Oregon Sport and Wellness Initiative, a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and leaders focused on extending the University of Oregon's already strong reputation and leadership in the field by delivering a new model of transdisciplinary education and research that recognizes the integrated nature of sport and wellness fields (

    Successful candidates will lead research teams with graduate and undergraduate students, develop research partnerships with communities, train undergraduate and graduate students in current, cutting-edge topics and methodologies that will advance physical and mental health, and engage in department, university, community, state, and national service.

    The position start date is September 16, 2024.

    Department or Program Summary

    The COE at the UO is a community of leading researchers and practitioners dedicated to transformational scholarship, integrated teaching, and collaborative practice designed to enhance individual lives and systems within a culture that values diversity and promotes respect and inclusion. The COE is home to 3 academic departments, 14 academic degree programs, 14 research and outreach units, the HEDCO Clinic, and the HEDCO Institute. Our goal at the COE is to set our graduates on career-long paths to purposeful, reflective, creative, and meaningful careers; addressing inequity and racial injustice is a thread that runs through our majors and programs while focusing on critical and effective pedagogies.

    Counseling Psychology and Human Services strives to maintain an inclusive learning environment that values and celebrates diverse perspectives to ensure that all faculty and students within our programs can flourish professionally and personally. We are similarly committed to advancing programs, practices and services that promote equitable access and improvements in the lives of individuals, families, and communities; particularly in settings characterized by limited access to resources and other structural barriers. Our community strives to advance equity and inclusion through our research, pedagogy, service, and clinical partnerships, which collectively aim to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Earned doctoral degree (by time of appointment) in Prevention Science, Public Health, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Human Physiology, Sociology, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a closely related field.
  • Record of or evidence of potential for strong scholarly productivity.
  • Demonstrated capacity or potential to conduct, administer, and sustain a rigorous program of research.
  • Record of or strong interest in working with underserved and underrepresented populations, including addressing disproportionate poor health outcomes among marginalized groups using an applied prevention and public health lens.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of, or evidence of potential, to obtain external research funding, particularly through federal funding agencies.
  • Record of, or strong potential for, mentorship and/or supervision of student research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially in department, college, university, and community settings.
  • Demonstrated ability, or potential to engage in transdisciplinary research.
  • Ability to teach in our accredited graduate programs, including Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy.

    About the University

    The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a "very high research activityā€¯ ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. The UO's beautiful, 295-acre campus in Eugene features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 177,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

    The UO is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people (see more at:

    Successful candidates must be able to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple marginalized identities, and to help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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    Date Posted : 08/23/2023