Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor, School Counseling Faculty Position in the Counseling Program

Beginning Fall 2023

The Counseling Program at Bluefield University is seeking applications for a full-time Assistant Professor with an emphasis on School Counseling. Responsibilities will include teaching in the graduate counseling programs, advising students, and supervising practicum/internship students.  Candidates are expected to provide service to the University, the School of Education and Social Sciences, and the profession.  Specific teaching assignments for this position include teaching counseling courses in online and hybrid formats.  Additional duties will include (but are not limited to) assisting with accreditation, participating in program and course development, assisting with admissions and recruitment, participating in new student orientation and welcome sessions, serving on faculty committees, and mentoring adjunct faculty members.

Faculty within the program must uphold the highest standards of the professional standards, have robust clinical experience, are active in roles of leadership and/or advocacy within the profession, contribute to curriculum development, and demonstrate a passion for growing counselors-in-training. Additionally, faculty within the department are committed to each student’s success and willing to create individualized supports to ensure their achievement within the program. Counseling faculty are innovative, seeking solutions, and are actively engaged in the ongoing quality improvement of the program.

Faculty are required to maintain the appropriate licensure, including all activities necessary to maintain such licensure, when teaching in programs that require its faculty to be licensed. They must also meet all requirements and expectations for faculty as described by any applicable accrediting organization with jurisdiction over the faculty’s program of record.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Counseling. Advanced ABD will be considered; degree must be conferred by the time of appointment
  • Expertise in school counseling
  • Certification or ability to be licensed as a professional school counselor
  • Experience or training in teaching, supervising, and advising counseling students,
  • Expertise with distance learning and instructional technology
  • Professional experience working with diverse populations (students or clients).
  • Travel to the face-to-face intensives (3 weekends during 16-week term) and graduation is generally expected

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or previous licensure as a professional school counselor in Virginia and/or West Virginia
  • Current or previous licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Paid work experience as a professional school counselor
  • Experience with addictions counseling
  • Doctorate in Counseling and meets requirements of CACREP defined “core faculty”
  • Demonstrated community involvement in a leadership, advocacy, or social justice role
  • Membership and active involvement in professional counseling organizations

The individual must be a committed Christian and have ability to integrate faith and learning, foster critical and creative thinking, work cooperatively within the campus community to advance the mission of the University, and demonstrate excellence in graduate teaching.


To apply for this position, please visit to complete the electronic faculty employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Christian Faith
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Original Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Director of Human Resources at Bluefield University, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605.

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at

To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Completed applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until filled.


Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Jenna Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Raymond

Assistant Professor of Counseling

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