Behavioral Health (teaching in the DBH Program): Assistant/Associate Professor

Site: Henderson

Department: Behavioral Science

Status: Full Time, Faculty (9-Month)                                            

Reports To: Chair, Behavioral Sciences Department & Director, Doctor of Behavioral Health


Position Summary

The Behavioral Sciences Department at Freed-Hardeman University and the D.B.H. Program invite applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant/associate level in the Doctor of Behavioral Health program beginning in August 2021. As a core faculty member in the D.B.H. program, the assistant/associate professor in this position is responsible for teaching courses within the D.B.H. program, engaging in scholarly activity, and conducting committee work as assigned.



  • Active member in good standing of the churches of Christ.

  • Applicants should hold an earned doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or behavioral health.

  • At least two years of experience as a clinical therapist is highly preferred. State licensure in counseling, marriage and family therapy, or psychology is preferred.

  • A demonstrated history, competence in, and commitment to quality teaching courses at the doctoral level is preferred.

  • Experience in teaching research and leading capstone/dissertations is highly preferred.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other faculty members, as well as students.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills.

  • Evidence of prior scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching and learning is preferred. Commitment to ongoing scholarship is required.


 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaches courses within the D.B.H. program with a total load of twenty-seven hours per academic year (approximately 7 graduate courses per year).

  • Participates in student recruitment and promotion.

  • Assists the Director of the D.B.H. program and other core faculty in the ongoing evaluation of applicants, students, and candidates in the program as a core faculty member of the D.B.H. Program.

  • Assists the Department Chair, Director of the D.B.H. program, and other core-faculty in the ongoing evaluation of and improvement of the program as a core faculty member of the D.B.H. program.

  • Evaluates student achievement of curricular objectives/outcomes related to behavioral health knowledge and practice.

  • Maintains a minimum of 10 office hours per week for student availability.

  • Schedules administrative time for classroom preparation.

  • Engages in scholarly research or other creative achievement activity.

  • Serves on university committees as assigned.

  • Conducts servant leadership in the community.

  • Abides by all University policies governing behavior and in fulfillment of job requirements.

  • Performs temporary duties as assigned to maintain operations and services.



  • To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Instruction – Takes actions necessary to remain current in teaching discipline; Explores current and relevant innovations to deliver content.

  • Scholarship – Remains current and active in area of expertise; Holds memberships in appropriate professional organizations; Attends scientific conferences; Mentors graduate research; Presents research in appropriate forums.  

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes assigned tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives.

  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.



  • Position rank will be based on degree and experience.

  • Salary will be commensurate with degree, background, and experience.

  • Benefit information and an application may be accessed at http://www.fhu.edu/HR.


Application Deadline

Application review will begin on January 4, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application and resume to resumes@fhu.edu.



Freed-Hardeman University is an academic community, associated with churches of Christ, which is dedicated to providing excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship, and service.

Pursuant to this mission and Section 703(e)(2) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Freed-Hardeman University exercises a preference for applicants active within the churches of Christ. Freed-Hardeman University complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or prior military service in the administration of its employment practices



Step 1: 

Complete the online faculty application for employment.

Step 2:

Submit your cover letter and resume to resumes@fhu.edu.

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