Assistant Professor in Counselling

Canberra, Australia
14 May 2018
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10 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Organisational Overview

The University of Canberra is a young University anchored in the national capital. UC works with government, business and industry to serve our communities and nation. UC challenges the status quo always pursuing better ways to teach, learn, research and add value – locally and internationally. Distinctive by Design, UC is the University for the Professions.

Its purpose is to provide education which offers high quality transformative experiences to everyone suitably qualified; to engage in research which makes an early and important difference to the world around us; and to contribute to the building of just, prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities.

Our Shared Plan has five interconnected streams of strategic intent that will drive our quest to shape UC into a globally prominent institution of learning, research and public engagement. This will empower our diverse people to drive our core missions of distinctive teaching and research in an enriched living-learning environment encompassing our Canberra campus and global locations.

Faculty Purpose

The Faculty of Health comprises a growing number of disciplines including Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Optometry and Vision Science, Counselling, Medical Imaging, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy. It is also home to the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, and the Faculty of Health Clinics. In addition, Health is the host faculty for UC-RISE (the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise), the Health Research Institute, and plays a leading role in relation to the development of the University’s Health Innovation Precinct.

The Faculty has doubled in size since its establishment as a separate organisational entity in 2008. Disciplines within the Faculty are engaged in both undergraduate and post-graduate education, as well as being highly research active. Staff are committed to making significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their professions, and to producing graduates who are ready to take their place in the
workforce. There is a strong commitment to enhancing work-based learning opportunities for our students, in both clinical and non-clinical areas of the Faculty.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Discipline Lead, you will be required to prepare and deliver lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops in conventional and flexible modes. You will also be involved with student placements and supervision, including liaison, negotiation and referrals with potential placement agencies.

You will be qualified in Counselling, holding at least a Masters degree in Counselling (or equivalent) and will be eligible for membership in the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia or the Australian Counselling Association. You will have experience in the Counselling profession, and you will have relevant tertiary teaching experience, including design, development, and delivery of unit and course materials.

The appointees will report to the Discipline Lead and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues at the Faculty and University levels.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Preparing and delivering lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops in conventional and flexible modes.
  2. Coordinating and convening units in the Discipline and managing unit-specific online learning sites.
  3. Marking and assessing materials at the undergraduate, diploma/honours, and master’s levels.
  4. Initiating and developing course and unit materials.
  5. Student consultation and mentoring.
  6. Supervising students’ research projects.
  7. Attendance at Discipline and School meetings and, when required, other faculty meetings.
  8. Administrative duties as appropriate and agreed with the Head of Discipline.
  9. Involvement in student placements including liaison with placement agencies, negotiation and matching students with potential placement agencies, and referrals at the student-led clinic.
  10. Provide clinical supervision of students on placement
  11. Other relevant duties by negotiation with Head of Discipline

Selection Criteria

In assessing experience relative to qualifications, consideration will be given to teaching (both at tertiary level and elsewhere) and clinical experience in counselling, as well as other professional contributions.

  1. Suitable qualification (preferably at Masters level and beyond) or equivalent and experience in the Counselling profession (preferably 5 years or more).
  2. Demonstrated capacity to design, develop, co-ordinate, and deliver unit and course material.
  3. Demonstrated capacity to liaise effectively with external agencies.
  4. Experience in training, supervision, and professional development relevant to Counselling students.
  5. Ability to respond to the demands and variations of academic workloads.
  6. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity principles in higher education.
  7. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a small team.