The Department of Psychology and Counseling is one of the largest on campus and is growing. The department houses several degree programs, including a doctoral program in clinical psychology (APA-accredited), a master’s program in counseling (MPCAC-accredited), a school counseling program, and a large undergraduate program. The Department also houses the Community Counseling and Assessment Services, an in-house training clinic that provides services to greater Kansas City:

The Department consists of 16 faculty members. Faculty actively collaborate with diverse community, school, mental health, and medical partners across the campus, region, and nation. Please visit our website for a description of our department, programs, faculty, and resources:

Job Description 

The Department of Psychology and Counseling in the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is excited to invite applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (with tenure) to serve as the Chair of the department. The position is a 9-month, benefit-eligible, tenure-track position, with chair responsibilities extending into the summer months. The start date will be in Summer 2024.

Chair Characteristics and Responsibilities

We seek a visionary, transparent scientist, who is experienced in advocating for the needs of diverse yet inter-related academic programs and individuals, and will guide the growth of our department in collaboration with us. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are needed, and experience mentoring faculty in both teaching and research is a positive attribute.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Overseeing departmental faculty and staff, including recruitment and retention, workload assignments, faculty and staff development and evaluation;
  2. Course scheduling;
  3. Budget and resource allocation;
  4. Teaching and research (1:1 teaching load, maintaining research activities, and mentoring graduate students); and
  5. Serve as liaison between the department and higher administration.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A Ph.D. in psychology or a related field (e.g., clinical, counseling, developmental, social, cognitive);
  2. Evidence of excellence in research, grantsmanship, teaching, and service;
  3. Evidence of administrative leadership and budget oversight, including the support of individuals, programs and/or centers; and
  4. Evidence of ability to lead and serve with integrity, transparency and collegiality.

Full Time/Part Time

This tenure-eligible faculty position is a 9-month contract, benefit-eligible with chair responsibilities extending into the summer months. Start date to begin in Summer 2024.

Our academic schedules and workload promote a positive work/life balance.


The salary is commensurate with rank, credentials, experience and demonstrated success in externally funded research.

Application Deadline

The review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions (Example)

For consideration, you must apply online at, click on Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 49125.

Please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload it as a resume attachment. Limit the document name to 50 characters. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). The maximum file size limit is 11 MB. Required materials include:

  1. a current Curriculum Vitae;
  2. a detailed cover letter, including statements describing leadership experiences, and research and teaching interests;
  3. current contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation will be requested for finalists.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Johanna Nilsson (

  • If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email
  • Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for all candidates that advance to the finalist stage.  The candidate hired for the position will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment.


Located in Kansas City, MO, UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public, urban research university of the 21st Century, pursuing excellence as a learning and discovery community, fostering a healthy, safe, more economically secure and just quality of life through community engagement to enrich the lives of the people and regions we serve. UMKC, situated in the heart of Kansas City, is part of a metropolitan region that boasts an affordable lifestyle and offers a wide variety of cultural, sporting, and recreational opportunities. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional, and global communities we serve. See UMKC’s mission and values,

Equal Employment Opportunity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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Benefit Eligibility


We offer full healthcare benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and university education benefits at all 4 UM System campuses for employees and qualifying dependents. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university’s most important resource.