The College of Education at the University of Maryland invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE), which is a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Professor. The College of Education seeks an innovative leader with vision and skill in translating research to practice, and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure impact.

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education incorporates three outstanding former departments, all with programs having top rankings in U.S. News and World Report, 2018. These include Counseling and Personnel Services (ranked #1 for 18 years in a row), Higher Education Administration (ranked #10), and Special Education (ranked #11).

A dynamic and diverse group of 34 tenure/tenure-track faculty and 24 professional track faculty representing seven specialty areas provides innovative and exemplary graduate and undergraduate education. The Department’s Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Higher Education, Student Affairs, International Education Policy, and Special Education prepare scholars and researchers committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in a variety of educational settings and contexts. CHSE also offers a wide variety of Master’s degrees to prepare practitioners to work in the fields of Student Affairs, Higher Education and International Education Policy. CHSE faculty also prepare individuals who become certified as School Counselors and Special Education Teachers.

The Department fosters a collaborative community that incorporates theory, research, and practice, and engages students, educators, and professionals in the advancement of education, psychology, and human development in the national and international arenas. CHSE houses a Counseling Clinic, the newly-established Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, the Maryland Language and Literacy Research Center and enjoys campus-wide research ties with the Counseling Center, the Maryland Language Science Center, the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The University of Maryland is located in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area in close proximity to the U.S. Department of Education, NSF, NIH, NEA, and important educational policymaking institutions, national associations, and research organizations.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Earned doctorate in counseling psychology, school psychology, higher education, student affairs, comparative and international education, and special education, or related field
  • Record of publications and scholarly activities (e.g., grant writing, national service, ) commensurate with appointment at rank of Professor
  • Demonstrated national or international leadership and scholarship in counseling psychology, school psychology, higher education, student affairs, comparative and international education, and special education, or related discipline
  • Administrative experience in a role as department chair or other comparable experience (e.g., director of a center or lab)
  • Demonstrated success leading groups with diverse backgrounds and academic interests
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills

We encourage applications from minority candidates, women, and persons with disabilities. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is dedicated to increasing diversity of its faculty through hiring and retention of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities and other categories protected in the University of Maryland Code of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Candidates should upload a letter of application addressing their qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three persons from whom reference letters may be requested. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the eTerp system at

Requests for confidentiality will be honored until the final phase of the search.

Address materials and inquiries to Kelly S. Mix, Ph.D., CHSE Search Committee Chair, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, 3304 Benjamin Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Voice: 301-405-5914 FAX: 301-314-9890 Email:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit by January 15, 2018. Appointment to the position will be effective July 1, 2018.