Franciscan University, founded in 1946 by friars of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, integrates excellent academic programs with a dynamic faith environment to serve 2,500 students from all 50 states and 17 countries on campus and an additional 1,000 students online. Franciscan University is one of 18 faithfully Catholic universities in the U.S. endorsed by the Cardinal Newman Society.

The Department of Counseling and Social Work at Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member for its CACREP-accredited graduate program in clinical mental health counseling. The preferred rank will be assistant professor, though candidates at other ranks will be considered commensurate with experience. Applicants must have a terminal degree from a CACREP-accredited doctoral program in counselor education or will have successfully defended their dissertation by December 2024.

The vision and values of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program align with those of the University, which is leading the renaissance of Catholic higher education called for in Ex corde Ecclesiae. The Program is committed to developing clinicians in contemporary, research-informed practices within a Catholic anthropology that takes a holistic, valuing, relational, and developmental view of the human person. Thus, candidates should be passionate about the Catholic and Franciscan mission of the University and have a compelling vision for how that mission aligns with their teaching philosophy, applied or original scholarly work, and best practices of the counseling profession. The preferred candidate is committed to teaching excellence.


  • Teach graduate clinical mental health counseling courses across the curriculum.
  • Provide students with rigorous, innovative, and service-learning educational experiences grounded in real-world counseling practice
  • Be able to articulate for students how Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition enlivens the counselor role in a professionally appropriate way
  • Direct and coordinate the practicum and internship experiences or support program direction.
  • Collaborate with faculty on program development initiatives and best practices for teaching excellence.
  • Study and implement the very best research in the field of clinical mental health counseling.
  • Be a present and visible leader of the program on campus and with other key stakeholders.
  • Participate with program accreditation duties.
  • Engage in service and scholarly activity that aligns with university expectations.


  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from a CACREP accredited university
  • Experience working as a professional counselor.
  • Devoted to ongoing professional development and staying up-to-date with the latest research in clinical mental health counseling.
  • Demonstrated experience in the supervision of practicum and internship experiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, scholarship, and University mission.

To apply, please submit:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, including evaluations if available
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • a statement addressing personal and professional fit with the mission of Franciscan University
  • three letters of reference
  • official transcripts

All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Donald Kissinger, via nhough@franciscan.edu.  Review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled.  For additional information, see Faculty Openings | Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job email your details to nhough@franciscan.edu

About Franciscan University of Steubenville

It should be a calling, a vocation. Through pursuing a career with Franciscan University, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of a visionary organization in service of the Catholic Church, society, and culture.

At Franciscan University you will work for and with the Church, alongside like-minded men and women who share your values and your desire to transform the culture. You’ll be challenged by the work and rewarded by the fruit it bears. You’ll be part of an institution that Francis Cardinal Stafford, former president of the Pontifical Council of the Laity, described as “central to the reform and the renewal of the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council.”