Full-time Faculty/Department Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences


Full-time Faculty/Department Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences


Full-time Faculty/Department Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences


Southwestern Christian University seeks a full-time faculty who will serve as Department Chair capable of teaching psychology and counseling courses. Position is nine‑month with flexible summer appointment.  Some travel as well as weekend work may be required.


The Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences oversees all administrative responsibilities for the department as well as participate in and provide academic leadership in teaching, research, and Christian service. The chair upholds the university's commitment to faculty governance and serves as the administrative representative of the department.  Additional responsibilities include:

  • Full teaching load that is based on the established faculty workload scale
  • Managing personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and departmental performance evaluations;
  • Coordinating and managing the departmental budgeting processes, and overseeing departmental financial processes;
  • Providing leadership for academic and professional development, and departmental curriculum review/development;
  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with affiliating institutions and agencies;
  • Providing constructive feedback and assistance to faculty, staff, and students on professional development, performance, and projects;
  • Designing processes that increase the representation of diversity within the student body and departmental personnel; and
  • Exploring relationships with churches and para-church organizations that advance partnerships and recruiting efforts.   


Applicants should have an earned doctorate with research and teaching experience in either counseling or counselor education as well as a current Professional Counselor License or Clinical Mental Health License.  Candidates should have academic credentials eligible for faculty appointment at the rank of full professor; record of significant accomplishments in research; committed Christian who honors Pentecostalism and the Holiness tradition and who is supportive of the educational mission of the University and its heritage; demonstrated experience in grant, contract, or project activities; and successful experiences in administration, graduate education, and faculty development as well as familiarity and contribution with the accreditation process. The successful candidate will be an innovative person with the personnel management skills to build a shared vision that includes sensitivity to and competence with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Southwestern Christian University reserves the right to alter this position's job description/job duties to meet the needs and goals of the institution.

Closing Date of Search

On or before July 30, 2018 or until the position is filled


Rita Palmer
PO Box 340
Bethany, OK 73008





Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate, the applicant must submit the following documents and information:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae and, if available, a teaching portfolio
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (if selected for the position, official transcripts will be required)
  4. Copy of relevant professional licenses
  5. Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references
  6. Statement of your understanding of the relationship between the integration of Christian faith and your discipline of study
  7. Brief statement of personal faith journey and church involvements


Southwestern Christian University is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution equipping students for a life of learning, leadership, and service; integrating faith, learning, and living; and empowering graduates to excel and to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.

Accreditation and Affiliation
Southwestern Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Southwestern Christian University complies with federal and state guidelines for non-discrimination in employment.

Click here to download job posting.