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Newsletter Article | Aug 27, 2014

MARYLAND - UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - Research Director/Assistant Director of Counseling Center, Research Unit

CCLogo - ms pictureResearch Director/Assistant Director of the University of Maryland Counseling Center, Research Unit

 The Research Director/Assistant Director of the Counseling Center-Research Unit is a scientist-practitioner by training and experience and serves as a member of the Counseling Center’s administrative leadership team.  Major duties and responsibilities include three major functions: (1) leads, conducts, monitors and supervises research projects conducted by a team of graduate assistants and staff; (2) conducts program evaluation to provide information to advance and improve Counseling Center programs and services; and (3) oversees and supervises research staff. 

 Research and Evaluation Function

Leads, conducts, monitors and supervises research projects conducted by a team of graduate students and staff. Produces research for publication in refereed journal articles.  Research includes conceptualization, planning, statistical analysis, writing, and editing. Designs and prepares research projects for presentations at local, regional and national conferences and conventions.

·         Consults with the Counseling Center director, Counseling Center staff, Division of Student Affairs, faculty, and graduate students on various counseling and educational research projects. 

·         Functions in the role of research mentor for pre-doctoral psychology interns. 

·         Approves, monitors, and reviews research proposals and upholds the ethical practice of research through affiliation with the Institutional Review Board.  

·         Serves as principal investigator and lead researcher for the annual University’s New Student Census. 

·         Facilitates the collection of university survey data for the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education. 

·         Engages in research pertaining to counseling/psychotherapy outcomes, student development, multiculturalism/social justice, student retention, career development, and other related areas.

·         Develops and conducts program evaluation efforts to advance and improve a variety of Counseling Center services. 

Administrative and Supervision Functions

Oversees and supervises the Counseling Center’s research staff, which includes a research analyst and three doctoral level research assistants. 

Chairs and serves on search committees; participates in weekly staff meetings with Counseling Center leadership; recruits and hires graduate research assistants; compiles data and submits information for the Counseling Center’s annual report; serves on Counseling Center, Student Affairs and University committees; and performs other duties as assigned.

The Assistant Director of the Research Unit for the University of Maryland Counseling Center is a 100% appointment with the Counseling Center.  An academic affiliation with the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education or the Department of Psychology is a possibility.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses the following qualifications:

·         Doctorate from an accredited academic program in counseling or clinical psychology, higher education, counselor education, college student personnel, or related field. 

·         Demonstrated program of research scholarship including publications in refereed journals that have contributed to the field of student development, counseling, psychology, multiculturalism/social justice, student retention, and/or education.

·         Strong skills in research design, statistical analysis, and the utilization of statistical software packages (SPSS).

·         Experience advising and mentoring graduate students.

·         Experience preparing research proposals and grants.

The University of Maryland Counseling Center

Established in 1937, the University of Maryland Counseling Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary campus agency responsible for the provision of emotional, social, educational and career counseling and disability support services.   It serves a diverse University community of over 37,000 students and more than 4,000 members of the faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center is comprised of four divisions, which includes the: (1) Counseling Service; (2) Learning Assistance Service; (3) Disability Support Service; and (4) the Research Unit, and a Testing Service

The Research Unit is responsible for generating new ideas and conducting research studies that support the interests of the Counseling Center, Student Affairs and the larger university community in the areas of student development, multiculturalism, retention, and service delivery.   Design, implementation, and analysis of the annual New Student Census Survey is one of the Research Unit’s primary responsibilities.   In addition to the Research Director, the staff is comprised of a research analyst and three graduate assistants.

The University of Maryland Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and holds American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation for its Internship Training Program.

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