Capella - Adjunct Faculty - Mental Health Counseling

Faculty – Part-time
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Capella University is currently hiring adjunct/part-time faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Counselor Education & Supervision doctoral program.  The focus of this position is to provide support for doctoral learners through teaching online courses, in-person doctoral residency courses (travel required), and mentoring doctoral dissertations. 
Capella University offers full training in mentoring and in the use of an electronic dissertation course room. You will be engaged with PhD candidates during their doctoral dissertation journey who will rely upon your expertise in the creation of their original research.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Adjunct and part-time faculty provide a variety of educational services to degree learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes and accreditation standards. They provide high-quality, impactful, and successful experiences that deliver exceptional learning outcomes.

Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through participation in outside scholarly activities or practice in the discipline.

Successful mentors have the ability to guide and coach learners through the dissertation process by promoting a positive, collaborative relationship that enhances learner engagement, satisfaction, retention and success. Mentors are committed to providing timely direction and support to mentees throughout the dissertation phase of the program. Mentors may also participate in the comprehensive exam preparation phase as well.

Mentors should have quantitative/qualitative research experience and knowledge (e.g., expertise in design/analyses of Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, Correlational, Phenomenological, Generic Qualitative, Case Study, etc.) and the ability to understand and evaluate all aspects of the research process.  They also have an in-depth understanding of the end-to-end research process (research design, data collection, data analysis, writing the full dissertation) while working with mentees as a dissertation supervisor and chair of the dissertation committee. Mentors apply their in-depth knowledge of IRB standards, regulations, and processes at each stage of the dissertation process and consult with expert colleagues, related literature, and other available school resources when research methods and design questions or concerns arise.

Mentors ensure the efficient administration of the dissertation process for mentees by implementing Capella policies and procedures (including milestone procedures and IRB regulations), and manage the dissertation committee through timely and effective communication about progress, feedback, or concerns.
Must be available for travel involved with teaching doctoral residency courses (3 ½ day weekend experiences embedded in course).  

Specific Accountabilities:

Each faculty member will have a workload that varies based upon his/her expertise and the needs of the program/specialization. Following are the accountabilities expected for faculty in the primary areas of responsibility:

Course Participation: Provides expertise in subject matter; facilitates course discussions ensuring active participation among learners creating entries at least 3-6 times per week; responds to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours; assesses learner assignments and engagement; provides appropriate feedback, coaching and reinforcement of effective critical thinking; reports at risk learners to appropriate school staff; encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms; provides innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective; adheres to quality standards and defines quality at course level in line with departmental and university norms.

Mentoring and Committee Work (graduate level and part-time faculty only): Facilitates discussions with learners to ensure ongoing progress toward successful completion of dissertation; reviews and critiques learner work, providing relevant feedback; participates in dissertation committee meetings.

Curriculum Development: Participates in the design and development of courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities, and evaluation tools. Ensures sensitivity to race, gender and disability in curriculum design, course content, and study materials.

School Governance and Faculty Committees: Actively participates in appropriate department, division, or university committees.

Other Activities (may be assigned and vary from quarter to quarter):

·         Faculty staff meetings, Residencies, Capella-sponsored faculty development, problem resolution, faculty orientation/mentoring, web board facilitation, course revisions, etc.

·         Some faculty may have certain “areas of emphasis” such as specialized responsibilities or coordinating functions in support of the school’s educational goals such as Learner Management, Research and Advising, Program Development, and Advising or Accreditation.

·         Responsibility areas and specific assignments are based on the needs of the school and particular capabilities of the faculty member and will vary from quarter to quarter. Faculty assignments and areas of emphasis may vary significantly from school to school; however, the position is structured to ensure the faculty member is able to contribute optimally to essential teaching and related support services to learners.



  • Earned doctoral degrees in counselor education, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program
  • Or have related doctoral degrees and have been employed as full-time faculty members in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013


  • A minimum of 3 years teaching in graduate counseling programs as Adjunct, Part-Time Faculty, or full-time faculty.
  • Experience teaching in an online environment is preferred
  • A record of scholarship, including presenting at conferences and scholarly publications beyond the dissertation. 
  • Current counseling licensure/credentials and demonstrated competence in counseling
  • Demonstrated training and experience in counseling supervision
  • Identification with the counseling profession through memberships in counseling professional organizations (i.e., ACA and/or its divisions)

Key Differences between Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty:

Adjunct Faculty are not engaged with Capella in a continuous relationship. They are assigned work as they are available and as Capella has needs.

Part-Time Faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis. Only part-time faculty members may participate in Mentoring or Committee Work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters.


All faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid faculty development course as a pre-requisite for employment. This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella.



Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings. 

Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include: 

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.  
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors. 
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home. 
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.

About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster. 

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