Established in 1867, West Virginia University (WVU) is West Virginia’s flagship institution of higher education and the state’s only research, doctoral degree-granting, land-grant university. Throughout its 14 colleges and schools, the University offers 360 majors spanning agriculture; natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; law; media; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; and public health. Approximately 26,839 students are enrolled on the main campus—21,086 undergraduate, 4,263 graduate, and 1,490 professional students—who come from 118 nations, all 50 U.S. States (plus Washington, DC), and all West Virginia counties. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia—cited as the #1 small city in America—WVU offers a small-school atmosphere with all the resources of a major research university in easy proximity to other metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

The Position

Position Description

Reporting to the Director, T. Anne Hawkins, and serving on the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services Leadership Team, the Clinical Director/Associate Director (CD) contributes to strategic planning of the clinical and administrative functions of the Center’s psychological, psychiatric, counseling, consultation, and training services/programs, and supports the director in coordinating the development and implementation of clinical operations. The CD works with the director in developing and updating the department’s policies to ensure compliance with accreditation, legal, and ethical guidelines, and assists in the accreditation/reaccreditation processes. This position is responsible for the development of assessment goals and outcome measures and conducts regular data analyses and reports. The CD advises related operational changes based on the collected data.

The CD will work with the Director, the leadership team, and campus partners to support and develop additional satellite centers, and build an integrated, seamless system of care to meet the behavioral health needs of WVU students. The CD will embrace a commitment to diversity and inclusion and help build a dedicated team of professionals and trainees. The CD will provide administrative and clinical supervision to full- and part-time staff.

Carruth Center Organizational Chart

Qualifications

A master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or counseling psychology, or a related field is required. Preferred is a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology (PhD, EdD, or PsyD) from an accredited program or a terminal degree in the applicant’s respective mental health field. Required experience includes: five years post-licensure terminal degree or seven years post master’s degree experience providing clinical services in a university counseling service or other related counseling setting; three years administrative/management/supervisory experience; and for psychologists—one year full-time pre-doctoral internship in an APA-accredited professional psychology program that includes a rotation in adult outpatient counseling/therapy and counseling. Must be licensed (or license-eligible within six months) within the State of West Virginia.

Additional skills required include: experience providing short-term counseling and crisis intervention (in person and via telehealth); demonstrated commitment to the principles and cultural humility-based counseling and leadership principles; excellent leadership, organizational, management, and communication skills; and knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently conduct, evaluate, and mentor staff regarding crisis intervention services.

History of the Position

The former clinical director, T. Anne Hawkins, was promoted into the Director of the Carruth Center Position in summer 2020 after serving as the clinical director for 11 years.

Information about the carruth center

Mission Statement

“The Carruth Center for Psychological & Psychiatric Services (CCPPS) is an agency under the Division of Student Life. The mission of CCPPS is to further the goals and objectives of West Virginia University by providing psychological, psychiatric, and substance abuse treatment and services that foster the academic and personal development of students, and by providing outreach and consultative services to students, faculty, staff, and parents.”

CCPPS Diversity Statement

“The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services is dedicated to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all members of the WVU community. We are grateful for the diversity of our Mountaineer family, which can span age, appearance, ethnicity and race, financial means, gender, language, military experience, nationality, citizenship status, physical and mental abilities, politics, religion and spirituality, region, body size, and sexual orientation. We believe that acknowledging the cultural wealth of everyone helps us to recognize, at once, the uniqueness and the universality of the human experience. This recognition of our similarities and differences can make us mindful of how we define ourselves and treat other members of our Blue and Gold community. Join us as we encourage all members to engage in open and ongoing dialogue about the attitudes, values, and beliefs that shape us, individually and collectively, in this global age.”

Student Testimonial about Carruth Center

Departmental Leadership

Anne Hawkins, Director of the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services

As director, T. Anne Hawkins is responsible for the strategic planning and administrative functions of the Center’s psychological, psychiatric, counseling, consultation, and training services/programs which meet the behavioral needs of WVU students both in the Center and at various satellite centers. Hawkins joined WVU in 2009 as the clinical director, prior to being named as director in 2020. Before joining the Center, Hawkins worked in Student Affairs leading retention and LGBTQ/Social Justice related initiatives, private practice, and as a visiting/adjunct faculty member. Hawkins is a licensed psychologist in the state of West Virginia. Hawkins earned her BS degree, MS degree, and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The clinical director will be filling a position of a long standing beloved staff member at the university. It will be important to have an individual who will capitalize on the current supporters and advocates of the

Carruth Center and forge relationships with those partners to continue the collaborations that already exist. The clinical director of counseling services will need to possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regards to student mental health in a robust educational environment. The clinical director should be an experienced leader capable of managing complex situations and staffing, and a leader who maintains an unwavering commitment to student care at the highest level.

The Carruth Center stakeholders were engaged and invested in dialogue around the current vacancy, and they spoke consistently of identifying an individual who would provide leadership and vision for the future continued success of the Center.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the clinical director as articulated by stakeholders are as follows:

  • The new clinical director will work at an institution where student mental health is an institutional priority shown by a true commitment to resources and projected growth for the Center. This is a dynamic opportunity for someone who is an innovator and creative problem-solver to join this organization.
  • The successful candidate will provide leadership for service provision in an environment of growing demand on mental health services, exploring multiple delivery methods and increased use of technology for all student types and demographics served.
  • Cultivating partnerships of care with stakeholders throughout campus to continuously improve provision of services to students will be important to the clinical director.
  • The new clinical director will be responsible for promoting a student-centered focus in a highly visible service area. They will need to understand the uniqueness of the student population and develop best practices to serve them.
  • The successful candidate will display exemplary communication skills, expression of care, and advocacy for students while upholding the values and mission of the Center.
  • The new clinical director will provide innovative practices, professional development opportunities, and support for a staff who have longevity and are loyal to their distinct roles at the institution.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity, a strong work ethic, and collaborative energy to address student mental health issues that affect student success and engagement.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

West Virginia University is a public institution that was founded in 1867. The University operates on a semester-based academic calendar. West Virginia University’s ranking in the 2021 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges is #241 among National Universities. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,976; out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,320.

West Virginia University is located along the Monongahela River in the small city of Morgantown in the northern part of the state. The suburban campus setting encompasses 2,800 acres.

WVU offers nearly 360 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs within 14 colleges. A few of the graduate degrees available include those in the College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the School of Medicine, which is home to the highly ranked rural medicine and primary care programs.

Students who want to take a break from academics for the weekend can take a road trip from the WVU campus, situated near the Pennsylvania border, to the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Washington, DC. There is also plenty to do on campus and in the local community. Students at WVU can help others through the Center for Service and Learning, which gives class credit for community service and promotes events such as Random Acts of Kindness Week. There are also more than 400 student organizations for students to try, including nearly 30 Greek chapters, as well as club and intramural sports. For varsity athletics, students can choose from nearly 20 WVU Mountaineers teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University

Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having helmed universities for more than three decades. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president.

In 2014, Gee returned to West Virginia University, where his career as a university president began. His leadership goals include putting students first, advancing the university’s research agenda, partnering with West Virginia communities, and making sure that 1.8 million West Virginians know in their hearts and minds that West Virginia University is their university.

Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his JD and EdD degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was granted full professorship in 1978.

One year later, he became dean of the West Virginia University College of Law, and, in 1980, was named West Virginia University president. He served in that role until 1985.

Gee went on to lead the University of Colorado (1985-1990), Brown University (1998-2000), and Vanderbilt University (2001-2007). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2013.

Gee has been a member of several education-governance organizations and committees including the Big 12 Conference Council of Presidents, the Business-Higher Education Forum, and the American Association of Universities. He was chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Higher Education Attainment and served as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Energy Advisory Committee. In 2009, Gee was invited to join the International Advisory Board of King Adbulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, and he currently serves on the Board of the Royal University for Women in Bahrain.

Active in a number of national professional and service organizations during his tenures, he has served on the boards for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., Limited Brands, and the National 4-H Council. In 2011, Gee was appointed to serve as secretary on the Board of Directors of Ohio’s economic development program, JobsOhio. In 2011-2012, he was asked by Governor Kasich to chair both the Ohio Higher Education Capital Funding Collaborative and the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission. In March 2015, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Council on Education, the nation’s largest higher education organization. And he served as chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors Executive Committee for the 2017-18 year. Gee presently serves on the council of presidents for the Southern University Research Association.

Gee has received a number of honorary degrees, awards, fellowships and recognitions. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest science organization. In 1994, Gee received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah, as well as from Teachers College of Columbia University. In 2013, he received the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award and received the Outstanding Academic Leader of the Year Award on behalf of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is the co-author of over a dozen books, including his two most recent, “Leading Colleges and Universities” and “Land-Grant Universities for the Future.”

Benefits Overview

The following benefits are available to employees of West Virginia University:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Plans
  • Hearing Plans
  • Short and Long term Insurance Plans
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans
  • Health Savings Account

For more information: https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/benefits-and-compensation

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the West Virginia University website at wvu.edu

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.