The Opportunity

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of director of counseling services.

Founded in 1963 as a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh and set in the heart of the scenic Alleghenies, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford) is a four-year baccalaureate college enrolling approximately 1,350 students. Pitt-Bradford offers high-quality teaching, supported by the resources of a world-class research university, in a safe, inclusive, and student-focused academic environment. The campus, one of four regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh, is located in Bradford, a friendly community of about 10,000 people in northwestern Pennsylvania. It is a very exciting period in Pitt-Bradford’s history, with the recent appointment of Dr. Catherine Koverola as campus president. Along with the new president and leadership team, the director of counseling services will be a pivotal player in fostering holistic student growth through equitable opportunities that address students’ intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.

The Position

Role of the Director, Counseling Services for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford seeks in its next director of counseling services a transformational leader who will advance an innovative, community-based model of holistic mental health care and support designed to meet the needs of its diverse student body, of which approximately 40 percent are students of color in the incoming class (F’20) and 31 percent of all students are first-generation college attendees. Through their work, the director of counseling services will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they build a culturally relevant, inclusive, and accessible program to support student wellness that aligns with Pitt-Bradford’s commitment to whole-person development and student success. The director is responsible for oversight, administration, management, budget, daily clinical and outreach operations, and the evolving online resources of Pitt-Bradford’s Counseling Services. Key to success will be the director’s development of a strategic plan and service model to ensure delivery of comprehensive prevention, assessment, and intervention services for Pitt-Bradford students predicated on meeting students where they are. To ensure a dynamic model of mental health care and support, the director will engage in active outreach with student groups to discern and respond to changing needs, evaluate departmental capacity (staffing and resources), and advocate for continuous improvement. The director provides evaluation and individual and group counseling/ psychotherapy services to students to enhance development, remediate mental health concerns, and support academic success.

The director will be a visible, engaged member of the campus community and Division of Student Affairs, participating in campus-wide initiatives and actively shaping a culture that makes space for all. Collaborating with Pitt-Bradford partners in Athletics, Career Services, Dean of Students, Health Services, Recreation, Residential Life, Student Engagement, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as faculty and administrative colleagues in Academic Affairs, is an important priority. Additionally, the director will work closely with counterparts on the University of Pittsburgh main campus and external community-based mental health service providers to develop a continuum of support and to deliver student-facing programs and services, as well as training opportunities, designed to educate the campus community on mental health awareness, elevate and normalize the full spectrum of available mental health services, and expand dialogue to ensure students—including students of marginalized identities—receive timely, relevant assistance to meet their needs and strengthen resiliency. Reporting to the dean of student affairs, the director of counseling services will serve as Pitt-Bradford’s mental health expert and advise on situations and policies having a mental health component; facilitate expansion of tele-health/tele-therapy and other online services; balance administrative, clinical, and community responsibilities; serve on campus committees (Students of Concern, Threat Assessment Team, etc.); and foster innovation among Counseling Services staff. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment.

Additional duties of the director of counseling services as noted in the institutional job description include:

  • development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical protocols and operating guidelines;
  • work with the Offices of Disability Services and with veterans and other special populations in need of counseling or referral;
  • decision-making authority involving students who may be in need of involuntary hospitalization for psychological reasons;
  • collaborate with internal and external constituencies, including psychiatrists and other medical personnel.

An estimated breakdown of duties is as follows:

55%:  Clinical Operations – responsible for daily clinical operations, prevention, and outreach functions of Counseling Services, including development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical protocols and operating guidelines; provides individual psychological assessment, counseling/psychotherapy, and crisis intervention to students, including those who may be potentially suicidal.

20%:  Collaboration and Referral – identify and establish key working relationships that will support the collaboration and referral with community mental health and service providers (e.g., The Guidance Center, Pitt Oakland Counseling Center, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Bradford Regional Medical Center, etc.); as appropriate, consult with and provide advisement to faculty, staff, and university deans regarding individual mental health needs and those of the general student population; respond to student family members’ concerns.

10%:  University Engagement and Participation – participate in bi-weekly Student Affairs Division staff meetings, administrative reporting, and university committees (e.g., Students of Concern, Threat Assessment Team, Emergency Operations Group, Academic Advising Council, and selection committees).

10%:  Administration, Budget, and Supervision – provide oversight and supervision of Counseling Services resources and contractual services with other agencies (e.g., The Guidance Center); develop and maintain budget for services and purchases; provide supervision to clinical staff and that of administrative assistant who also supports Health Services.

5%:     Other Duties as Assigned

History of the Position

The position of director of counseling services was held for approximately 20 years by a licensed psychologist. Over their tenure, the former director witnessed the student body become increasingly diverse, with overall enrollment growing nearly two-fold. The addition of another mental health counselor approximately eight years ago expanded capacity and services, though the focus largely remained on individual counseling sessions with students. Prior to their retirement in late 2020, the director, as well as the mental health counselor, maintained a four days per week schedule during the academic year (10-month contracts). This allowed Counseling Services to extend services and support to students Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the academic year. After hours mental health and crisis assistance has largely been provided through services contracted with The Guidance Center, a local community health and wellness organization. As of March 2020, Counseling Services staff pivoted their services to provide remote tele-mental health support to students.

As the needs and expectations of Pitt-Bradford students continue to evolve, a decision by senior officers has been made to move the director position from a 10-month role to a full 12-month appointment. The new director will be engaged in strategic, administrative responsibilities and hands-on delivery of services and support to students, as well as consulting with, training, and collaborating with other members of the campus community (faculty, staff, and senior officers). Joining the director will be one experienced mental health counselor (LCSW) and one shared administrative assistant (split appointment serving Counseling Services and Health Services). It is expected that the new director will quickly conduct an assessment of strengths and opportunities of the department in light of strategic priorities and move forward with recommendations, if appropriate, regarding any additional staffing needs of Counseling Services.

Presently there is concern that some students are not availing themselves of available services and that the array of services needs to be expanded in order to more fully meet student needs. The next director will need to implement and elevate a creative array of services that includes ample opportunities for students to engage with professional counselors in settings outside the traditional in-office therapy session (though that will still remain one option), access valuable online mental health tools and resources, and build a greater understanding about their health and well-being through ongoing educational programming and outreach initiatives.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

This is a time of great opportunity for a transformational leader to join Pitt-Bradford as its next director of counseling services. Addressing the mental health needs of students and creating a supportive network of services to achieve that is top of mind for President Koverola and her senior leadership team. There will be considerable support for the next director and their staff to engage students throughout the campus rather than to limit all services to the confines of the actual Office of Counseling Services. Reaching out and connecting with underrepresented, first-generation, and historically underserved students will be a very important priority. There is a need to essentially create from scratch a holistic, multi-modal approach that combines education, outreach, and training along with tele-mental health services, utilization of online self-help resources, group programs, and collaborative initiatives delivered in partnership with other campus colleagues, as well as more traditional one-on-one psychotherapy. This will require the director be hands-on, ready to lean in and lead change while moving Counseling Services forward.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the director of counseling services as articulated by stakeholders are listed below.

  • Create a strategic plan for the department and ensure alignment with mission, values, and practice. The strategic plan should focus on building a holistic culture of health and wellness on campus and should take into account the contributions that other units, such as Health Services, Recreation, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics, Residential Life, and Student Engagement, as well as academic departments, will bring to that effort. In constructing the strategic plan for Counseling Services, the director must understand that traditional modes of interaction (in one-on-one therapeutic sessions) and the use of traditional clinical load index to determine counselor-to-student ratios no longer apply in an environment that demands creative deployment of resources and multiple avenues to provide mental health support that truly connect with and serve the needs of today’s diverse student body. The strategic plan and broad spectrum of services defining the work of Counseling Services must be widely socialized and visible to students and also incorporate training opportunities for faculty and staff to position them to be effective mental health allies who help amplify and multiply the network of care supporting each student’s ability to succeed at Pit-Bradford.
  • Promote health and wellness as a cultural imperative throughout the campus. Engage campus partners up, down, and across the institution to support an active educational campaign promoting these values.
  • Pitt-Bradford has a high percentage of first-generation and Pell eligible students, as well as LGBTQIA students who also need support but are often unfamiliar with how to access help that is available. It is essential that the director and all staff of Counseling Services conscientiously work to build trust with all students—to ensure them that Pitt-Bradford is a safe haven where they will find the resources and support needed to succeed. The director of counseling services must bear in mind the intersectionality of identities students bring to campus and ensure that all students know where they can turn for support.
  • Be committed to destigmatizing counseling and to helping students develop a constructive action plan that will support their ability to find solutions to the mental health challenges they face.
  • Provide training for faculty and staff to help them identify when a student may be in distress, build their own skills in knowing how to lend appropriate support, and know how to connect students with the resources they need.
  • Build strong working partnerships with service providers throughout the region, promoting their services and/or referring students as appropriate. Local service providers include: YWCA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services; The Guidance Center offering community based services including mental health, education, and prevention services; Bradford Regional Medical Center; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services; and Women’s Health Services.
  • Forge a collaborative working relationship with colleagues at the Oakland campus (main campus) of the University of Pittsburgh. The University Counseling Center is eager to make as many of its services and resources available to support the mental health needs of Pitt-Bradford students as possible and is a vital partner.
  • Evaluate the current staffing model by assessing current demands and utilization data against the strategic plan and aspirational goals of the department. Utilizing a data-driven approach, advance recommendations for additional resources (personnel, financial, technological, and/or physical space requirements) to the dean of students and other senior officers as appropriate. Where possible, seize opportunities to secure external funding, such as through grant programs, to expand the services, reach, and impact of Counseling Services.
  • As the campus is able to return to greater in-person learning for students, remember the lessons learned from the pandemic as mental health services were required to quickly pivot, adopting virtual methods and resources to support students. Much of this virtual work has helped to increase access and equity of services for students, and there will be tremendous value in continuing to support a well-rounded complement of these services post pandemic.
  • Devise strategies for raising the visibility of Counseling Services and the myriad of mental health resources available to students. This will require an active outreach program. Implement creative ways to conduct mental health screenings and provide support using both formal and informal approaches (i.e., surveys, group programs, visits out to residential halls, attendance at campus-wide events, and more casual encounters in campus dining facilities and elsewhere on campus).
  • Champion the work of the Student Mental Health Awareness Committee; build out peer-to-peer educational prevention programs and supportive initiatives; and introduce group programs, all of which will help expand the capacity of Counseling Services to connect with students in need of mental health support.
  • Ensure Counseling Services is an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs. The department cannot succeed, operating as an isolated island unto itself. The director must view the department as an integral member of the student success team and part of the larger educational enterprise at Pitt-Bradford.
  • In recruiting additional Counseling Services staff, ensure efforts to attract well-qualified professionals who represent the diversity of the student body served.

Measures of Success

The items listed below will define the next director of counseling services’ success throughout the first year of employment:

  • Develop a strategic plan and service model to ensure delivery of comprehensive prevention, assessment, and intervention services.
  • Develop and engage in active outreach with student groups, faculty, and staff to respond to changing needs of a diverse student population.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations on Counseling Services capacity (staffing and resources).
  • Assess how best to complement Pitt-Bradford’s on-campus resources for students with resources available to from the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center in Oakland, for example through tele-therapy services.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to develop a coordinated health and wellness model for students.
  • Develop opportunities for graduate level practicums and internships to supplement Counseling Services and programs.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to develop a peer education program on mental health and wellness.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work from an accredited program and have a demonstrated track record of five or more years practice as a mental health provider, with experience in a college or university counseling center or comparable mental health setting. At least one year of administrative and/or supervisory experience in a mental health setting is also required. A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, along with a record of serving minoritized populations, is essential for success. Must be licensed or license eligible within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at time of hire (with the ability to secure a license within one year of start date). Professional experience with and knowledge of crisis management, outreach, stepped care, tele-mental health, embedded services, disordered eating, gender affirmation, trauma, and/or substance use will also be important in the selection of the next director of counseling services.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following list of additional capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate:

  • demonstrate cultural humility in striving to understand, serve, and support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students;
  • possess a deep understanding of typical presenting issues with which students grapple, including disordered eating, time management, depression, anxiety, loneliness/isolation (especially true while most interactions must be navigated remotely), lack of focus, navigating relationships, and transgenerational trauma;
  • have a fundamental knowledge of how to implement a stepped care model to map mental health resources;
  • be friendly, relatable, and real—students are not looking for platitudes: they want someone who will truly connect with them and understand their needs as well as lived experience;
  • value opportunities to integrate use of tele-therapy and other online resources as part of a holistic approach to supporting the mental health needs of students;
  • maintain a keen interest in following current trends and best practices in the field of college and university counseling and student development and actively seek opportunities to incorporate new approaches into practice;
  • be committed to focusing on student strengths and helping students to build resiliency while also supporting students in finding their voices, establishing a sense of belonging, and making space for others in a richly diverse community.

Overview of Counseling Services

At this time, Counseling Services offers a range of services to help students obtain needed support, feel less alone, cope more effectively, heal emotional wounds, improve relationships, engage in academics and college life, and feel more like their authentic selves. Most students take advantage of a combination of these resources, and a therapist is available to help students figure out a plan that meets their needs.

  • Online Resources
    • COVID-19 resources through the JED Foundation and Active Minds
    • Racial trauma and self-care resources (multiple online resource sites)
    • LGBTQIA resources through the TREVOR Project
    • Resources for allies (multiple social justice and anti-racism online resource sites)
  • Mental Health Mobile Applications
    • Stop, Breathe, Think (https://www.stopbreathethink.com)
    • Headspace (https://www.headspace.com)
    • Calm (https://www.calm.com)
    • Mindshift (https://anxietycanada.com/resources/ mindshift-cbt)
    • Sleepio (https://www.sleepio.com)
  • Virtual Wellness Workshops
    • Virtual workshops on a variety of topics are offered by staff at the Pitt-Oakland University Counseling Center (main campus) and open to all students in the University of Pittsburgh system.
  • Mindwise Screening
    • Confidential and anonymous screening for a range of mental health conditions including depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling problems, and overall well-being. Each screening takes approximately five minutes to complete, and students may print results and share them with a counselor at Pitt-Bradford or elsewhere for further evaluation or treatment.
  • Therapy Assistant Online (TAO)
    • TAO is a private online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help students bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life. Through watching videos and engaging with interactive components, students gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills needed to achieve their goals. TAO can be completed at one’s own pace.
  • Individual Therapy
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic, individual mental health care with a Pennsylvania licensed therapist from Pitt-Bradford for HIPPA compliant tele-health services is available. Appointments are made via phone, and individual sessions are conducted via video.
  • Referral and Care Coordination
    • Referrals are made for psychiatric evaluation to The Guidance Center, the local community mental health agency. Counseling Services also facilitates coordination care with sexual assault resources available through the Victim’s Resource Center at the Bradford YWCA.

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

William Schafer, Interim Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Dr. Schafer is a nationally known and respected senior-level student affairs administrator with more than 35 years of experience in higher education. He has a passion for student success, for improving the student experience, and for creating multicultural campus environments that embrace and celebrate diversity. His philosophy includes a commitment to ensuring that all students receive a comprehensive and high-quality experience. He believes that one of student affairs’ most significant opportunities is the creation of a partnership with academic affairs to provide a highly integrated educational experience for all students.

He has served several national organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) as co-chair of the Chief Student Affairs Officers and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a senior fellow.

Most recently, Dr. Schafer served as the interim dean of student success at Central Washington University. During his career, he has served as vice president for student life at West Virginia University, vice president for student affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Texas at El Paso, dean of student life at the University of Denver, dean of students at Illinois Institute of Technology, and director of the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Schafer chaired the University System of Georgia’s Regents Committee on Learning Disorders, providing recommendations for students with learning disorders attending the system’s 31 institutions across the state. He also chaired a successful effort to create a new doctoral program in Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Georgia.

Angela Wolfe, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Experiential Learning

Angela Wolfe is serving as the associate dean of student affairs and experiential learning, reporting to the interim vice president and dean of students. Previously, Wolfe served as the director of leadership learning, service and advocacy, director of community engagement and the Harriett B. Wick Chapel, and coordinated the Pitt-Bradford Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center. She served as the assistant director of the Career and Professional Readiness Center at St. Bonaventure University where she was instrumental in bringing forth professional development programming to campus student workers, supervisors, and professional schools. Additionally, she has worked as a campus mental health counselor and educator, drug and alcohol/judicial counselor, and Higher Education Opportunity Program consultant. Wolfe continues as an active instructor in the Pitt-Bradford Freshmen Seminar Program, an instructor of yoga, and as a weekly campus mindfulness meditation facilitator.

The Division of Student Affairs is organized as follows:

Institution & Location

Institutional Overview

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford was established in 1963 to fill a critical void in the higher education landscape in the northcentral region of Pennsylvania. In the early years, most of its students came from the local area, but since then, the campus has grown significantly.

Pitt-Bradford’s students come from nearly every county in Pennsylvania, more than 20 states—as far away as Alaska and California—and many countries, including China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, and Pakistan.

The campus has developed into a vibrant learning community where students are challenged to discover more than they imagined; nurtured to help them develop into happy, healthy people; and encouraged to go beyond their comfort zones and achieve more than they thought possible.

Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It is a four-year undergraduate institution located with strong ties to the Bradford region. Over its nearly 58-year history, Pitt-Bradford has grown from one building, 288 students, and two majors, to a campus with 35 buildings, more than 1,350 students, and more than 40 academic majors. Additionally, Pitt-Bradford provides administrative oversight of the Titusville Campus, which is located approximately 144 miles west of Bradford.

Pitt-Bradford has a history and culture of facilities master planning that led to the development of its beautiful park-like campus. The campus, replete with outstanding facilities, is situated on roughly 320 acres, which includes a 130-acre forest reserve.

It is a very exciting period in Pitt-Bradford’s history, with the recent appointment of Dr. Catherine Koverola as campus president and plans to move forward with the design and construction of a new 40,000 square-foot, $24 million engineering technology building. Additional residence halls, a stadium project, an athletic fieldhouse, and a future academic administration building are in various phases of planning and development.

In the fall of 2020, Pitt-Bradford recruited a strong and diverse freshman class despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. The class totaled 366 new first-year students, of which approximately 40 percent were underrepresented populations. The fall 2020 total headcount enrollment was 1,321 students.

Pitt-Bradford consistently has been recognized nationally for the quality of its education, as well as for the financial support it provides its students. The Princeton Review has named Pitt-Bradford one of the “Best Colleges in the Northeast” for 16 consecutive years. G.I. Jobs has named Pitt-Bradford a “Military Friendly School” for the past ten years and most recently a “Military Spouse Friendly School.” The RN Careers website ranked Pitt-Bradford’s associate of science in nursing program fifth in the state, and Washington Monthly magazine has named Pitt-Bradford a top college for earning a bachelor’s degree and a “best bang for the buck” university. The Council for Aid to Education ranked Pitt-Bradford fourth on a list of colleges that devote the highest percentage of dollars to financial aid, and in 2016, President Obama recognized Pitt-Bradford as one of 13 institutions excelling in enrolling and graduating Pell-eligible students.

Bradford, PA

Settled in the 1840s and incorporated in 1879, Bradford was one of the boomtowns of the western Pennsylvania oil rush of the late 19th century. The city’s population is currently about 8,600; the greater Bradford area has a census count of about 18,000. With an approximately five percent minority population, the city is less diverse than other more urban regions in the state.

Described as “a cool town with a warm heart,” Bradford recently completed a $3 million revitalization effort and secured several million dollars more for streetscape improvements to the historic downtown. Bradford is home to a variety of businesses and industries, many of them having a significant international reach. In recent years, Bradford has been successful in recruiting new industries and services to the community, and many of these thriving organizations partner with Pitt-Bradford on innovative campus-community development projects. In 2017, Pitt-Bradford opened its Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center on the Bradford Town Square, providing exciting new academic programming and event space, as well as the new home of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center. Horne, a world-renowned opera singer and a native of Bradford, has supported a variety of programs that benefit both the community of Bradford and Pitt-Bradford students.

Major employers in the Bradford region include the American Refining Group, Zippo Manufacturing Company, Case Cutlery, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center. A multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities surrounds the campus, including the 42-mile Tuna Valley Trail system—part of which runs through campus—boating and kayaking, camping, skiing, and snowmobile and ATV trails. Pitt-Bradford is located within the Pennsylvania Wilds and moments away from the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest, which is the largest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and the 65,000-acre Allegany State Park—the largest state park in New York. The campus is less than a one-hour drive to Lake Chautauqua and an hour and a half to both Erie, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York. Bradford enjoys a low cost of living, a comprehensive high school, and access to quality health care.

Mission Statement

“Founded in 1963 as a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh and set in the heart of the scenic Alleghenies, Pitt-Bradford provides affordable access to a distinguished four-year higher education. Pitt-Bradford offers high-quality teaching supported by the resources of a world-class research university in a friendly, inclusive, and student-focused academic environment. In service to our region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pitt-Bradford connects communities to new ideas, innovative research, and exciting arts and cultural programming, partnering with key stakeholders to build opportunities for continued regional development and growth.”

Strategic Plan

In September 2020, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford launched the planning process for its next strategic plan, which will be a comprehensive and collaborative project involving campus community members as well as neighbors in the region and beyond.

“The upcoming strategic plan for Pitt-Bradford will build upon the successes of our previous plans and help us chart our course for the future, to help us reach new heights on our campus, in our local community, and in our region and beyond.

This planning process is comprehensive and collaborative, involving not only our campus community members but our neighbors in the region and beyond.”

Goals:

“Academic and Global Careers – We aspire to prepare students to live and work in a globally interconnected world.

Whole-Person Learning – We aspire to be a university that fosters holistic student growth through equitable opportunities that address students’ intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.

Inclusion, Equity, Justice and Access – We aspire to be a university community that embodies access, inclusion, equity, and justice.

Community Impact and Beyond – We aspire to be a university that respectfully, inclusively, and collaboratively engages with our communities to strengthen our region, nation, and the world.

Building Foundational Strength – We aspire to be a university that supports success through a healthy foundation of strong, creative entrepreneurial culture, a robust capacity to partner, and an outstanding infrastructure that complements our natural environment and effective operations.”

To read more about the Plan for Pitt-Bradford, visit: https://www.upb.pitt.edu/about-us/office-president/plan-pitt-bradford

Leadership

Dr. Catherine Koverola, President

Dr. Catherine Koverola, Pitt-Bradford’s fourth president, has brought with her a wealth of experience from colleges and universities all over the world. Over her 30-year career she has served as educator, scholar, clinician, and advocate on four continents. She joined Pitt-Bradford in 2019.

Prior to joining Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Koverola served as the inaugural provost at the African Leadership University in Mauritius where she worked to establish a university system designed to deliver academic programs on a mass scale across the African continent. She has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cambridge College, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University, and dean of psychology and interim vice president of academic affairs at Antioch University Seattle.

Additionally, Dr. Koverola has held several administrative posts—including director of PhD and MA psychology programs, director of the Alaska Rural Health Training Academy, and chair of the Department of Psychology—at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. An inter-culturally minded program innovator, she led the development of a doctoral program in clinical, community, and cross-cultural psychology, and graduate programs in drama therapy, eco-psychology, mindfulness studies, and trauma-focused interdisciplinary studies that integrate the expressive arts.

Dr. Koverola is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of interpersonal victimization in cross-cultural contexts. She has developed culturally relevant programs that serve victims of violence in locations as varied as urban medical centers to remote indigenous communities in Canada and Alaska. Globally, she has provided clinical consultation to a wide range of practitioners including those serving Syrian refugee populations in Jordan; victims of the armed conflict in Colombia; and vulnerable children in the Caribbean, east Africa, as well as Norway and Finland.

Having specialized in serving traumatized youth, specifically inner-city African American and Latino youth as well as rural Canadian First Nations and Alaska native youth, Dr. Koverola is equipped to address the pressing issues college students face today. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, and many private foundations.

Creatively supporting faculty development through many initiatives, she established Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at two universities. The American Council of Education Women’s Network of Massachusetts recognized Dr. Koverola’s dedication to faculty development and mentorship of women by awarding her the 2014 Leadership Award.

Upon joining Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Koverola remarked, “It is truly an honor to serve as president at the Bradford campus and ensure that Pitt-Bradford keeps developing as a distinctive leading academic institution serving the students and communities of the region. I look forward to weaving together the strengths of this vibrant regional campus with the tremendous capacity within the University of Pittsburgh as a large research-intensive institution.”

Academic Programs and Faculty

Students can choose from more than 40 majors, minors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs that prepare them for a career or graduate school. They have countless opportunities to learn more by working in labs, local creeks and forests, and at major for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations. They also can conduct research in any major, work on an internship, or study abroad.

Number of Majors Leading to Baccalaureate Degree

  • 38 (BA, BS, BSN)
  • 20 Pre-professional programs

Number of Majors Leading to Associate Degree

  • 5 (AS, AA)

Number of Graduate Programs

  • 4 (Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Social Work is offered on campus by the graduate school at Pitt-Oakland. Master of Education and a Master of Science for Clinical Nurse Leader are both offered online from Pitt-Oakland.)

Full-time faculty: 76

Part-time faculty: 22

Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

Typical Class Size: 19 students

The Student Body

Student Enrollment – 1,321

  • 42% male students
  • 58% female students
  • 71% are from 60 counties in Pennsylvania
  • 15% are from 31 counties in New York
  • 12% are from 29 other states and six countries
  • 74% of the students lived in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing in 2019 (59% in 2020 due to COVID-19 and instructional mode options).

Demographics of the class entering Fall 2020:

Nonresident aliens 3 0.8%
Asian, non-Hispanic 21 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic 0 0.0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic 23 6.3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4 1.1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic 58 15.8%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic 1 0.3%
Hispanic/Latino 35 9.6%
White, non-Hispanic 221 60.4%
Total 366 100.0%

Benefits Overview

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford offers the following comprehensive and competitive benefits to employees:

  • Medical – employees may choose among four medical benefit plans offered by UPMC Health Plan, including a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan and three preferred provider organization (PPO) options.
  • Dental – employees may choose among three dental plans offered by United Concordia Dental (UCCI), including a dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) plan and a traditional indemnity program with two “flex” plan designs.
  • Vision – vision coverage is offered through two vision plan options through Davis Vision, one of the nation’s largest vision care providers.
  • Education – benefits extend to the employee, spouse/domestic partner, and dependents for pursuit of academic coursework and degree programs at any University of Pittsburgh campus.
  • Health & Wellness – wellness screenings, support for chronic conditions, and online and telephonic resources available are through the UPMC MyHealth@Work Center; UPMC Health Plan members also can take advantage of virtual health visits with AnywhereCare.
  • Faculty/Staff Assistance Program – provides personalized care services, 24-hour support, online resources and tools, and more, all at no cost.
  • Generous Retirement Savings Plan – university contribution is 3 to 5 percent for employees under the age of 52; an employee aged 52 or older may join the Accelerated Option, in which the university will increase its matching contribution from 12 percent to 14.5 percent for up to 10 years, or age 65, whichever comes first.
  • Flexible Spending Account – health care, dependent care, and qualified commuter expense accounts available.
  • Time Off – vacation, sick days, personal days, paid holidays, and winter recess.

For more information, please visit the Pitt-Bradford Benefits site: https://www.hr.pitt.edu/current-employees/benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will 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 Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.

Pitt-Bradford has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

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.