Buena Vista University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of director of the Professional School Counseling Program.

Buena Vista University (BVU) is an independent, regionally accredited comprehensive university offering a blended professional and liberal arts curriculum. BVU serves a student body predominantly from Iowa, many of whom are the first members of their families to attend college. The university’s main campus is located in picturesque Storm Lake, a diverse, vibrant, and professional community of 11,000 situated in the heartland of northwest Iowa.

The Master of Science in Professional School Counseling is a two-year, 48-credit hour program designed for working professionals. A cohort of approximately 60 students is admitted each July, averaging 120 students in the program at any time. Students are required to attend an intensive seven-day residency program on campus each summer, with all remaining classes offered during the evenings in a Zoom hybrid format.

The Position

Position Description

Reporting to the dean of the School of Education, the director of the Professional School Counseling Program serves primarily as a faculty member in the program with administrative responsibilities. This is a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor position with a 5/6 term contract. In addition to teaching courses in the program, the director is responsible for hiring and evaluating faculty, scheduling and assigning faculty to courses, and admitting and advising students through program completion. The director is assisted by a part-time faculty member, the director of graduate programs, administrative assistants, and a team of outstanding faculty.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in counselor education, with an emphasis in professional school counseling from a CACREP accredited program by date of appointment, an established professional identity as a professional school counselor educator through affiliation with relevant k-12 school counseling experience and counseling associations. Candidates should provide evidence of successful teaching and communication skills in counselor education, experience providing supervision to counselors-in-training, and licensure, or eligibility for licensure, as a professional school counselor in the state of Iowa. If not currently licensed, candidates must describe in detail what steps will need to be taken to become licensed. A successful candidate must demonstrate support for the university’s mission, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work collaboratively. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, assessment, presentation, and communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, writing, and intercultural skills.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Buena Vista University (BVU) is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total enrollment of 1,847 students, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

Buena Vista College (which became Buena Vista University in 1995) was founded by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1891. The college was first granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1952. A graduate program in education received accreditation in 1995, initiating a transition from a college to a university.

Over time, the campus has grown from four buildings in a small area to nearly two dozen buildings which cover a handful of blocks along the shores of Storm Lake. The first college building, known as “Old Main,” was opened in 1892 and was the primary building on campus until it was destroyed by fire in 1956. During the 1950s and 1960s, a major expansion program was initiated with construction of three residence halls, a science building, physical education complex, library, campus center, an auditorium, and a classroom-administration building.

The college launched a new era in May 1980, when it received an anonymous $18 million gift. Five years later, the anonymous donor was revealed when the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum (HWSSOB/SF) was dedicated in the name of the benefactor. This gift started the creation of a competitive college endowment, which supported physical construction and renovation, as well as further development of regionally-recognized academic programs. It made possible such distinctive programs as the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series and the Academic & Cultural Events Series (ACES). The HWSSOB/SF is currently undergoing a renovation to create a more student-focused space. Upon completion in December, students will have lounges, more modern classrooms, a state-of-the-art dining hall, a ticker tape trading room for business majors, and a renovated bookstore.

An institutional self-study indicated the need to strengthen the college library and information resources, leading to construction of the Library and Information Technology Center in 1994-95. In 2001, the $9.5 million Lamberti Recreation Center opened, featuring three multipurpose courts and a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track. In 2004, BVU dedicated the state-of-the-art, $70,000-square foot Estelle Siebens Science Center. Four years later, renovations to the old science building were completed and the building was rededicated as the Social Sciences & Art Hall with an attached Center for Ceramics and Sculpture. In 2012, a major renovation of Pierce/White residence halls was completed, including new furniture, upgraded lighting, a multipurpose space, elevator, and a new entrance.

Throughout the years, Buena Vista University has recognized needs and trends and adapted to meet them. In the mid-70s, the institution opened its first satellite location to help serve the needs of non-traditional students who could not attend classes in Storm Lake. Today, there are 16 locations across the state of Iowa as well as an online program for expanded learning opportunities. Graduate students benefit from several online options as well. In 2000, BVU became the nation’s first “wireless community” by providing laptops to all full-time students and faculty on the Storm Lake campus with the ability to connect to the campus-wide wireless network. Since then, BVU has built on civic engagement opportunities to create a greater atmosphere for community and campus service and involvement. Students have learned what it means to be global citizens and travel the world through professor-led academic ventures. Students also will soon benefit from a marching and pep band program, as well as an Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Resource Management, which will feature programs in ag-business and ag-science starting in fall 2019.

About Storm Lake, IA

Not only is Storm Lake a college town, it also boasts a lake, rich heritage and history, diverse cultures, and opportunities in which college students thrive. The shores of Storm Lake are unbeatable for quiet reflection and focus. But, we’re also the hub in Northwest Iowa. From fun in the sun to ice hockey, and boutiques to pad Thai, Storm Lake is the place for adventure and discovery.

For satisfying a late night burrito craving at an authentic restaurant, or digging into barbecue at wing night, this college town has it all. And believe it or not, Iowa’s Best Burger 2017, according to The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, as well as Travel Iowa’s 9th best donut bakery, can be found right here in Storm Lake. Grab a coffee and go shoe shopping, or buy a new batting glove with a teammate. Storm Lake has much to offer.

Storm Lake itself is the fourth largest glacier lake in Iowa, spanning over 3,200 acres and considered the region’s best for walleye fishing. Enjoy music, theater, arts, and athletics at Buena Vista University. Outdoor recreation includes lakeshore parks and campgrounds, biking and walking trails, two marinas, and public access for boating, fishing and swimming.

For more information about Storm Lake, IA, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://visitstormlake.com/chamber.html


We prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional, and co-curricular programs.


To be a nationally recognized leader in rural higher education known for its remarkable student learning and outcomes. We will be an institutional destination — ambitious in our efforts to distinctively and boldly inspire students to serve, empower, and transform communities through Education for Service.

The Academic Program

With more than 45 academic programs and majors to choose from, students are able to align passions with an exciting academic path leading to success in college and after graduation. Choosing a major is a big decision, which is why our broad selection covers areas ranging from pre-med to strategic public relations.

The student-faculty ratio at Buena Vista University is 9:1, and the school has 75.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Buena Vista University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent. (https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/buena-vista-university-1847)

The major study areas of Buena Vista University are grouped within five schools:

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

School of Communication & Arts

School of Education & Exercise Science

School of Science

School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion

The Student Body

Buena Vista University has a total enrollment of 1,847, serving students on the Storm Lake campus and online, site, and graduate programs. Undergraduate enrollment is 733, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. At the university, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Buena Vista University is part of the NCAA Division III.

  • Based on a response rate of nearly 100 percent, 96 percent of the Class of 2017 was employed, in graduate school, or otherwise satisfied with their career status within six months of graduation.
  • In the past 40+ years, more than 16,000 students have received bachelor’s degrees from BVU sites located on community college campuses.
  • The average student-faculty ratio is 9:1. The average class range is 10-19 students.
  • BVU students, faculty, and staff volunteered approximately 56,000 service hours for the city, schools, churches, local organizations, and other locations. Volunteers at Buenafication Day help beautify the campus and provide needed services to off-campus, community sites. This proud tradition continues each year.
  • Over 70 percent of Storm Lake campus graduates and 90 percent of offsite graduates stay in Iowa to work and contribute to their professions and their communities.
  • Last year, 195 students completed internships, not including student teaching, research, or other applied learning opportunities.
  • One hundred percent of full-time Storm Lake campus students who applied for financial assistance last year received it.
  • Each year, BVU provides approximately $14 million in student financial assistance out of its operating budget.
  • More than 45 percent of BVU students participate in intercollegiate athletics on 19 NCAA Division III teams.

Institutional Leadership

Brian Lenzmeier, PhD – Interim President

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier joined Buena Visit University in 2003 as a professor of biology. Prior to being named interim president in May 2020, Lenzmeier served as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Lenzmeier earned his PhD in biochemistry from Colorado State University and holds a BA in biology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He also completed post-doctoral research in molecular biology at Princeton University and was a visiting research fellow in the area of molecular medicine at Mayo Clinic in 2011.

In addition to his role as a professor of biology, Lenzmeier has held several leadership roles at BVU. In recent years, he has served as chair of the tenure and promotion committee, played an integral role in the revision of faculty employment policies, and worked with colleagues to develop and implement a new biomedical sciences major.

Lenzmeier has been named “Faculty Member of the Year” twice by the BVU student senate, and was the 2009 recipient of the George Wythe Award, the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.

Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, PhD – Dean of the School of Education

Prior to joining Buena Vista University as dean of the School of Education in June 2018, Dr. Monroe-Baillargeon worked at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she served as dean of the School of Education for three years before returning to faculty for one year. Monroe-Baillargeon also spent time at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where she served as department chair and professor of education.

In addition to her other professional roles, Monroe-Baillargeon previously taught at Nazareth College in New York and the University of Rochester in New York, as well as at several locations overseas, including schools in West Africa, South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand, Egypt, and Spain. Monroe-Baillargeon has also served as a consultant for the New York State Department of Education and the New York State School Boards Association.

A native of Cleveland, Monroe-Baillargeon’s research focuses on inclusive education, teacher education, and literacy. Her work in teacher education has been informed by her 15 years of K-12 teaching and leadership. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MS from the University of Southern Maine, and a PhD from Syracuse University.

Benefits Overview

Buena Vista University offers employees a competitive package of employee benefits. This program is designed to protect and promote their financial, physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Medical
  • Prescription Drugs and Specialty Drugs
  • Wellness
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Life Insurance Benefits
  • Retirement Plans
  • Educational Tuition Grant
  • Travel Assistance Benefits

For a detailed look at BVU benefits, visit the website at https://www.bvu.edu/sites/default/files/2018-07/2018-Benefit-Summary.pdf

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been 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 Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Buena Vista University website at www.bvu.edu

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