Lecturer – Counselling Edith Cowan University



We are looking for passionate teaching focused counselling academics to join our established program in Counselling who will also maintain their own professional practice.

The School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University is seeking to appoint several teaching-focused academics who will guide, support, and inspire the next generation of counselling professionals. These new, continuing academic positions – designed to enable the successful candidates to work part time with the university while maintaining their professional practice – will complement our existing team of skilled and accredited academics who are responsible for a Bachelor of Counselling, a generalist Master of Counselling, and a specialist Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. These courses produce graduates with excellent applied skills and theoretical knowledge to sustain the profession of counselling in caring for individuals, groups, and communities.

If appointed to this position, you will largely be responsible for teaching units of study in one or more of our counselling courses. Your duties will involve both direct teaching of students and curriculum development and unit coordination; they may require you to supervise sessional academics working with you. Initially you will focus on working in our online, accelerated Master of Counselling. Over time, you may be required to teach in other courses and further opportunities as an educator will become available as your career develops. Outside of teaching periods, you will be expected to undertake appropriate academic work in partnership building, scholarly development, and other work that sustains our counselling course offerings. Sustained success over several years in this role, including taking on additional responsibilities for educational leadership, will over time enable you to seek promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. ECU has been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality by their graduates for 14 years in a row, making ECU the only public university in Australia to achieve such a consistently high rating. ECU’s reputation for teaching quality and student experience has been built on the productive relationships they have with their students, industry, communities, and alumni- sharing knowledge for the benefit of all.

The School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) is one of the largest at ECU with many diverse disciplines arranged into two main divisions: Creative Humanities; and Psychology and Social Sciences. Counselling is one of the Psychology and Social Sciences disciplines, along with Community and Family Services, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work, and Youth Work. The School operates across three campuses, with more than 100 academic and professional staff, and has a strong online education presence. The diversity of the School is a strength, enabling interdisciplinary innovation, a sustainable financial platform, and many opportunities for collaborations with industry and community. In 2026, the School will begin to operate its creative humanities program from our outstanding new ECU City Campus while maintaining and expanding operations at ECU’s Joondalup and South West (regional) campuses.

To be considered for this position, you will have, at a minimum, a master’s degree (AQF Level 9) in Counselling or an equivalent field and 5 years’ relevant professional experience. You will also have registration (or eligibility for registration) with ACA or PACFA and preference given to those who are ACA or PACFA accredited supervisors.

You will need to demonstrate, based on past achievement and potential for future development, that you can:

  1. teach effectively with a student-centred approach facilitating successful learning;
  2. engage productively with industry and community to advance teaching;
  3. develop and implement innovations that improve academic operations;
  4. exercise scholarly leadership consistent with your level of appointment; and
  5. work productively and collegially to achieve the goals of the school and university.

It is desirable that you also have experience as a successful supervisor of counselling practitioners and/or counselling students. Experience in online teaching is also desirable.

You will be expected to demonstrate personal attributes congruent with the University’s values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry, personal excellence and courage.

We are actively seeking applications from people who wish to combine academic teaching in counselling with maintenance of an ongoing professional practice as a counsellor. The minimum engagement we require in this role is 2 days’ a week. We can also accommodate applicants who are interested in developing a full-time academic career while maintaining a small commitment to outside work as a counsellor. This engagement may be up to 4 days’ a week. Please contact the school (see below) for more information and to discuss your options. Please feel free to indicate in your application how you anticipate maintaining your practice in combination with a part-time appointment.

Edith Cowan University is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting and celebrating the differences in our society. Strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds and are committed to sustaining a workplace where we value our people, celebrate everyone’s contributions to success, and work together on overcoming our challenges. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.

This position provides a full-time salary of $105,832 to $125,043 p.a (Level B) pro rata for part-time plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities Overview.

ECU is a smoke-free environment.

Your application is in two parts. The first part is a statement (maximum 4 pages) that clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role and the difference you will make for the school if appointed. You should highlight key examples of your experience and your capabilities: you do not need to address each point in turn so long as all the criteria are covered.

The second part is a detailed curriculum vitae, including summaries of your prior roles and achievements. Please include details for three referees including your current supervisor / manager (we will not contact referees without your approval). A covering letter is not needed.

Please click “Apply” to be redirected to ECU’s Employment Opportunities website to begin your application.

Applications close: Tuesday, 12 September 2023 at 11.30pm

You are encouraged to contact Professor Julie Ann Pooley ([email protected]), Associate Dean (Psychology and Social Sciences) to discuss the role and your application and learn more about the exciting opportunities ahead in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University.

You are also encouraged to read the school’s Statement of Purpose, Principles, and Ambition for more information.


ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.