Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


Amy Armstrong

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Chair, Department of Patient Counseling, College of Health Professions
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks a visionary and transformative leader to be the next Chair of the Department of Patient Counseling in the College of Health Professions and the Director of Pastoral Care for VCU Health. The Chair will provide general oversight of the clinical responsibilities of the department’s faculty serving at VCU Health, a 741-bed teaching hospital and trauma center. The Department seeks an individual who will lead and support an innovative and expanding program. The successful candidate will grow a strong and diverse Department by anticipating the changes in patient counseling and providing the tools needed to succeed in a dynamic environment. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the Department of Patient Counseling has a strong legacy of providing clinical education for pastoral care professionals as well as other health care providers in the spiritual care of patients and families within an interdisciplinary context. The Department seeks to develop highly skilled spiritual caregivers. The Department prepares students for health care chaplaincy and caring ministries in diverse settings.  The Robert B. Lantz Endowment is available for the successful candidate.

The Department of Patient Counseling sits within the College of Health Professions (CHP). CHP recently marked its 50th anniversary with the opening of a state-of-the-art 154,000 square feet, eight level, LEED Silver certified building. The Department of Patient Counseling offers a strong legacy of 62 years and is accredited by ACPE. Programs include: Chaplain Certification Concentration; Dual Degree M.S./M.Divinity; Accelerated Master of Science; Certified Educator CPE Education and also a Doctoral Ph.D. program in Health Related Sciences. 

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health Professions, the next Chair will foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity in one of the top programs in the country. The Chair will champion innovation at every turn. The next Chair will be charged with facilitating enrollment, recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty and staff, and engaging with a large alumni base. The Chair will be in a strong position to facilitate collaborations and partnerships within the College of Health Professions, as well as VCU Health, and the community, to provide new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Candidates must have a terminal degree from an accredited institution and demonstrated expertise in patient counseling/pastoral care or related field. Candidates must have clinical, teaching, and administrative experience in spiritual care/pastoral care and/or ACPE clinical pastoral education.

Strong candidates must have demonstrated experience in leadership, excellent oral, written, organizational and interpersonal skills. Candidates must have demonstrated experience or high potential for working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Candidates should have experience or high potential for effectively and inclusively educating and mentoring students from under-represented minority and/or historically marginalized communities. Junior faculty members will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. Senior faculty members will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to Amy J. Armstrong, Chair Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. For inquiries or nominations you may contact Dr. Armstrong at All replies will be held in strict confidence.  Correspondence and applications, which should include a CV, a letter of interest, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( should be submitted electronically to E-Jobs

Candidates who apply by the priority deadline of March 18, 2021 will be considered first.

VCU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.