Associate Professor of Social Work



Job description

Tacoma, WA

Work Schedule:
Full-time, tenure-track Associate Professor position available September 1, 2020. Academic year is September to May.

General Description:
The Pacific Lutheran University Department of Social Work invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position starting Fall 2020. Applicants should be able to teach in our generalist social work practice and policy classes, field seminar, introductory courses, electives and/or interdisciplinary courses such as First Year Experience (FYEP) and/or International Honors (IHON). Applicants should have experience teaching in both BSW/MSW programs and faculty will be involved in the development of an MSW program and the CSWE accreditation process. Position will include Field Coordinator role.

The Department of Social Work enrolls approximately 50 declared social work majors and several undergraduate students seeking to minor in social work. The Department is well known for the development of generalist practice social workers, who, upon completion of their degree, are ready to engage in advocacy, case management, community development, and in the child welfare system, with seniors, in child care settings, in youth organizations, in corrections, in mental health, and with people with disabilities to improve the lives of individuals from marginalized or oppressed groups. Many graduates go on to further education, most commonly the MSW.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Teach 6 courses per year, including the social work practice courses (micro/macro practice), policy, field seminar, introductory social work classes, and elective(s) or interdisciplinary programs such as First Year Experience (FYEP) or International Honors (IHON), an adjustment to teaching load will occur based on Field Coordinator responsibilities. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to serve in the department and contribute to the larger life of the University through advising, committee work, and other service activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Clearly defined scholarship agenda relevant to social work and a commitment to strong teaching.
  • Interest in developing an MSW program and the CSWE accrediting process, and assuming a leadership role within the department.
  • We seek collegial faculty who view themselves foremost as educators and possess a commitment to, and knowledge of, effective teaching strategies.
  • Familiarity with teaching generalist practice social work courses, as well as policy.
  • Background working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups and/or diverse students.
  • Ability to contribute to fostering diversity of the campus, the curriculum, and/or academic division.
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching in a university that blends the liberal arts with a generalist-focused professional education in social work.
  • Knowledge of CSWE accrediting standards.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Social Work, DSW, or closely related field.
  • MSW from a CSWE accredited program plus two years post-MSW practice experience.
  • Previous experience teaching in an MSW program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous teaching experience in micro and/or macro practice.
  • Practice experience in medical social work.
  • Previous undergraduate teaching experience.
  • Previous graduate teaching experience.
  • Program leadership experience.
  • Experience working with diverse students.
  • Professional faculty who view themselves as inclusive educators who are committed to supporting students as they discover their vocation.
  • Understanding of the impact of race and other forms of diversity on social work practice.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your online application including:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address pedagogical methods that address learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, attention to diverse perspectives or methodologies in research and publications, and address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity;
  • list of three references.

Teaching evaluations will be requested from semi-finalists.

For questions or more information, please contact David Simpson at [email protected].

Other Information:
The Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and has maintained accreditation since 1975. Diversity is a core value and foundational concept in the Department of Social Work and we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse faculty, staff, and student community. One third of our most recent graduating class of social work students were students of color and approximately half of our current cohorts are also students of color. We have strong ties to the community and place a strong emphasis on collaborative approaches to complex social issues. Faculty seek to advance the University’s vision of academic distinction through our emphasis on service to the University, the department, and the community, student-faculty collaboration in research and service projects, and by helping students find their own paths to meaningful and successful lives.

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2018-19 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 33 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.

PLU is dedicated to developing ethical, educated, thinking leaders by challenging students to identify and ask questions of meaning and value in their own lives.