Assistant Professor - 12412BR

Assistant Professor

Social Welfare
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas (KU) School of Social Welfare is seeking dynamic candidates for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to begin in Fall 2019. The successful candidates will contribute to the School’s mission to promote social, economic, and environmental justice in an environment dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should have a viable research agenda in areas that advance the core tenets of the School’s mission ( Preference will be given to candidates with experience and/or interest in teaching clinical coursework.

The School is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty and staff engaged in racial and social justice. The successful candidates will have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in social work education; have been involved in community-engaged research, teaching, and/or service; and be able to demonstrate a commitment to deliberate and continuing examination of social conditions and solutions.

The KU School of Social Welfare is housed on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus which offers BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. BSW and MSW programs are also offered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, as well as the Western Kansas MSW program on the Fort Hays State University and Garden City Community College campuses.

Situated in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area, the School of Social Welfare plays a central role in the life of the University of Kansas. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral / very high research activity university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science disciplines.

The School provides a variety of teaching opportunities at our Lawrence, Edwards, and Western Kansas campuses as well as multiple formats including traditional, classroom-based instruction as well as hybrid and online classes.

The successful candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

Standard workload expectations are as follows:

40% Teaching: Teach a regular course load to include undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

40% Research: Establish a research program leading to scholarly activity and publications.

20% Service: Participate in school, university and community service activities

Required Qualifications

  • An earned graduate degree in social work and a doctorate in social work or a closely aligned applied social science field. If ABD, the dissertation must be successfully defended by the position start date.
  • A minimum of 1 semester prior experience teaching (e.g., instructor, teaching assistant) in at least one core curriculum area.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an innovative body of research and scholarship as evidenced by scholarly publications, presentations, and other scholarly activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in, or a viable plan for, securing external research funding individually or as part of a research team.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application package includes: an online application, a cover letter (addressing research interests, teaching philosophy, and service interests), curriculum vitae, a list of three professional references, copy of teaching evaluations (where available), and a current writing sample.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2018 and continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. First round interviews are tentatively scheduled to occur during the first two weeks of October 2018. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date is advised. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

For more information, please contact one of the Search Committee Co-Chairs:

Amy Mendenhall, MSW PhD
Associate Dean of Research & Associate Professor

Andrew Zinn, MSW PhD
Doctoral Program Director & Associate Professor

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