Assistant/Associate Professor – Social Work (Equity/Social Mobility)

Department:  Social Work
Rank: Assistant/Associate
Specialization(s): Equity/Social Mobility
Search # 20-032




Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 


The Department of Social Work has BSW, MSW and DSW programs, with current enrollments of approximately 160 undergraduates, 220 master’s degree students, and 30 doctoral students.  The department’s mission is to provide quality social work education to undergraduate and graduate students and to advance knowledge through study, practice, and research. In October 2013, the Social Work Department was reaccredited through the Council of Social Work Education for the next eight years.

Brief Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Department of Social Work seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track position to begin August 2020.  Primary responsibilities will be teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs; active engagement in scholarly activity; department and university service; professional activity; community engagement; and student advisement.


Successful applicants are individuals who can collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including undergraduate and graduate students as well as social workers and other professionals to engage in teaching, scholarly activity, and service to local, national and international communities affected by social injustices. Potential applicants will educate BSW, MSW, and DSW students in the use of anti-oppressive practices with diverse populations as they prepare bachelor’s level students for entry-level, professional social work positions and for advancement to graduate social work education, prepare master’s level graduates for professional social work positions, and prepare doctoral-level social workers for advanced clinical practice, university teaching, or management positions after graduation.

Required Qualifications:

  • MSW from a CSWE accredited program.
  • Doctoral degree in social work or a related field; ABD candidates considered.  If ABD, candidate must provide evidence of earned doctorate by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce peer-reviewed scholarship.
  • Expertise in social welfare policy, with a focus on poverty and economic inequality.
  • Practice experience in public assistance programs and policies or related area of social work policy practice.
  • A minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of experience teaching social work at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship.
  • Evidence of capability for successful grant acquisition.
  • Policy and/or community practice experience.
  • LMSW or equivalent social work license.

Application Process:

Please submit electronically a letter of interest that addresses: (1) practice experience and its relationship to diversity and anti-oppressive practice, (2) teaching experience in one or more social work curriculum areas including teaching and learning with diverse populations, and (3) description of past scholarly work and research trajectory including grant funding opportunities. Additionally, submit electronically a current curriculum vitae, a one page statement addressing teaching philosophy and strategies, a one page statement addressing scholarly agenda, and three letters of recommendation to: Social Work Search Committee Chairperson at  Best consideration will be given to complete applications received by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.