Assistant Professor Social Work - Mental Health: MSW Clinical Practice

Department: Social Work
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s): MSW Clinical Practice Position: Mental Health and Substance Use
Search # 22-020


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 an innovative, student-centric university, 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 enrollments of approximately 160 undergraduates, 220 master’s degree students, and 15 doctoral students per year.  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 by the Council of Social Work Education for the next eight years. 

Southern faculty believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship or creative activity. Thus, successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach that can enhance our current efforts and mission.

Brief Description of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University seeks applicants to 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 impacted 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.   

The Department of Social Work seeks to fill a full time, tenure track position to begin August 2022.  Primary responsibilities will be teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs, with a focus on the MSW program; active engagement in scholarly activity; department and university service; professional activity; community engagement; and student advisement across all three programs. The MSW program has four specialized fields of practice. The mental health and substance use field of practice is offered as a typical model with on ground and hybrid course options as well as a weekend cohort model.

Required Education 

  • MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program 
  • Doctoral degree in social work or a related field by August 2022 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching 
  • Demonstrate the capacity to produce peer-reviewed scholarship
  • Substantive expertise in clinical practice with mental health and substance use disorders
  • A minimum of two years post-MSW clinical practice experience

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with and teaching diverse populations as indicated in the above description of the study body 
  • Two or more years of experience teaching social work at the undergraduate or graduate level in online, hybrid and on ground formats  
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship/creative activity 
  • Clinical practice experience with a range of populations, ages, and/or settings 
  • LCSW or CADC or equivalent license

Application Process 

Please electronically submit 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 in various delivery formats; and
  3. description of capacity for scholarly work and research trajectory including grant funding opportunities.  

In addition, please electronically submit:  

  1. a current curriculum vitae,
  2. a one-page statement addressing teaching philosophy and decolonizing or anti-oppressive pedagogical strategies,
  3. a one-page statement addressing scholarly agenda,  

and three letters of recommendation to: Social Work Search Chairperson at Best consideration will be given to complete applications received by December 30, 2021. 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.