Assistant Professor - Social Work - DSW Program

Department: Social Work
Rank: Assistant

Specialization: DSW Program
Search # 21-018


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. 


Southern Connecticut State University is located on the New Haven/Hamden border of Connecticut, an area rich in art and culture. New Haven is an ethnically diverse city with over 33% of the population identifying as African American and over 30% identifying as Latinx and over 5% identifying as Asian. The student population at Southern Connecticut State University consists of over 17% identifying as African American, over 13% identifying as Latinx, resulting in an approximately 38% minority student population. 


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 through 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 2021.  Primary responsibilities will be teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs, with a focus on the DSW program; active engagement in scholarly activity; department and university service; professional activity; community engagement; and student advisement. The DSW program is a three-year online program with an annual week-long summer residency, a 240-hour externship and a four-semester capstone project. 

Required Qualifications: 

Candidates must possess an MSW from a CSWE accredited program and a doctoral degree in social work or a related field by August 2021. A demonstrated record of submitted grants and peer-reviewed scholarship is required. Two or more years of experience teaching social work at the graduate level; demonstrated effectiveness in working with and teaching diverse populations as indicated in the above description of the student body and a minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience are required. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience with interdisciplinary and/or anti-oppressive teaching, online course delivery and doctoral capstone/dissertation mentorship; demonstrated record of internal and external funding, experience managing accreditation processes, practice experience with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders; LCSW or equivalent social work license. 

Application Process:

Please submit electronically a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, official graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to: Social Work Search Committee Chair at


The letter of interest must address the candidate’s ability to effectively fulfill the job requirements for this position and describe area(s) of expertise.  For best consideration, all materials should be received electronically by Friday, October 30, 2020.  The position will remain open until filled.


All open faculty positions are subject to suspension pending state and Connecticut State University System budget.


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.