Assistant Professor – Social Work (Special Appointment)

Special Appointment - Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Social Work
Rank: Assistant Professor   

Southern Connecticut State University is located on the New Haven/Hamden border of Connecticut. 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. 

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, visiting faculty member to begin August 2023.  The position has the opportunity for up to two additional years of renewal and candidates may be eligible for future open tenure track positions. 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. 

Required Qualifications 

Candidates must possess an MSW from a CSWE accredited program. Experience teaching in social work higher education; 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 anti-oppressive teaching and multiple modalities of course delivery; demonstrated record of internal and external funding, practice experience with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders; LCSW or equivalent social work license. Candidates are preferred to possess a doctoral degree in social work or a related field; ABD candidates will be considered. 

About the University and Department

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 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 2022, 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. 

Application Process

Please submit electronically a letter of interest that addresses (1) practice experience and its relationship to diversity and anti-oppressive practice, and (2) teaching experience in one or more social work curriculum areas including teaching and learning with diverse populations. Additionally, submit a current curriculum vitae, a one-page statement addressing teaching philosophy and strategies, and three references to: Social Work Search Chairperson at  Best consideration will be given to complete applications received by March 31, 2023.  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.