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Assistant Professor of Social Work - Tenure Track

The University of Alabama
Alabama, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2017

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The University of Alabama

School of Social Work




Assistant Professor of Social Work – Tenure Track

(One faculty position effective 8/16/2018)


Position Summary

The University of Alabama School of Social Work invites applications for one tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is a nine-month, full time, 1.0 FTE academic appointment scheduled to begin August 16, 2017. Responsibilities involve teaching (online and face-to-face), research (including sponsored research), scholarly activities, advising, field liaison and service. Faculty hired for this position will have the opportunity to teach across our bachelors, masters and doctoral programs  


We seek a talented and innovative scholar who is actively engaged in research and will bring depth to their teaching and service to the University, community and profession. As a community of knowledge builders, we are looking for a productive and creative colleague who, through scholarship, research and teaching, will bring new perspectives to the synthesis of practice, policy, theory and research.  


Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Social Work/Social Welfare or related discipline (e.g., education, human development/family studies, or public health) and a MSW with a minimum of two years post MSW practice experience.  Candidates must have a strong record of scholarship, which includes published research in refereed journals and/or books. We are strongly invested in recruiting colleagues who, in their practice and research, demonstrate experience with, knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and underrepresented populations and communities. Applicants should have an interest and expertise in reaching our diverse student body through online education, as well as in person.


Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with a track record of grant writing and/or sponsored research and demonstrated competence in teaching face-to-face and online will be given extra consideration.  Although all substantive areas will be seriously considered, we are especially interested in applicants who have expertise in the areas of behavioral health, community mental health practice, military social work or social work practice with veterans. Post-doc experience preferred.



School of Social Work

The University’s School of Social Work, established in 1966, has an accomplished faculty of 24 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 11 full-time teaching faculty and 21 dedicated professional and support staff. The School has a long-standing internship program in Washington, DC and several international initiatives in locations including China, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Korea, Uganda and Ghana. The school enjoys good relationships with federal, state and local social service, health and educational agencies and institutions. We have a strong and vibrant alumni community.


Faculty have excellent support for research and teaching, including state-of-the-art computing equipment, multi-media classrooms, workload credit for research, a School of Social Work Office of Research and opportunities to work with nationally-prominent research colleagues. For more information, please visit the School’s website:


The University of Alabama

The University is located in a vibrant, energetic college community in the center of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Located on 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways, it is among the most beautiful campuses in the country. The University of Alabama has an enrollment of more than 36,000 students. Founded in 1831, it is the state’s oldest public university and the state’s flagship university. In recent years, it has achieved impressive growth in student enrollment and research funding. The university is ranked as a higher research university according to Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and a community engaged campus according to the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. Additionally, our school was recently ranked in the top 50 schools of social work in the country according to US News and World Report.


The Community

The city of Tuscaloosa is located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in west central Alabama. Approximately 200,000 people live in or near the Tuscaloosa metropolitan area. Our community offers good neighborhood public and private schools, low crime rates, affordable housing, and excellent recreational opportunities. Residents are within easy driving distance to other fine destinations and regions, such as Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and the Great Smoky Mountains.



Rank and salary are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation includes a benefits package with healthcare, reduced tuition rates and retirement. New faculty are provided a generous start up package which includes a discretionary budget, a graduate research assistant, priority opportunities to apply for university and school wide research funding, support for grant submission and administration, temporary reduced teaching schedule, and in-house library support. Summer teaching is typically available.


Application Process

We invite applications from well-qualified individuals who meet the minimum qualifications. The School strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups.


 Please submit the following documents to:


  • Letter of interest (in your cover letter, please address how your application meets the minimum and preferred qualifications, your research agenda, and your interest in teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for THREE references




Review of applications begins Dec. 5, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.



Confidential inquiries may be directed to:

Javonda Williams, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Chair, Search Committee,

The University of Alabama School of Social Work,

Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0314;    205-348-3926



The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Institution.  Reasonable accommodation in the application and interview process may be requested by contacting Dr. Williams.


Please visit our websites for additional information about the School of Social Work,, and The University of Alabama,

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