Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 02, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position

We seek a dynamic and high-energy person to be a faculty member of the School of Social Work in Dominican University’s College of Applied Social Sciences starting August 2021. The School offers a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work and maintains a distinctive presence in Chicago and surrounding areas. With 10 full-time staff and faculty and a group of experienced and committed part-time faculty, the School is well-positioned to meet the needs of the social work profession and provide access to the profession for students from underrepresented communities in a highly inter-professional and inter-disciplinary setting. An expanded profile of the University and the School of Social Work can be found on the School of Social Work website:   Required Qualifications:
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program
  • PhD in Social Work or related field (ABD is acceptable with the completion by May 2022)
  • Practice, research, and/or policy experience with diverse populations and communities
  • Teaching experience (online, hybrid, and in-person) 
  Preferred Qualifications:
  • One or more areas of expertise: Health & Wellbeing, Community Practice, Military or related areas
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience (clinical or community-based)
  • Social work clinical license
  • Experience with federal and foundational grants
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Publication experience 
  • Committed to working with first-generation, immigrant, and/or underrepresented students and students of color
  Primary Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the school's overall social work curriculum, initiate and publish research, teach three graduate level courses per semester, advise and mentor MSW students, and serve on school, college and University committees. There will be opportunities for the candidate to participate in and/or leading grants, academic affairs, and faculty development.   About the School:  Dominican University School is a private, Catholic teaching institution with a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) program whose mission is centered on truth, compassion, empowerment, and social justice. The School of Social Work prepares professional social workers for globally focused, family-centered practice through rigorous education, practice, research, and service. We offer our program at our main campus in River Forest, IL, at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, and online. The School has a strong commitment to principles of diversity, social justice, and equity. Starting fall 2021, we will have advanced generalist concentrations with focus in the areas of military, gerontology, child welfare, health & wellbeing, school social work, and global social work for immigrants and refugees. We offer dual degrees with the Brennan School of Business, the School of Information Studies, and the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program. We have received two substantial federal grants to support students from underserved communities.   About the University:  Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 11 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.   The student body reflects social, economic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The total student body is 71% female, 48% Hispanic/Latinx, and 6% Black/African-American, and 48% of undergraduates are first-generation college students. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see   Application: Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online at provide the following documents:  
  • Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy and research agenda
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three professional references
  Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.   Applications will be accepted starting in August of 2020, and review will begin in September and continue until the position is filled.    Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.