Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Social Work

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 19, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Lesley University:

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer substantial paid time off, a generous retirement plan, and tuition programs that enable employees and their dependents to expand their knowledge and skills.

Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.

Job Description:

Lesley seeks a faculty member at the rank of Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Social Work, who will serve to teach courses in our newly launched MSW Program. This is a nine-month core faculty position with an expected teaching load of six to seven courses annually.

The selected individual, reporting to the MSW Program Director, will teach courses, develop, and assess the curriculum; contribute to the development of a neurodiversity focus and specialization; provide mentorship to MSW candidates; participate in the accreditation process; engage in scholarship and service to the program, school, University, and the social work profession; join our thriving program which prepares graduates for the LCSW and LICSW through the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure; and contribute to the development of an innovative program which prepares social justice minded, competent, advanced generalist social workers. The MSW program builds on Lesley's strengths in the mental health and human services fields including the renowned Threshold program, which is a non-degree postsecondary program for young adults with diverse learning, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. The successful candidate will have social work practice, research, and/or policy experience in serving neurodiverse clients and advancing opportunity equity; a demonstrated commitment to and effectiveness in teaching, disability justice, reflective practice, and scholarship; and an ability to create inclusive classroom environments with experience supporting and mentoring diverse learners.


The successful candidate will have a master's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program; have demonstrable expertise in effective, innovative approaches to social work practice, policy, research, and/or pedagogy; use inclusive and innovative pedagogy to cultivate dynamic learning environments to support diverse learners; be able to demonstrate effective Social Work teaching across teaching modalities; have social work practice, research, and/or policy experience with diverse populations including neurodiverse clients or systems and in advancing opportunity equity; have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; have a current LICSW in Massachusetts or qualifications and willingness to procure; and be committed and able to contribute to the development, revision and assessment of the MSW program and curriculum. An earned doctorate in Social Work or related field conferred by December 1, 2020, familiarity or experience with and capacity to contribute to CSWE accreditation processes, experience with curriculum development and assessment of student learning outcomes/professional competencies, experience with course design for virtual and in-person delivery, and experience with action-based research preferred.

Additional Information:

At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.

Application Instructions:

A letter of interest and CV/resume; contact information for three references; a teaching portfolio including a description of a classroom experience that reflects your teaching philosophy, a statement describing your prior experiences, activities, and/or future plans to advance diversity and inclusion, social justice/equity perspectives, as well as multi-cultural competencies in clinical work and/or teaching, and the most recent two years of teaching evaluations; and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.

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