Assistant Professor - Social Work

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 23, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Washington, School of Social Work invites applications for two Assistant Professor tenure track positions, which specialize in the study of race and racial inequities, effective September 1, 2021. Each is a full-time position, with a 9-month service period, September 16 through June 15 annually.

Our faculty are talented and innovative scholars, ringing depth and experience in clinical/direct practice and culturally responsive research. They are productive and creative colleagues who display knowledge in bringing fresh perspectives and depth to the science of social work, incorporate inter-professional and trans-disciplinary perspectives, and who are drawn to work in a faculty focused on many of the Grand Challenges that have been identified in the profession.

The University of Washington School of Social Work is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative, broadly collaborative, and rigorous engagement with complex social issues. Hallmarks of the School include its leadership in identifying and addressing the Grand Challenges; cutting-edge programs of prevention and intervention research; pioneering research using indigenous methodologies, innovative educational programs; and the quality of its graduates. Located in a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse urban setting, the School has strong interdisciplinary and community ties, and ranks among the top schools of social work in the country. Support for faculty teaching and research includes both internal departmental supports as well as University-wide centers and initiatives. The School of Social Work is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse, inclusive and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to research, teaching and working in a global multicultural environment.

Our School’s social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching, and service, demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations.

Tenure track faculty implement and maintain productive research trajectories with a commitment to exemplary scholarship, high quality publications, and preparation of fundable research proposals. They teach at the BASW, MSW and PhD levels. Faculty participate in shared governance of the School and serve on committees that implement the School’s vision across curricular, research and community activities. Among the core missions of the School of Social Work are social justice; educating a deeply diverse student body holding a range of worldviews; and, leveraging a faculty actuating a commitment to work in marginalized communities.

All candidates must have a PHD or foreign equivalent in Social Work or an appropriate social or health science discipline.

Applicants should be recent graduates or early career assistant professors within 3 – 5 years of receiving their doctorate.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  •  Possession of an MSW
  •  Experience in direct or clinical social work practice
  •  Published research on the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and inequity and their consequences
  •  A history of collaborative engagement with and deep commitment to Black communities
  •  Scholarship focused on the study of race and structural racism experienced in Black communities
  •  An active program of research in progress, or an outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline
  •  A strong commitment to excellent teaching
  •  Documented expertise in bringing depth and experience in clinical/direct practice and culturally responsive research
  •  Knowledge in bringing fresh perspectives and depth to the science of social work
  •  Ability to incorporate inter-professional and trans-disciplinary perspectives

Please submit the following materials:
 1. Letter of application outlining research, teaching, and practice areas;
 2. Curriculum vitae;
 3. Contact information of five references;
 4. Copies of teaching evaluations and samples of course syllabi, and
 5. Examples of scholarly work

Inquiries can be directed to: Dr. Karina Walters ( or Dr. Mike Spencer (, subject line: Application for Assistant Professor.


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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

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