Assistant Professor - Department of Social Work

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work


The Department of Social Work invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-line assistant professor faculty position focusing on clinical social work intervention research and populations including but not limited to, child and family welfare, and children’s and women’s rights.


George Mason University, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest, most diverse, and innovative public university in Virginia with more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation’s capital. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and it strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. The University recently established an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force to make certain that Mason is an inclusive and equitable campus community where everyone is valued, supported, and experiences a sense of belonging.


About the College:

The College of Health and Human Services is located in the new Peterson Family Health Science Hall, which has 165,000 square feet of offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and wet and dry labs. The College has accredited degree programs in Social Work, Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, and Nursing. The College’s research infrastructure includes DSHI (Discovery Science and Health Informatics Center with a Machine Learning Lab), imaging resources (DEXA, fMRI, movement capture) as well as physical and metabolic human assessment tools. The College operates a Population Health Center that supports primary and behavioral health care, research, and training and where the Department of Social Work’s faculty and students, alongside their transdisciplinary collaborators and community partners, can deliver behavioral health and work together to address some of the profession’s most pressing social challenges. The College is strategically transitioning to become a College of Public Health. Further information about the College may be found at:


About the Department:

The Department of Social Work has internationally recognized faculty for their expertise in areas of behavioral health, older adults, children and youth, and immigration, with a proud history of faculty-student-community research collaborations. The Department of Social Work offers BSW and MSW degree programs with an educational and research mission focusing on practice and policy interventions that improve health and well-being and promote economic and social justice, particularly for marginalized individuals, families, and communities. It has recently launched a highly-enrolled online MSW degree program and is building a PhD degree. The department comprises 18 faculty and serves approximately 200 BSW and 275 MSW students.



The successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Develop or continue a program of original research;
  • Engage in collaborative research;
  • Teach and mentor students;
  • Establish and/or bring an extramurally funded research program;
  • Engage in professional service in support of advancing the College’s mission;
  • To the extent possible, faculty will be expected to synergistically contribute to the development of courses, degree programs, and research.


Required Qualifications:

  • An earned Doctoral degree in social work or closely-related discipline;
  • An earned MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program and two or more years of post-MSW practice experience;
  • Ability to teach BSW and MSW practice courses and mentor undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Evidence of research excellence as measured by publications in or submissions to peer-reviewed journals; pursuit of or being awarded external grant funding; and acceptance as a peer-reviewed presenter for conferences or invitations to present as an expert in professional settings;
  • Evidence of or a willingness to provide service within academic, professional, or community settings.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates for assistant professorships ideally should have postdoctoral fellowship training with an established trajectory of refereed publications and evidence of research funding (intra- or extramurally funded grants or awards);
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can teach a range of direct practice/clinical courses for BSW/MSW students.


Special Instructions to Applicants      

Applicants must apply for positions at using the online submission system: and designating position. Applications must include: 1) a cover letter of interest, (2) statement of teaching philosophy, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) a list of three references with full contact information, (5) a diversity statement [see prompt below], and (6) research statement of interests and goals.


Candidates who are invited for a campus interview must arrange for the search committee to receive three professional letters of reference prior to their campus interview. An offer of employment is contingent upon background verification.


Diversity Statement Prompt:

Have you worked with any individuals in a teaching, mentorship or advisory capacity who are from marginalized groups? If so, how did you help them identify and overcome barriers to success? Think about your experience with research mentorship, teaching or tutoring, academic advising, and community mentorship. (No more than 2 paragraphs)


Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications submitted through will be reviewed. Please send email inquiries to Dr. JoAnn Lee, Search Committee Chair, at


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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