Assistant Professor - Social Work

Wisconsin, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 18, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

This full-time, tenure track faculty position in the Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is at the rank of Assistant Professor. The teaching load is 12 credits per semester. As this is a small program, flexibility in the ability to teach a variety of courses is expected. Compensation is based upon qualifications, including both education and experience.



  • 70% – Teach a variety of courses in BSW curriculum suited to experience and expertise, including supervising a portion of field placements as Faculty Liaison and facilitating/teaching weekly SOWK 472 Field Instruction sessions.
  • 15% – Engage in research, scholarly, or creative activity that supports University programs.
  • 15% – Actively participate in committee work, advise students and mentor undergraduate research and creative activities, seek professional development, and provide service to external stakeholders.


  • An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program is required.
  • A doctorate in social work or related field is required.
  • At least 2 years post MSW full time experience in professional social work practice is required.
  • ACSW eligibility is required.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in higher education is required.
  • Flexibility to teach all courses in BSW curriculum is required.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitments to inclusivity, equity, and social justice is required.


  • A doctorate in social work is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability teaching BSW students with a variety of learner focused methodologies, reflecting high impact teaching practice
  • Utilization of technology that enhances teaching and learning is preferred.
  • Post-MSW licensure is preferred.


Applicants are required to apply online. UWRF will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications.

Applicants are required to provide:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter specifying interest in the position, qualifications, and statement of experience
  • Unofficial transcript of highest degree earned (official copies of all conferred degrees will be required if hired)
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation



Inquiries should be addressed to:
Courtney Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Committee Chair

Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by March 21, 2021.



Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity.  The university's strategic focus on international education and partnerships encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the development of a global perspective and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships, both local and global.

UW-River Falls Diversity Statement:

We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.

 The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

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