Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work

New Mexico, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Job Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work Rank Assistant/Associate Professor Classification Title Tenure Track Position Summary

New Mexico Highlands University is an open admissions university with over 70% minority population (Hispanic, Native American, or African American), 40% of whom study at the master’s degree level. The University is committed to student success and improved retention and graduation rates. NMHU serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus in Las Vegas, NM (one hour east of Santa Fe) and another 1,300 students at centers in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Farmington. The University student body’s catchment area includes 42 states, 25 regional Native American pueblos and tribes, and 35 foreign countries. For more information about the University, please visit the website at For a campus tour, please visit the website at

New Mexico Highlands University Facundo Valdez School of Social Work is the oldest school of social work in New Mexico, dating back to 1974. It is also one of the oldest schools in the Southwest accredited by the Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE ), with fully accredited BSW and MSW programs, and fully accredited MSW program concentrations in; Clinical Practice, Bilingual/Bicultural Clinical Practice (Spanish-English) and Leadership and Administration. Each social work program is situated in close proximity to one or more of the 19 Native American pueblos and the four tribes; Navajo Nation (Diné), Jicarilla Apache, Fort Sill and Mescalero Apache tribes. Given the demographics of New Mexico, The Facundo Valdez School of Social Work has a primary commitment to Hispanic/Latinx and Indigenous (Native American) populations.

The School prepares students to practice social work sensitively and competently with the diverse multicultural populations of New Mexico and the Southwest in both rural and urban environments. The curriculum grounds students in social work skills, values, ethical principles, and awareness of and respect for culture, language, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, social class, and spiritual beliefs and practices. The School prepares undergraduate and graduate student for generalist and advanced clinical or macro practice through the integration of classroom knowledge and field practicum instruction.

Applications are invited for two nine‐month, tenure‐track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with a contract starting August 2021. Both positions will be based at the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

Faculty responsibilities include instruction of 12 credits or their equivalent per semester in any of the six curriculum areas in undergraduate or graduate courses: clinical social work practice, HBSE, policy, research, community practice, and field education. In addition to teaching, the selected candidate will be expected to engage in service to the School and University to include; advisement of undergraduate and/or graduate students; assist with program development and maintenance, assist in development and delivery of online courses/programming, and participation in School and University committees and work groups. Participation in area community activities; and continued professional growth as evidenced by research, publication, involvement in professional associations and continuing education are also expected.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree ( DSW, Ph.D., Ed.D, or PsyD) in social work or a related discipline AND an earned MSW or MSSW from a CSWE -accredited social work program with a minimum of two years post masters social work practice experience. ABD status applicants will be considered. Valid New Mexico social work licensure or eligibility for social work licensure during the term of the teaching appointment is required. Familiarity with the generalist, person‐in‐environment and diversity models of social work practice is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Teaching experience at a post-secondary institution is preferred. Demonstrable participation in community partnership, professional practice experience and/or curriculum/program development and teaching, with a particular emphasis on Hispanic/Latinx and/or Indigenous populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. A record of accomplishment in the area of a) research, b) scholarly, peer‐reviewed publication, c) community intervention and d) clinical social work practice, together with the ability to demonstrate specialized knowledge of, and social work practice with, Hispanic/Latinx and/or Indigenous communities of New Mexico and the Southwest is preferred.

Early application is strongly encouraged. These positions will remain open until April 5, 2021.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

See Duties and Responsibilities, Minimum Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications.

Work Location Albuquerque/SW Campus
Posting Number F212P Posting Open Date 02/25/2021 Posting Close Date 04/05/2021 Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application must include 1) a letter of interest/application, 2) curriculum vita, 3) unofficial copies of advanced degree transcripts, and 4) names/address/phone numbers of three professional references in online application.

References will be contacted in conjunction with on‐campus interview (may be conducted virtually) and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the on‐campus interview.
For more detailed information regarding the position you may contact Dr. Ben Bencomo at New Mexico Highlands University; e-mail:

For disabled access or services call (505)454‐3242 or email

Quick Link Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment or an advanced ABD by the date of the appointment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  3. Please describe the attributes that will make you a strong candidate for this position

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Do you have experience with Desire2Learn or another learning management system?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts Conferring Required Degree
Optional Documents
  1. Letter(s) of Recommendation

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