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Associate Professor, Family Therapy and Social Work

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 12, 2022
Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The Department of Family Therapy and Social Work in the School of Education and Human Development invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Associate Professor position in the CSWE accredited Masters of Social Work, Clinical Specialist program beginning Spring 2023.

The successful candidate will oversee and administer all aspects of the hybrid program (both online and on-campus) as outlined in the CSWE accreditation standards, including classroom/virtual instruction; curriculum development; recruitment and retention of MSW students; and liaison within the School of Social Work and programs within the School of Education and Human Development. The teaching load is 3 courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters with a 50% teaching release as per CSWE accreditation standards for program direction. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and the use of technology in the classroom. The MSW Program Director will work closely with the MSW Field Director on all issues related to MSW field placements. Additionally, this candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the program meet accreditation standards and complete assessment reports as required.

Candidates must demonstrate experience and a commitment to the profession and practice of clinical social work. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a research/scholarly agenda on anti-racism within the US context, including interpersonal and structural racism, bias, and/or health/mental health inequities. The candidate should demonstrate experience in engagement with under-served populations and a commitment to the mission of advancing human rights and social justice in teaching, service, scholarship and clinical social work practice.

The MSW program has a strong commitment to preparing clinical social workers who are devoted to equity, diversity, inclusion, and racial justice. We successfully prepare social workers with a strong focus on social justice, grounded in our Jesuit mission and values. Our graduates are prepared to address inequities in mental health care and make a substantive difference as systemic change agents for clients in agencies and children and youth. Our MSW program embodies this vision.

Program Mission Statement

The MSW program at Fairfield University prepares graduates to recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of all people and promotes the wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The program is committed to serving a diverse society and advancing respect for diversity, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice. The program seeks to prepare graduates who possess strong knowledge, skills and values, and uphold the highest standards of professional social work practice. The program educates students in collaboration with community partners and advances the social work profession through the scholarly contributions of faculty and students.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide leadership in the MSW program and coordinate all aspects of the MSW Program and course instruction
  • Collaborate and provide leadership in team-building
  • Address student and faculty concerns and ideas for program improvement
  • Teaching graduate level courses in MSW program
  • Developing/maintaining an ongoing research agenda which includes scholarly publication
  • Advise graduate students
  • Serve on School and University committees
  • Collaborate with other departments in the School of Education and Human Development and across the university.
  • Oversee CSWE accreditation and assessment and outcome reporting
The successful candidate will:
  • Hold a doctoral degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program.
  • Demonstrate research, scholarship and practice experience with people of color and other underserved groups
  • Be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the state of Connecticut.
  • Demonstrated capacity to teach across the Social Work curriculum and populations including children, adolescents and families, social policy, and clinical practice and supervision.
  • Demonstrated use of theories that inform the applicant’s research and teaching, such as but not limited to, theories of anti-racism, intersectional theories, theories of oppression, or critical race theory.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social justice in practice, teaching, and/or research.
  • Have experience implementing initiatives to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion at the program/departmental/community levels.
  • Be active in professional organizations and university service.
  • Bilingual fluency valued.
The salary and benefit package are competitive. The position is open until filled.

Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please click "Apply Now" and upload the following materials:
  • a letter of application with a statement demonstrating commitment to EDI/Racial Justice or diversity.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • a statement of research trajectory
  • samples of syllabi and teaching evaluations if applicable
  • samples of recent publications or written work showcasing research trajectory
  • unofficial graduate transcript
  • names and contact information for three references
Note: If you have more than 5 documents to upload to your application, please combine them into 5 or less documents.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Fairfield University is a comprehensive, co-educational, Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located in the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT, one hour from New York City. Consistently ranked as a top comprehensive university in New England, Fairfield enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the School of Engineering, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical values.

Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Fairfield University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.

In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Fairfield University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from persons of color, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Fairfield University and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions are committed to social justice in their pursuit to address the world’s urgent problems.

To learn more about how Fairfield University supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University, please visit

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Rona Preli, Department Chair at



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