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Assistant Professor of Practice, MSW Program Director

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022

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The University of Alabama School of Social Work invites applications for one (1) faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice (Renewable Contract, Non Tenure-track) that will also serve as MSW Program Director to begin August 16, 2023. 

The MSW Program Director is a full-time, 9-month faculty line with an administrative stipend and three-year renewable appointment. In addition to administrative leadership of the MSW Program and instruction, the successful candidate will engage in teaching, scholarship of professional practice, profession-related community engagement, and service to the School, University, and profession. 

The UA MSW Program is ranked in the top 20% of social work programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and was the first public MSW degree in Alabama accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program is one of the largest social work programs in Alabama, graduating students from Campus and Distance Learning options. The program offers a trauma-focused, social justice-infused curriculum.

We are looking for candidates with social work practice, teaching, and administrative experience who can advance our commitment to racial equity and social justice. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to student-centered pedagogy and engaged learning and have online teaching and course development experience.

Successful candidates must have an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution, at least three years of post-MSW social work experience, and a doctoral degree. A DSW or PhD in social work degree is preferred, though a doctoral degree in a related discipline will be considered. 

SPECIAL NOTE TO APPLICANTS: As a School, we prioritize promoting practices and structures that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and in the community. The inclusion of underrepresented groups across UASSW is essential to facilitate the contributions of diverse leaders with distinctive ideas within the discipline. Our School is committed to cultivating culturally sustaining practices and community-engaged research in health, behavioral health, and social and economic justice solutions for Alabama, nationally, and internationally.

The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, established in 1965, has an accomplished faculty of 23 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 13 full-time teaching faculty members, and over 30 dedicated professional and support staff members.  We have a vibrant student body with a combined enrollment of over 600 students across our BSW, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs.  For additional information about our school, please visit our website at

The University of Alabama, founded in 1831, is the state’s flagship institution.  The University holds an R1, very high research, Carnegie classification and has an enrollment of over 38,000 students. We are located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a vibrant community of over 100,000 residents that was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. For information about working at The University of Alabama see

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  New faculty are provided a generous start up package.  

To apply, candidates should go to to complete an online application and upload the following:

  • A cover letter which includes statement of a) higher education administrative experience; b) practice experience; c) teaching experience; d) research and scholarship experience; and e) description of how you employ an anti-oppression lens into your work;
  • One article or article-length writing sample;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations; peer observations of teaching);
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  The expected start date is August 16, 2023. Confidential inquiries about the positions may be sent to Dr. Brenda Smith, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Alabama is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. The School strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color, and members of other underrepresented groups

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