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Assistant Professor of Practice

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

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Position Summary:

The University of Alabama School of Social Work invites applications for two (2) faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice (Renewable Contract, Non Tenure Track), to begin August 2023. 

Primary responsibilities will include: (1) Developing and teaching practice and clinical courses in our MSW Program (main campus and online) and in our primarily distance Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program; (2) Advising DSW program students (with emphasis on advising students on their comprehensive papers and capstone projects); (3) Prepare and present content at the on-campus DSW residencies that take place each summer; (4) Demonstrate achievement in original research and scholarship; and (5) Teach practice courses in our BSW program, as needed. Applicants must have clinical experience. Areas of clinical expertise are open (e.g., trauma-informed care, addictions), though applicants with advanced clinical training in evidence supported modalities are preferred. This is a 9-month position, with a summer supplement for DSW residency responsibilities. 

Successful candidates must have an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution, at least three years of post-MSW social work experience, and a doctorate degree. A DSW or PhD in social work degree is preferred, though a doctoral degree in a related discipline will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who: (1) have teaching and curriculum development experience, especially as it pertains to best practices in online education; (2) have knowledge of social work evaluation methodologies and experience in evaluating practice; (3) have experience mentoring graduate students; (4) can make positive contributions to the MSW and DSW Programs’ goals in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through curriculum and activities; and (5) have post-DSW/PhD practice experience. 

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.  Additionally, our School is ranked among the top 20% of Best Grad Schools for Social Work in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.  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) practice experience, b) teaching experience,  research and scholarship experience, and d) 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 positions are 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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