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Assistant Professor (Direct Social Work Practice) in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy,

Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Chicago, Illinois
Competitive salary and benefits
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2023

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice (Crown Family
School) invites applications for a tenure-track, early career, Assistant Professor whose scholarship
advances direct social work practice. Successful applicants will be engaged in scholarship that is
theoretically and empirically driven, innovative, methodologically rigorous, critically attentive to
the structures of power, oppression and inequality, and has implications for improving social work

The successful applicant’s scholarly agenda may encompass research questions involving
transforming direct practice, improving service access and quality, clinical processes, community-
engaged and participatory research, intervention research, prevention science, and
implementation science. Findings from this research may be applicable to or across fields of
practice such as health, mental health, disability justice, substance use, homelessness, school
social work, gerontology, refugee and immigration services, or global health. The successful
applicant’s scholarly agenda should be relevant to groups who experience exclusion,
discrimination, or stigma, and/or have the potential to address inequities across demographic

Successful applicants should have the potential for securing future funding that matches the
candidate’s substantive research agenda. Teaching and mentoring is expected at all levels, but
primarily at the masters and doctoral levels.

Successful candidates will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor. Successful candidates
at an early career stage may be offered the option of accepting an initial two-year appointment
as Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Instructor. This
initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a traditional postdoctoral appointment and is
designed to support early-career scholars as they prepare for a review for promotion to Assistant
Professor at the end of their two-year term. Candidates who are offered the option of
appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow and accept will teach a reduced course load and join a
cohort of Fellows to participate in programming designed to support their entry into the
professorial ranks. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024, or after.

The Crown Family School builds upon a legacy of more than a century of scholarship, education
and leadership in social work and social welfare, blending a distinctive interdisciplinary tradition
with applied problem solving to foster innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing
social problems. For more information about the Crown School, please visit our website at:

Applicants must possess a doctorate (or have a doctorate by the date of appointment) in social
work or a related field that specializes in clinical/helping processes, as well as an MSW with two
years of post-MSW practice experience or equivalent direct practice experience for non-social
work fields. Successful candidates also will have an interest in and ability to teach direct practice

Candidates should submit a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a statement that outlines research
and teaching interests, and two writing samples that best represent the applicant’s approach;
applicants at the dissertation stage must include part or all of their dissertation as one writing
sample. Contact information for at least three references must also be included; references will
be contacted to request a letter of reference after an initial review of submitted materials and
candidates will be notified prior to contact.

Consideration of applications will begin on October 9, 2023 and will continue until the position is
filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged.

Please apply online at the Academic Recruitment web page at the University of Chicago website
using the following link:

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of
backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values
freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.
We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the
highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of
individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.
The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans
Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected
veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional
information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should
call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

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