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Post-Doctoral Teaching and Learning in Social Work and Child Advocacy

Montclair State University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2023

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Job Description

Join a new and growing, dynamic department of practitioners and scholars dedicated to social justice as a post-doctoral teaching fellow. The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy (SWCA) invites applications for our university’s Post-Doctoral Teaching and Learning Fellows Program (PDTLF). This is a new program that is seeking to identify exceptional candidates who want to engage in teaching and advanced pedagogy to diverse students. The program provides mentoring support and allows interested candidates to develop a teaching repertoire that is deep that prepares students and guides them to engaged futures as social work practitioners.

SWCA offers minors in Child Advocacy and Policy and in Social Work, a BA and MA in Child Advocacy and Policy, and an MSW with a concentration in children, youth, and families. The PDTLF must be able to teach and work from an anti-oppressive and social justice lens and help us expand and build on our commitment to anti-oppressive pedagogy. Candidates from marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The PDTLF will teach in both the (1) Child Advocacy and Policy and (2) Social Work programs and will be paired with a faculty mentor for the duration of the position.

The PDTLF position will last one year (12 months), with the potential for renewal into a second year, and is targeted to support individuals who can benefit in a focused way from a university teaching experience. The fellow’s teaching load over 12 months would be 27 total credits, which is 9 courses, to be spread over the 12-month contract. In addition to teaching, the fellow would (1) hold workshops for our faculty/staff on DEI pedagogy; (2) advise the SWCA Curriculum Committee regarding recommended changes in course content on existing courses, new courses, and potential new programs; and (3) partner with chair, graduate program coordinators, and adjunct coordinator regarding infusing DEI perspectives into our pedagogy and other classroom-based activities.

A doctorate in a social science discipline is required; in addition, an MSW degree is preferred, but not required. Expertise in child and family-related content, as well as social justice theory, approaches, pedagogy, or practice. These skills and knowledge base would enable the postdoc to teach across both programs in the department.

The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy (SWCA) at Montclair State University is a community of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners who prepare undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders in the promotion of child and family wellbeing. Guided by the principles of social, economic, and racial justice, we combine the fields of psychology, social work, and law to improve lives at every stage of human development. Through our scholarship we create knowledge that when combined with our practice approaches advance child advocacy and social work initiatives to serve the wider community. Our interdisciplinary curriculum equips graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills required in their professions including an understanding of policies and systems, human development, and evidence-based and culturally-sensitive practices.

SWCA offers a BA, a minor, and an MA in Child Advocacy and Policy, and a minor in Social Work and an MSW with a concentration in children, youth, and families. Content is delivered to students through both face-to-face and online teaching. SWCA is home to ~800 students, 17 full-time faculty, 4 staff, and ~45 community practitioners who serve as adjuncts. The department is in year 2 of implementing a new five-year strategic plan.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is the University’s largest academic unit with over 5,000 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. CHSS awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees through its 16 departments and 9 programs with over 30 majors and 50 minors. Offering traditional and interdisciplinary learning, the College is home to outstanding researchers across all disciplines while its faculty are also superb classroom instructors. The College proudly embraces the University’s diversity and its dual mission of promoting both research excellence and social mobility through transformative, accessible education.

Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University's commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience
STARTING DATE: July 1, 2023

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APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until position is filled.
QUESTIONS: Questions about this position can be directed to the chair of the search committee and postdoc mentor, Dr. Laura Quiros, , or the chair of the department, Dr. Emily Douglas,


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