Assistant Professor of Social Work

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Position Title

Assistant Professor of Social Work


Health Professions


9 Months

Tenure Status

Tenure Track



Job Summary

Missouri Western State University’s College of Science and Health’s Department of Health Professions invites applications for tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Work for an August 2024 appointment. There are two positions available .

Successful candidates for this Assistant Professor position should be able to contribute to this growing Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE ) accredited program through undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and service. Candidates are required to hold an Masters in Social Work ( MSW ) from a CSWE accredited program and to have earned a Terminal degree in Social Work or a related field ( ABD considered). Ideal candidates hold current state Licensed Social Worker ( LSW ) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW ) licensure or are eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri.

Essential Job Duties

Missouri Western currently offers a Bachelors in Social Work ( BSW ), and a Masters in Social Work ( MSW ) in pre-candidacy. As the program grows, we seek student-centered colleagues committed to the field, and who value partnerships and service to the region and community.

Duties for candidates for tenure-track positions include performance of activities corresponding with the teaching, scholarship, and service expectations for the department and college. We seek colleagues with disciplinary expertise and professional experience, evidence of exceptional teaching, and the potential for scholarly productivity and collaboration with the region and community.

Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to teaching across the BSW / MSW curriculum within a generalist social work practice framework, trauma-informed care, and knowledge of the Social Work Grand Challenges.

Successful candidates will:
  • Demonstrate disciplinary and professional expertise, and evidence of exceptional and innovative teaching and advising with diverse undergraduate or adult learners (in-person and online).
  • Exhibit existing and potential scholarly productivity as well as the desire to collaborate with colleagues, the region, and community.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve on department committees, attend department meetings, and work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with governmental agencies, social service agencies and external constituencies and stakeholders, professional activities, presentations and community service.
  • Some distance education teaching is required. Faculty may be expected to supervise and teach Practicum students when needed.
Required Qualifications
  • MSW from a CSWE -accredited program
  • A minimum of 2 years post-masters social work degree practice experience
  • Experience teaching undergraduate, graduates, or adult learners
  • Hold current state LSW or LCSW licensure or eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri.
  • PhD in Social Work, Doctorate in Social Work ( DSW ) or closely related field (Preferred); ( ABD ) at time of hire may be considered.
  • Experience with and knowledge of CSWE accreditation.
Two positions are available. At least one requires a Ph.D./ DSW or ABD . For the second position, it is preferred that the successful candidate hold a Ph.D./ DSW or ABD but consideration may be given to a candidate with a MSW from an accredited school with 2 years post- MSW field experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

As Missouri’s designated applied learning institution, we seek a candidate who is both collaborative and service oriented, and who demonstrates a strong commitment to building real-world active-learning environments.

Physical Demands

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

Additional Demands


Designated as the State of Missouri’s applied learning institution, Missouri Western State University is a public open-access institution located in St. Joseph, Missouri, on a beautiful 744-acre campus approximately 35 minutes north of the Kansas City International Airport. With 4,000 plus graduate and undergraduate students and over 29,000 alumni, Missouri Western is designated as a First-Gen Forward campus dedicated to academic innovation, regional and community partnerships, and a student-centered experience.

Missouri Western State University is an active participant in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves, and the campus’ distinctive focus on applied learning and research is a hallmark of its innovative teaching and learning environment. Missouri Western seeks to build an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups and women to apply for this position.

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Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with preference given to candidates submitting materials by January 23. This position targets a start date of August 2024.


Missouri Western State University

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Missouri Western State University has a proud tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education to students in the state of Missouri and beyond. We are a four-year, state-supported institution providing a variety of degree programs and offering professional master’s degrees, four-year baccalaureate degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. In addition, the University offers seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community.

Students come from throughout the United States and more than 25 countries. And our alumni live and work around the world. From its humble beginnings in 1915, Missouri Western continues to deepen its impact on the community, region, nation and world.

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