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Assistant Professor of Social Work

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 30, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Social Work
Department of Social Work
College of Health and Human Development
Assistant Professor
Fall 2024

The Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track assistant professor position with appointment to begin in Fall 2024. Centrally located in Southern California, CUSF is a major regional university serving Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles, and the expanding Inland Empire. CSUF serves as an intellectual and cultural center for Southern California and a driver of workforce and economic development.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF is committed to retaining all faculty and has established affinity groups you can join to support your success. The Department of Social work is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in social work education, policy, and practice based on equal opportunity and respect. The Department of Social Work understands that the pursuit of social justice is informed by the past and also requires a focus on “the here and now” and “the not yet,” addressing contemporary injustices while proactively anticipating and addressing future challenges and needs. As such, the department promotes advocacy to empower those in greatest need and uses a person-in-environment approach, which acknowledges the nature of discrimination, oppression, and unjust policies and practices at the individual and systemic levels.

Our department was recently awarded an expansion grant from the State of California that includes the addition of a tenure-track faculty member. The Department of Social Work is thus recruiting one faculty member with expertise in behavioral health equity or disparities, including a focus on systemic and structural inequity and the impact on African American and/or LBGTQIA+ communities.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research and/or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. This person will also be responsible for producing research and seeking external funding commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in social welfare/social work or related field. ABD's may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the time of appointment;
  • Master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited social work program;
  • Expertise in social work practice and/or policy with behavioral health and behavioral health equity/disparities;
  • Experience with research and/or practice focused on African American and/or LGBTQIA+ communities;
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct independent research;
  • Commitment and willingness to seeking external funding; and
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially with a culturally diverse group of students, staff, faculty, and community.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years post-MSW social work practice experience;
  • Previous university-level teaching experience;
  • Record of publication commensurate with career status.

    A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for position 531134, and provide the following required materials:
  1. A letter of interest relating your experience to the qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement
  4. Research statement
  5. Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence
  6. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas. The statement shall address one or more of the following criteria:
    1. The candidate has acquired knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education.
    2. The candidate has experience in and is committed to serving underrepresented populations in higher education.
    3. The candidate has experience in and is committed to teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented students in a higher education environment.
    4. The candidate has experience integrating underrepresented populations and communities into scholarly and creative activities.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • Reference phone calls will occur for finalists. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who can discuss the applicant's qualifications.

  • Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Gordon Capp, Faculty Search Committee Chair at or call (657) 278-2403.

    Application Deadline
    Application review begins immediately. To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 1, 2023. Position is open until filled.

    The College and Department
    The College of Health & Human Development (HHD) is one of the eight Colleges on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The mission of the College of HHD is to provide exemplary education, research, and community outreach related to human health, development, and lifelong well-being. Emphasis is placed on both theory and evidence-based practice, with special attention to the development of critical thinking, leadership, and professional skills needed in a global society.

    The mission of the Social Work Program at California State University, Fullerton is to educate emerging and committed professionals for social work practice with vulnerable, marginalized, and underrepresented populations. We are committed to developing competent, ethical, and effective social workers who will promote integrity in the profession and provide leadership in advancing social work knowledge, promoting scientific inquiry and evidence-based practice, addressing social problems, and advocating for social justice. We engage communities and organizations in an effort to educate developing professional social workers while offering the wider community relevant expertise and assistance. We believe in the inclusion of individuals and groups from socially, culturally, and economically diverse environments, with special sensitivity to the multicultural communities of Orange County and the Southern California region. We also educate students toward a greater understanding of social work, human rights, and social justice from a global perspective.

    The Department of Social Work offers a master's degree in social work (MSW), with concentrations in child welfare, community mental health, and aging. The Department facilitates two MSW programs: a two-year model and a three-year model. For a description of the programs and courses, see

    The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 monthly (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,573 to $6,711 per month.

    Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (

    Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

    CSUF Benefits
    An excellent comprehensive benefits package includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system and optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

    Additional Information
    Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

    CSU Policies

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

    In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

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