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Assistant/Associate Professor Social Work

Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

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Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work

Department: Social Work

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by March 6, 2024, and continue reviewing until interviews are scheduled or positions are filled

Position Summary: Washburn University’s Social Work Department invites applications for two Assistant/Associate Professor positions to begin August 1, 2024. One of the positions requires clinical practice experience. These are both 9-month full-time, tenure-track faculty appointments.

Each selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

The Social Work Department offers nationally accredited BSW and MSW programs and is designed to prepare students to be dedicated and conscientious social workers. Washburn provides a robust faculty development program and opportunities for travel funding and internal research and faculty development grants.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,550 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• Teach 12 credit hours per semester or a full workload as defined by the faculty handbook.
• Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate social work courses in assigned modalities (e.g., online, hybrid, face-to-face, Zoom, etc.).
• Advise students, maintain office hours in accordance with SAS and university policy, attend meetings, and engage in service activities in the Department, the School of Applied Studies, the University, the profession, and the community.
• Fulfill expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment for teaching, service, and scholarship.

Required Qualifications:
• A doctoral degree in social work or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered but must have their doctorate completed by May 1, 2025.
• Master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program.
• At least 2 years post-masters social work degree practice experience in social work.
• Licensed clinical practice experience ( Required for Clinical position )
• Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Active social work license
• A doctoral degree in social work
• Post-secondary teaching experience in university or professional settings. Preference will be given to teaching experience in a CSWE-accredited program.
• Experience teaching research methods or mentoring student research projects
• Evidence of scholarly work related to the field of social work, including but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or research in progress.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
• The Screening committee will consider applicants for both positions depending on the requirements met by the applicant. If the applicant has a preference for which position they would like to be considered, please indicate in your cover letter and application materials, i.e. Clinical Position or Non-Clinical Position.
• If you have any questions about the positions, please contact Melanie Worsley, Associate Dean of the School of Applied Studies, at

Full time Exempt, Background Check Required


 Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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