The Department of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University
seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor to begin September 1, 2022.
Applicants should be able to teach in our generalist social work
practice classes, field seminar, introductory courses (HBSE), and
electives and/or interdisciplinary courses such as First Year
Experience (FYEP) and/or International Honors (IHON) and have the
opportunity to be involved in PLU’s robust study away
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Teach 6 courses per year, including the social work micro/mezzo
practice courses, field seminar, introductory social work classes
(HBSE), and elective(s) or interdisciplinary programs such as First
Year Experience (FYEP) or International Honors (IHON), and study
away opportunities. In addition, the successful candidate is
expected to serve in the department and contribute to the larger
life of the University through advising, committee work, and other
service activities. The individual must have a clearly defined
scholarship agenda relevant to social work and a commitment to
strong teaching. The successful candidate will have an interest in
developing an MSW program and
the CSWE accrediting process.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- We seek collegial faculty who view themselves foremost as
educators and possess a commitment to, and knowledge of, effective
- Familiarity with teaching generalist practice social work
- Background working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups
and/or diverse students and promoting diversity, inclusion, equity,
and multicultural competence in the classroom, curriculum,
throughout campus, and/or academic division.
- Commitment to undergraduate teaching in a university that
blends the liberal arts with a generalist-focused professional
education in social work.
- PhD in Social Work, DSW, or closely related
field. ABD will be considered, however, PhD (DSW) must be
in hand by September 1, 2022.
- MSW from a CSWE accredited program plus two
years-post MSW practice experience.
- For consideration of appointment at the rank of associate
professor, the candidate will provide evidence of teaching
excellence and a demonstrated concern for improving the quality of
their teaching; demonstrated competence in scholarship, along with
the potential for continued scholarly achievement; and a
substantial and sustained service record.
- Previous teaching experience in micro and/or mezzo practice,
all will be considered.
- Understand the impact of race and other forms of diversity on
social work practice.
- Experience working with diverse students.
- Practice experience in medical social work.
- Previous undergraduate teaching experience.
- Previous graduate teaching experience.
- Professional faculty who view themselves as inclusive educators
who are committed to supporting students as they discover their
- Knowledge of CSWE accreditation standards.