Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled. Initial review of applications will begin on
November 24th,so applications should be
submitted by that time for guaranteed consideration.
APPOINTMENT DATE: August 16, 2022
JOB TYPE: Full-time Probationary
/ Tenure Track
Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applications from
experienced social work professionals for a tenure-track
appointment an Assistant Professor of Social
Work. We seek colleagues who embrace diversity,
equity, and inclusion and have a commitment to decolonizing social
work education and practice. We seek applications from
individuals with experience in distance and face-to-face
teaching. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired
lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes
creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people
are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing
engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota
and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.
BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun,
robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the
surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of
recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by
all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the
cold, winter months.
Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70
undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts,
sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the
Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a
faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values
include civic engagement and leadership, international and
multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal
arts, and environmental stewardship.
BSU’s Social Work
Program is an accredited program with
approximately 200 students in the major. The Social Work
Program also offers an Addictions minor and a Licensed Alcohol and
Drug Certification (LADC) with approximately 75 students seeking
the minor and/or the LADC. There are two tracks or options
for students to complete their Social Work Degree: A
traditional on-campus track and a hybrid track called the Social
Work Integrative Model (SWIM). The hybrid SWIM track, a
cohort-based model, is completed predominantly online with four
on-campus course meetings each semester. The Social Work
Program mission is to: Prepare students for the generalist
social work practice, social and economic justice, professional
values and ethics, critical thinking, and global
interconnectedness. Special emphasis is placed on working
with diverse groups of people, particularly Native
Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor include:
- Effectively teaching core courses in the undergraduate
generalist social work program. On-campus and online/hybrid courses
may include, but are not limited to, Intro to Social Welfare,
Interpersonal Relations, Human Behavior and the Social Environment,
Generalist Practice (individual, group, and community), Family
Dynamics, and Social Welfare Policy.
- Pursuing scholarly or creative achievements or research,
supporting one’s teaching and contributing to the social work
profession. Supporting student-based research projects.
- Ongoing preparation for effective teaching practice and
engaging in activities that enhance the candidate’s ability to
teach within the continually changing landscape of social work
- Contributing to student growth and development through
development of student-centered curricula; advising; mentoring;
advising or serving the social work club; supporting students
seeking graduate study and/or employment; and working with students
in multi-cultural, anti-oppression and inclusion topics and
- Serving the university community through participation as an
active member of the social work faculty team; contributing to
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) reaccreditation activities;
curriculum design; and involvement in various community
- Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in
activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental
Minimum qualifications for this position
- A Master’s degree in social work and an active social work
license are required. A terminal degree will be required to
apply for tenure.
- Evidence of teaching in undergraduate social work
- Prior social work practice.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the NASW Code of Ethics and its
foundational values of social justice, dignity and worth of the
person, self-determination, service, importance of human
relationships, integrity, and competence.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with
historically underrepresented cultures and populations.
- Ability to integrate diversity, equity, and justice and
cultural content into teaching, scholarship, and service.
Preferred qualifications include:
- DSW or PhD in Social Work or closely related terminal
- Experience with online teaching.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with
Indigenous individuals, families, and communities.
- Experience teaching using electronic course management delivery
software such as Desire to Learn (D2L)/Brightspace or willingness
to learn for Fall 2022 course delivery.
Dr. Rebecca Hoffman, Chair
Department of Social Work
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an
application, contact Teresa Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY / COMMUNITY
Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the
shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown
community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty
have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all
the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a
tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who
always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the
city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung
(nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than
15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than
Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake,
Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have
the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history.
Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and
Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet
students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.
Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban
conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is
conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy
coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally
owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown
Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the
Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores
The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for
engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining
restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji.
The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows;
restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the
First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits;
and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon
Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The
Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.
For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use
trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with
walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State
Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across
the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12
miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and
BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further,
the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from
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