Social Work Behavioral Health - Assistant Professor

California State University - Fresno
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Social Work Education

Title: Social Work - Behavioral Health/Clinical

Rank: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

Status: Tenure Track

Start: Fall 2022 (August 2022)

Consider joining a dynamic and diverse social work education program in California’s urban-rural San Joaquin Valley. This is a clinical/behavioral health and Integrated Practice (BHIP) track vacancy. A suitable candidate would possess knowledge of such integrated systems which would enhance the new Behavioral Health and Integrated Practice track. Ideally, the candidate would possess broad experience working with diverse populations, bringing with them knowledge of cultural humility and competence in providing clinical service in diverse communities. Clinical practice is currently transforming in many settings into integrated health where settings provide mental health and physical health services together. Research interests for this position could cover a broad area of social work practice but would ideally include mental health.

Successful candidates are expected to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in clinical/behavioral health, with knowledge of school social work preferred. Specific instructional assignments will depend on departmental needs.

We are seeking candidates who have a strong commitment to community engagement activities and service-learning, and who, as a team player, can both lead new community engagement efforts and support existing efforts. Additional responsibilities include curriculum development, advising, and field liaison responsibilities. Successful candidates will develop a research agenda and engage in university and community service activities. Successful candidates will be encouraged to actively participate in research activities that will support the Department’s Social Welfare Evaluation, Research, and Training Center, Central Valley Health Policy Institute, or other affiliated groups. Interest or experience in developing and enhancing web-based instruction and a virtual learning environment is expected. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the University curriculum.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D., DSW) in Social Work, Social Welfare, or other doctorates (Ph.D., EdD) in a closely related discipline (e.g. Psychology, Criminology, Education, etc.) Candidates nearing completion of their doctorate may be considered; however, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2022, for the appointment.
  • MSW from an accredited social work program or foreign equivalent.

  • Required Experience:

  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience as required by CSWE.
  • Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor requires a substantially higher level of experience and accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service as defined by the Academic Policy on Promotions .

  • Preferred Qualifications :

  • Evidence of training or knowledge in clinical practice that serves culturally and socially diverse communities or in complex service organizations
  • Experience in school social work to supplement clinical behavioral background
  • Experience in or a strong commitment to engaging in student community service activities.
  • Strong commitment to collegiality
  • Evidence of teaching excellence with a commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice focused instruction
  • Evidence of an active research agenda through publications and conference presentations

  • Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by November 22, 2021; a review of applications may continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes on May 1, 2022.

    Attach the following documents to your online application:

    1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of required experience and preferred qualifications including a teaching philosophy statement paragraph;
    2. Curriculum vitae;
    3. Unofficial Transcripts;
    4. List of three professional references.
    5. Diversity Statement
    6. Evidence regarding preferred qualifications such as teaching scores, research agenda statement, workshops or other course listings.

    The Search Chair will request finalists to submit the following within the designated deadline.

    1. Official transcripts
    2. Three current letters of recommendation (will be requested from the provided list)

    Committee Information:

    Search Chair: Dr. Dheeshana Jayasundara
    Department of Social Work Education
    College of Health and Human Services

    About Fresno State

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

    The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly ; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges .

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    About the College and Department:

    The Department of Social Work Education (DSWE) at California State University, Fresno is committed to the education of social worker practitioners at the bachelor's and master's levels who will provide human services and leadership within California’s San Joaquin Valley. Graduates of both programs work with individuals, families, human service agencies, and communities. The Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life and challenging social injustice in the San Joaquin Valley. It seeks to empower residents to identify and address local human rights issues and socio-economic inequalities. To fulfill its mission in the region, the DSWE prepares social workers for agency and community-based practice and for informed, active participation as social workers and global citizens who are compassionate and proactive in response to human needs. DSWE strongly promotes diversity and inclusion. With the overwhelming majority of the students coming from various diverse backgrounds, the department is seeking candidates with prior experience and a strong commitment to diverse learning. The department, in keeping with the university classifications and student needs and interests, participates in several community engagement activities throughout the academic year. Links to the outcome of several of these engagements are listed below. These engagements are a core part of department student learning culture, nourishing both the explicit and implicit curriculum.
    Territorial Acknowledgement:

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    Other Campus Information:

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited 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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

    California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    Advertised: 27 Oct 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
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