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Assistant Professor of Practice

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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DSW Program Assistant Professor Position

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work (CSW) invites applications in our Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program for a 12-month non-tenure track faculty position in our online program with a one-week summer residency. We have 60 DSW students who are employed fulltime while working on their doctorates and who are located all over the country and abroad. Our DSW program in advanced clinical practice and leadership/management prepares them to become advanced practitioner-scholars who are able to translate research into practice, teach in academic settings and assume leadership positions to advance social justice in policies and programs at local, state, and national levels.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, which has campuses in Knoxville and Nashville. We have committed ourselves to furthering anti-oppressive education. The College is committed to creating an equity-minded work and learning environment, to tackling issues of equity and inclusion, and to advancing opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, or physical/developmental ability. Grounded in social, racial, and economic justice, the College faculty are committed to scholarship, education, and service that addresses the Grand Challenges of Social Work, including areas such as the social determinants of health and health disparities, trauma-informed approaches to care, gerontology, animal-human bonds and veterinary social work, forensic social work and prevention science.

DSW program goals include: Being a leader in the new CSWE standards for accreditation of DSW programs and revising our curriculum based on evolving standards for universal design and inclusion. We are seeking a practitioner-scholar, who can oversee DSW students’ research projects and teach in our clinical or leadership/management sequence of courses, as well as contribute to course development and design. Mentored research projects employ either quantitative and qualitative methods and examples include: Program evaluation, quality improvement, secondary data analysis, policy implementation and cultural competency trainings. Courses in the management research sequence include: clinical leadership, clinical management and individual and group practice with diverse populations.

With over 700 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly qualified social workers to work with diverse client populations. They are also trained to address areas of need in their own community context. The UTK Master of Social Work program was ranked 22nd out of all public institutions in the nation by US News and World Report. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship campus and an R1 institution.

The Knoxville campus is nestled next to a thriving downtown area, which offers an array of local restaurants, shopping and entertainment just a short walk from campus. Knoxville is a thriving southern city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives to cultural, music, and outstanding outdoor recreation areas. Numerous lakes and rivers surround the city, and Knoxville is located less than one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville’s diverse culture brings events such as Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. We are home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and UT Knoxville’s Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and unforgettable city with so much more to offer than its famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. It is currently listed as #30 on the U.S. News and World report’s best Places to Live (2021) and offers events such as the CMA Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, Live on the Green, Tomato Art Fest, and the Nashville Pride Festival. Nashville is also home to several HBCUs with vibrant campus activities. Outside of Nashville’s busy downtown Broadway scene, there are lots of unique neighborhoods filled with fantastic ethnic food options and cultural events, with unlimited opportunities to explore gorgeous parks and greenways, both inside and outside the city limits. Nashville is a short distance away from national parks that are great for camping and hiking. If you enjoy spending time outside a good portion of the year, Nashville is the place to be!


Required Qualifications

  • A doctorate in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field
  • Evidence of ability to teach online at the graduate level
  • Evidence of commitment to advancing anti-oppressive and anti-racist social work through research and practice
  • Experience with research design and execution of research projects
  • Five years of experience in social work post clinical licensure

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Experience with organizational leadership
  • Experience teaching in doctoral education
Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 3, 2021, though review may continue until the appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically at Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland at

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