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Assistant Professor, Social Work

University of Houston-Downtown
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Social Work - (FAC002177) Assistant Professor, Social Work Department Name:D0065 Social Work 



Review of applications will begin immediately and conclude when the position(s) is/are filled. To apply, visit our website at

To be fully considered, the candidate must submit:

  • a cover letter detailing interest in the Social Work Program at UH-Downtown and the following
  • a teaching philosophy
  • a list of courses previously taught along with the modality
  • a summary of courses interested in teaching or developing
  • a research statement and agenda
  • a summary of commitment to service
  • an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a statement that highlights specific activity of the candidate's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • unofficial graduate transcripts showing completion of a MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program and DSW or PhD in Social Work
  • names and contact information for three professional references


The University of Houston – Downtown Social Work Program is seeking candidates for two (2) positions at the rank of Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Successful candidates will teach a 4-3 course load over the two long semesters in a variety of modalities; demonstrate a theory-based and community-engaged teaching philosophy; engage in a research agenda that supports the knowledge base of social work practice; and engage in service to the institution, profession, and community.





  • ​​​​​​Earned a Ph.D./D.S.W. in Social Work and a MSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited social work program
  • LMSW or LCSW (or is licensure-eligible) issued in the State of Texas
  • At least two (2) years of post-MSW practice experience with systems of various sizes
  • Experience or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching
  • Experience or demonstrated potential for excellence in research and scholarship
  • Commitment to service to the university, profession, or community
  • Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and improving access to any systems for members of underrepresented groups


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with online, virtual, hybrid, and in-person instruction
  • Experience in developing and implementing service learning and experiential learning in curricular and co-curricular settings
  • Ability to teach macro social work courses (e.g., policy, research methods, statistics, community organizing)
  • Knowledge of and experience working with an array of social service, public health, criminal justice, and/or healthcare agencies in the Greater Houston or other urban area
  • Experience with social work field practicum instruction or supervision


About University of Houston Downtown

For more information about the University of Houston-Downtown, please visit our website at

The University: Located in the heart of Harris County and the Houston metroplex, the University of Houston-Downtown is a public university that serves the fourth largest city and one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. UHD offers bachelor's degrees in 45 areas of study and nine master's degrees. Current enrollment is over 15,000 students, making UHD the second largest member institution in the University of Houston System. UHD is a federally designated Hispanic and Minority Serving University. More than 50 percent of the University's students identify as Hispanic or Latinx while Black students comprise the University's second largest learning population. For 2021 and for a third consecutive year, UHD was awarded the Insight Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.

The College: The College of Public Service (CPS) has two departments: Criminal Justice & Social Work and Urban Education. The college offers four bachelor's degrees and two master's degrees. The college is within walking distance of major police agencies, correctional facilities, and county, state, and federal courts. Additionally, the CPS maintains relationships with key social service providing organizations that serve the greater Houston area.

The Department: The Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work offers degree plans leading to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. The department recently added an innovative graduate-level Applied Corrections Certificate that draws on the combined strengths of the criminal justice and the social work faculty of the department.

The Program: The University of Houston-Downtown’s Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and awards a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The program’s mission is to prepare entry-level social workers for evidence-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment. To achieve its mission, the program utilizes a competitive admissions process and offers a competency-based, generalist social work perspective in combination with specialized preparation in several practice areas including healthcare and gerontology, as well as professional development in Spanish for social workers. The program’s student body is primarily nontraditional, and mirrors the diverse population within the greater Houston metropolitan area.


Required Attachments by Candidate: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Unofficial Transcripts, Teaching Philosophy or Statement, Research Statement

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