Assistant Professor - Social Welfare
The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) is seeking candidates for two tenure-track assistant professor positions to begin Fall 2024 for academic year appointments. We welcome candidates whose scholarship, teaching, and service would contribute to the School’s mission to promote social, economic, and environmental justice and transform lives and social contexts. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to the School’s values of relationship building; diversity, equity, and inclusion; practice with integrity; multisystem competency; critical perspective; and empirically informed social work. Faculty candidates with a Ph.D. in Social Work or related fields or a DSW are invited to apply.
With newly innovated curricula and programs, we seek candidates who are passionate about social work education and committed to inclusive teaching and mentoring. We welcome candidates with interests across our BSW, MSW, PhD, and/or DSW curriculums. We are particularly interested in candidates with teaching experience and interests in research methods or social work theory, with prioritized opportunities for teaching in person at both our Lawrence and Edwards (Overland Park, KS) campuses and in our online DSW program. Teaching opportunities include a variety of options to increase accessibility for students, such as evenings, weekends, and online.
As a School of Social Welfare within a comprehensive, premier research university, candidates should have a research agenda and experience that align with our School’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship and service that advance social, economic, and environmental justice. We embrace all types of research within a social justice-informed, anti-racist or racial justice lens, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; creative methodologies; community-based and engaged research; conceptual, historical, and theoretical scholarship; and innovative methods. We encourage candidates to demonstrate a commitment to supporting their research and scholarship through a variety of funding, community-based partnerships, and other mechanisms. KU SSW is home to several nationally recognized Centers and expert researchers working together around specific topics (e.g. community engagement, prevention and child and family well-being, LGBTQ+ populations, DEI, aging, gender-based violence). Collaborative opportunities exist for candidates to join with these efforts, should they align with their own interests and expertise.
The KU SSW is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty, and staff. We aim to recruit and retain faculty to assist us in our mission to identify and challenge oppression in our own school, university, community, and profession. The successful candidates will have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in social work practice and research, centered in social work values and ethics, and contribute to the school in these areas. Successful candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.
The KUSSW is situated in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant cities spanning Lawrence and the Kansas City metropolitan area, with satellite partnerships across the state of Kansas. Co-located in Lawrence with Haskell Indian Nations University, the School of Social Welfare partners with Haskell in mutually supporting the academic programs of each institution through research, programs, and services. KUSSW and Haskell play a central role in the life of the University of Kansas.
The main campus of the KU School of Social Welfare is in Lawrence and offers BSW, MSW, and PhD degree programs. The KU Edwards Campus is in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, and offers BSW and MSW courses. The MSW program is also offered at our partnership sites at Pittsburg State University and at Kansas State University - Salina. We recently launched a completely online DSW Program and an online MSW program option. We encourage you to consider joining us in this growth and as we continually strive to reinvent, innovate, transform, and educate through quality education, research advancement, and community engagement.
The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only state university in Kansas to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally. The University enrolls more than 28,000 students, offers 5,000 courses, more than 400 degree and certificate programs and employs 2,800 faculty members, many of them at the top of their fields. In KU’s dynamic, cross-disciplinary research and learning environment, students exchange ideas, discover new ways of processing the world, and address society’s grand challenges.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Allocation of Effort:
40% Research –
Establish a community-engaged research program focused on advancing racial, social, economic, and/or environmental justice; publish scholarly manuscripts; engage in scholarly and community-based publications and presentations; impact the local, national, and/or international community with their research.
40% Teaching –
Teach two classes per semester (four classes per year) across the BSW, MSW, PhD, and DSW curricula.
20% Service –
Participate in school, university, community, and professional service activities.
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research, teaching, and service in the letter of application and statements, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in CV and (3) information from three professional references.
Contact Information to Applicants
- A PhD in social work or a closely aligned applied social science field or a DSW by August 2024.
- A beginning research career focused on advancing social, racial, economic, and/or environmental justice as evidenced by scholarly outcomes (publications, presentations) and community-based outcomes (community partnerships, creative and innovative dissemination, etc.).
- Ability to teach effectively in social work.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and anti-racist research, teaching, and service.
- Demonstrated commitment to social work values of social justice, anti-racism, strengths-based practice, and empowerment.
- Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview process.
Jason Matejkowski, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Additional Candidate Instruction
In addition to the materials below, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials provided.
A complete online application package will include:
- Cover letter describing your interest in the position; alignment with the School’s values, mission, and guiding principles (relationship building; diversity, equity, and inclusion; practice with integrity; multi-system competency; critical perspectives; and empirically informed social work) commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice in research, teaching and service, and anticipated opportunities with, and contributions to, KU and the SSW.
- Curriculum vitae
- Research and Scholarship Statement
- Teaching Statement
- Scholarship examples (one or two), which may include: evaluation reports, published articles, theoretical/conceptual papers, community dissemination products, grant proposals, policy briefs, creative/innovative dissemination products, etc.
- List of three professional references
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered.
Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.