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Professor of the Practice (open rank) - Social Welfare
University of Kansas

Date Posted Jan. 3, 2023
Title Professor of the Practice (open rank) - Social Welfare
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Social Welfare
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
  • Social Work

Professor of the Practice (open rank) – Social Welfare
Social Welfare

Position Overview

The University of Kansas (KU) School of Social Welfare (SSW) is seeking candidates for an open-rank professor of the practice position to teach in-person and online social work courses. Rank will be commensurate with the final candidate’s credentials and experience. This professor of the practice (open rank) position will primarily teach in-person in our MSW program at our Kansas State University-Salina (KSU-Salina) partnership site in Salina, Kansas. Please note that traveling and lodging stipends will not be available for this position. Other teaching responsibilities will involve teaching in our online MSW program. Qualified candidates who have a doctoral degree may have the opportunity to teach in our online DSW program. Our online courses are a 50/50 blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction and content. Faculty candidates should have experience in and/or a desire to teach at the MSW level across the School’s curriculum areas: social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; social welfare policy; theories of change at all levels of social work; applied research; social / racial / economic / environmental justice, and/or electives in the area of the individual’s expertise (e.g. substance use, cultural diversity).

The (open rank) professor of the practice for the School of Social Welfare is a non-tenure track faculty member who possesses the expertise and achievements to provide professional instruction. This is a 12-month position teaching eight to nine 3-credit-hour courses per year with 10% effort devoted to each course for a teaching total of 80-90% effort. The number of courses taught over a calendar year may vary to meet the service needs of the school. This position may also involve curricular development; organizing and planning course syllabi according to a standardized syllabi guide, textbook acquisition, and media/technology needs and equipment requests; planning and organizing courses; developing and organizing course management software; and/or mentoring graduate teaching assistants and adjunct instructors. Service duties, as described above, should not exceed 10-20% effort. This position is limited term and may be appointed for up to an initial three-year period with an opportunity for extension/renewal after a comprehensive review.

The KU SSW is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty, and staff. We also encourage our school community members to engage in service to the larger community to advance social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. The successful candidate will have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

As a nationally accredited School of Social Welfare within a comprehensive, premier research university we continually strive to innovate, transform, and educate through quality education, research advancement, and community engagement. The main campus of the KU School of Social Welfare is in Lawrence and offers BSW, MSW, DSW, 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 Kansas State University-Salina.

Job Description

Founded in 1865, 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 approximately 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.

In 2022, the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and Kansas State University-Salina (KSU-Salina) established a partnership to offer the MSW program in Salina with the goal and intent to address the need to increase the number of master’s prepared social workers in rural areas of Kansas, particularly central and western Kansas. The partnership is scheduled to begin offering specialization courses within its advanced standing plan of study in Summer 2023. These courses will be taught in a blended format with approximately half of the class sessions held at KSU-Salina on Saturdays and the other half held online.
In addition, the School offers two fully online degree programs at the MSW and DSW levels. Courses within these online programs are delivered fully online with synchronous and asynchronous content provided on an alternating weekly schedule.

The anticipated workload is below. All faculty have the potential for their workload to shift in discussion with the Dean and in accordance with the SSW’s workload policy. Rank and salary will be commensurate with the final candidate’s credentials and experience.

80-90% Teaching
Teach eight or nine 3-credit courses per year, primarily MSW courses in-person at the KSU-Salina campus, but also online MSW courses and, if qualified with a doctoral degree, online DSW courses.
Plan and organize assigned courses including syllabus preparation according to a standardized syllabus guide, textbook acquisition, media/technology needs and equipment requests, and maintaining the course web-based learning management system.
Administer exams and assignments including grading of assignments and reporting of course grades to the Office of the University Registrar.

10-20% Service
Participate in curriculum development when appropriate
Mentor graduate teaching assistants and adjunct faculty
Serve on student DSW committees, if qualified
Review MSW applications for admission
Serve as professional mentor to students
Participate in faculty and school business meetings
Serve on elected and appointed committees

Required Qualifications

Master’s in social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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.
Assistant Professor of the Practice: all the above and at least 2 years of previous independent teaching experience, in person and/or remotely and at least 5 years of post-MSW practice experience in social work.

Associate Professor of the Practice: all the above and at least 5 years of previous independent teaching experience, in person and/or remotely and at least 8 years of post-MSW practice experience in social work.

Full Professor of the Practice: all the above and at least 5 years of previous independent teaching experience, in person and/or remotely and at least 15 years of post-MSW practice experience in social work.

Preferred Qualifications

Work experience within a social work academic context (accredited BSW and/or MSW degree programs).
Familiarity with Central Kansas Communities. Please note that traveling and lodging stipends will not be available for this position
PhD or DSW degree (which would allow the candidate to teach at the DSW level).

Contact Information to Applicants

Amy Mendenhall, PhD
Professor & Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Director, Center for Community Engagement & Collaboration

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application package will include:
Online application
Cover letter addressing: interest in the position; alignment between the applicant’s practice and experiences, social work values, and the School’s mission; candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and candidate’s anticipated contributions to KU and the SSW.
Curriculum vitae or resume
Teaching, Mentoring, and Advising statement describing: teaching philosophy with attention to DEI; evidence of responding to student feedback and evaluations; courses taught; interests in teaching at KU.
List of three professional references
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, 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:
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment to working with diverse groups/populations.

Review of applications will begin on January 23, 2023 and will continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. First-round interviews are tentatively scheduled to occur in February, 2023. To ensure consideration, applicants should apply before application review begins on January 23, 2023.

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