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Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, School of Social Work

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School / Campus / College: School of Social Work

Organization: School of Social Work

Title: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, School of Social Work

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Position Description

The University of Washington, School of Social Work invites nominations and applications for one Assistant Professor tenure track position, effective September 1, 2020.  This is a full-time position, with a 9-month service period, September 16 through June 15 annually. While this search is open to candidates with various research foci, we are particularly interested in research focusing on clinical social work practice with children and youth and/or adults. We encourage applications from both recent graduates and early career assistant professors within 3 – 5 years of receiving their doctorate.

The University of Washington, School of Social Work is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative, broadly collaborative, and rigorous engagement with complex social issues. Hallmarks of the School include its leadership in identifying and addressing the Grand Challenges; cutting-edge programs of prevention and intervention research; pioneering research using indigenous methodologies, innovative educational programs; and the quality of its graduates. Located in a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse urban setting, the School has strong interdisciplinary and community ties, and ranks among the top schools of social work in the country. Support for faculty teaching and research includes both internal departmental supports as well as University-wide centers and initiatives. The School of Social Work is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse, inclusive and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to research, teaching and working in a global multicultural environment.

Our School’s social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching, and service, demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations.


Tenure track faculty are expected to have a productive research trajectory with a commitment to exemplary scholarship, high quality publications, and preparation of fundable research proposals. Tenure track faculty participate in shared governance of the School and serve on committees that implement the School’s vision across curricular, research and community activities. As a program with a core mission of social justice and a deeply diverse student body, successful candidates will actuate a commitment to work in marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.


An MSW with at least two years of full-time social work direct or clinical practice experience is required. All candidates must have a PHD or foreign equivalent in Social Work or an appropriate social or health science discipline.

Candidates should have the ability to teach at the BASW, MSW and PhD levels. We seek talented and innovative scholars who evidence documented expertise in bringing depth and experience in clinical/direct practice and culturally responsive research. We seek productive and creative colleagues who display knowledge in bringing fresh perspectives and depth to the science of social work, incorporate inter-professional and trans-disciplinary perspectives, and who are drawn to work in a faculty focused on many of the Grand Challenges that have been identified in the profession.


All applications must be submitted electronically to, with Application for Assistant Professor in the subject line. See more information below. Applications and/or other application materials not submitted electronically will not be considered.  The search will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed.  For best consideration, submit applications by October 31, 2019, or until the position is filled.

Please submit the following materials:

1. Letter of application outlining research, teaching, and practice areas;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Contact information of five references;

4. Copies of teaching evaluations and samples of course syllabi, and

5. Examples of scholarly work

School of Social Work

University of Washington


Subject Line: Application for Assistant Professor

Inquiries can be directed to Co-Chairs of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Dr. Karina Walters ( or Dr. Mike Spencer (

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