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Assistant Professor in Social Work

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Social Work and Criminal Justice

Title: Assistant Professor in Social Work

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites applications for three full-time tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Social Work beginning September 16, 2022.  These are full-time positions with a nine-month service period. The positions’ teaching responsibilities are primarily in the Social Work degree programs. The duties of these positions include teaching, engaging in scholarship activities, and departmental, campus, and community service. The successful applicant will be expected to teach and engage in research related to communities that are disproportionately impacted by racial, social, and economic injustices. The successful applicant will be expected to teach across the BASW and MSW curriculum, particularly diversity and social justice courses, research methods, and/or community and organizational (macro) practice courses. 

The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at UW Tacoma offers three degrees. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program consists of 145 part-time, evening students, inclusive of a part-time Advanced Standing program with approximately 30 students. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) program enrolls approximately 105 students. The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with both on-campus and online delivery formats and an average annual enrollment of 200 students. The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice affirms the tradition of promoting social, racial and economic justice. We aim to enhance the quality of life for all, with special attention to human diversities, populations at risk, public social services, and the prevention of social problems. As a community of diverse scholars, we advance the social work and criminal justice professions through our preparation of graduates for ethical, culturally responsive, evidence-based, anti-racist practice and through scholarship that advances the knowledge base of both professions. The faculty at UW Tacoma value relationships with students and each other. We are committed to fostering the success of our students, serving the greater Tacoma community through publicly engaged scholarship, and upholding excellence in teaching in the classroom and online.  

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving Carnegie engagement designated university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees for the diverse population of the South Puget Sound region. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.  For additional information about UW Tacoma, please see our website at


A doctoral degree or foreign equivalent in social work or a closely related field by the time of appointment. An MSW from a CSWE accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) OR a master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in a closely related field is also required. A minimum of two years of full-time post-MSW/Master’s practice or research experience for all applicants is required. Applicants must have a demonstrated research agenda. They must have teaching experience in academic or non-profit settings. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, demonstrated service experience on campus, in professional organizations, agencies or in their communities. Applicants must demonstrate experience working with, or scholarship related to, communities that are disproportionately impacted by racial, social and economic injustices. 


Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with credentials. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically through Interfolio: 

  1. Cover letter discussing the applicant’s fit with the qualifications and responsibilities in the areas of research, teaching, and service outlined above, 
  2. a diversity statement that addresses how their teaching, service and scholarship has supported or will support the success of students/individuals/communities from racial, ethnic, gender and other underrepresented/marginalized backgrounds, 
  3. a curriculum vitae, 
  4. a representative example of scholarship,  
  5. teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 
  6. names and contact information for four references (you will be asked to upload each reference separately). 

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qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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