Assistant Professor of Social Work

Oct 01, 2019
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Assistant Professor of Social Work

About Westfield State University:
Westfield State University is a public, teaching-centered, liberal arts college located in Western Massachusetts approximately 90 miles from Boston, two hours to New York City, and 30 minutes from the Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield areas. With an undergraduate and graduate student population of 6,200 students, the institution is ranked #32 among public universities in the Best Regional Universities-North section of the latest U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" list.

Westfield State was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. A Chronicle of Higher Education "Great Colleges to Work For" designee in 2011, the University is dedicated to and continues to live its tradition of providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Faculty responsibilities include advising students, service to the University, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the department, and the community, and an active research agenda.

Job Description:
Campus Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work
State Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Social Work
Job Code: HA3200
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100 (State Funds)
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full-Time Tenure-Track
Timeframe: Academic Calendar
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Salary: $60,000.00-$70,000.00

Program Description:

The Department of Social Work at Westfield State University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin September, 2020 on the Westfield campus. The Department of Social Work at Westfield State University provides generalist social work education to over 100 BSW students, and clinically-focused social work education to over 300 MSW students. Both Programs use hybrid and online delivery models, in addition to fully on the ground classes in the BSW Program

General Statement of Duties:

The position will teach across the BSW and MSW Programs in Westfield, MA. The teaching load will be 24 credits per year (12 credits per semester), in addition to advising, scholarship, and service. Applicants who have the ability to teach generalist content in Diversity & Social Justice, Social Welfare Policy, and Integrative Field Education Seminars are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

  • Teaching 12 credits per semester;
  • Student advising;
  • Scholarship;
  • Service to the University and wider community.

Qualifications Required:

  • A doctoral degree, DSW or Ph.D. in Social Work or a closely related social science field.
  • Master of Social Work degree
  • Minimum of two years post-masters direct practice experience

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Applicants who have the ability to teach generalist content in Diversity & Social Justice, Social Welfare Policy, and Integrative Field Education Seminars are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:
Commitment to Diversity:

Westfield State University was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann as the first co-educational teaching college in the United States to offer an education without barrier to race, gender, or economic status, and these founding values of inclusion and service still guide our institution's mission. provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

The search for this position will begin immediately and remain open until filled. If you would like more information about the position please contact:

Dr. Nora Padykula, Chair of the Department of Social Work

[email protected] or 413-572-8239

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:
Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts for professional degrees
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three professional references

Please visit the WSU website for more information about our institution:

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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