Clinical Assistant Professor

Knoxville, TN
Feb 12, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Clinical Assistant Professor

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Feb 10, 2021

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) Program. Our program uses an online model with a brief in-person residency each summer. We are looking for a proven graduate instructor who has strong clinical practice experience, understands the needs of working MSW-level practitioners, and has experience with graduate education. We also seek a leader who can help the College move forward in our commitment to equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work and the University of Tennessee, a time of possibility and change. The College is under the leadership of a new Dean, Dr. Lori Messinger, and a new Chancellor, Dr. Donde Plowman, who together embrace a vision of the College as a national leader in engaged scholarship and a strong collaborator across the university and the country. The person hired in this position would become part of setting the priorities for the next chapter of our College and the DSW Program. The DSW Program is currently undergoing a redesign and preparing for a doctoral accreditation process being launched for DSW Programs for the first time by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

We are looking for an applicant who can become part of the team supporting our widely respected, advanced clinical doctoral program. The online intensive DSW Program enrolls more than 60 working professionals and prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership. Clinical faculty members develop and revise courses, teach courses in the DSW curriculum using our online model, mentor DSW students, and provide supervision of DSW research projects. This is a non-tenure track position.

With over 700 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly qualified social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The UTK Master of Social Work program has been ranked 22nd out of all public institutions in the nation by US News and World Report. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship, land grant campus and an R1 institution.

The Knoxville campus is nestled next to the thriving downtown area, which offers an array of local restaurants, shopping and entertainment just a short walk from campus. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small southern city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives to thriving cultural, music, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s diverse culture brings events such as Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. We are home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and UT Knoxville’s Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live. Numerous lakes and rivers surround the city, and Knoxville is located less than one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Required Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field.
  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Five years of post-MSW or doctoral clinical practice experience
  • Evidence of ability to teach at the graduate level
  • Evidence of ability to support the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of substantive expertise in one or more content areas in the DSW curriculum

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in doctoral education
  • Experience with clinical, translational, or program evaluation research and/or leadership/management
  • Experience with online education

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, curriculum vitae/resume, and names/addresses (postal and e-mail) and phone numbers of three references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by March 20, 2021, though review will continue until the appointment is made.

Inquires can be made to:

Ms. Natalie Crippen
The University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
402 Henson Hall
Knoxville, TN  37996-3333
(865) 974-6693 
[email protected]

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