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Assistant or Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver
Denver, USA, Colorado

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The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver is among the finest graduate schools of social work in the country. GSSW currently has a competitive PhD program and offers a Masters of Social Work degree at three campuses as well as an online program. GSSW is a vibrant center for intellectual development, a leader in promoting public impact and community engagement, and an advocate for inclusive, anti-racist social work.

Applications are invited for three tenure-track/tenured faculty positions for Fall 2022:

  • Two positions at the assistant professor rank
  • One position at the associate professor rank

While applicants across a range of expertise and substantive areas are invited to apply, we are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching demonstrate a commitment to social justice approaches to equity for historically excluded communities and focus on:

  • Health and wellness, including social work practice in health care settings, health disparities, health care access and equity, workforce issues in health care, and health policy.
  • Policy practice, including policy analysis, advocacy, and policy development, especially at the state, federal, or tribal level.
  • Anti-oppressive social work, including macro and micro interventions, the history and future of the profession, anti-racism, decolonizing social work training and research, and related areas.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.
  • Ability to teach at the university level, reflecting the school's and discipline's commitment to racial and social justice.
  • Ability to write extensively.
  • Ability to travel to professional meetings.
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching, student advising, and mentoring.
  • Excellent writing skills for publishing research findings.
  • Extremely high reasoning ability is of the utmost importance given the extent and complexity of a faculty member's role.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in social work or a related discipline by September 1, 2022.
  • Exhibit a developing agenda of publication, research, and external funding reflective of the rank for which they are applying, in addition to excellence or potential for excellence in teaching across the MSW and PhD curricula, and evidence of leadership (at the school and nationally) reflective of rank.
  • Applicants for the associate professor position must be tenured and meet GSSW tenure requirements for the rank.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW in addition to doctorate.
  • Two or more years post-MSW practice experience.
  • Research and teaching focus in health and wellness, policy practice, and/or anti-oppressive social work.

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter that illustrates your interests and expertise in teaching and research.
  3. Two samples of written/published material in which you contributed substantially to the conceptualization.
  4. Names and contact information for three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Applicants and referees will be contacted at a future date in the review process if letters will be requested.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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