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Assistant or Associate Professor of Social Work

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Professional Fields, Social Work, Social Sciences
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Eastern Mennonite University, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, seeks to hire a multidisciplinary cohort of faculty to advance the university’s strategic goals for inclusive excellence, striving to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. As a vibrant university renowned for its peace and justice emphases, EMU is dedicated to enhancing racial justice and social change, and we provide opportunities for faculty collaboration across disciplines and communities. Candidates must have a strong commitment to high quality teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising students, particularly those from underrepresented/underserved populations. In addition to teaching excellence, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and to service, both on and off campus. More details about EMU’s cohort hiring initiative are available at this link.

POSITION: Full-time Assistant or Associate Professor in a tenure-track faculty position for Social Work. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  MSW degree and a minimum of two years practice experience is required.  Preferred candidates will possess a Ph.D. degree in Social Work or related discipline, or be ABD, OR possess an MSW degree with advanced practice experience, licensure in social work, and/or previous college teaching experience in the discipline. 

Intercultural (international) experience is desirable; a strong affinity for the values espoused by EMU that draw from its Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage; desire and ability to engage diverse students.


This is an opportunity to join a progressive learning community and make collaborative contributions teaching from your base of scholarship and/or practice background. The position will carry both teaching and field responsibilities (typically with three courses per semester with additional field or administrative assignment). Applicants must have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising students.  Engagement in ongoing scholarly activity and departmental service is expected.

Eastern Mennonite University’s BSW program, located at Harrisonburg, has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education [CSWE] since 1976.  We are a distinctive social work program in a historically faith-based institution where values of community, service, and peacebuilding are practiced.

The CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards provide a foundation for the program’s curriculum and assessment of student learning outcomes.  The program is additionally grounded in an implicit curriculum provided by a vibrant University, renown for its peace and justice emphases, which draw diverse people from all over the world for study.  The University’s CORE education requirements emphasize diversity, inter-faith dialogue, and inter-cultural understanding.  Every undergraduate student must fulfill inter-cultural requirements through structured group experiences; most travel for a semester in other countries.  The campus community encourages caring relationships, deep spiritual exploration, and a global perspective. 

POSITION DETAILS: Nine-month contract, 24 semester hours per year. Salary determined by education and experience. EMU uses a tenure with post-tenure review contract system. 

APPOINTMENT DATE: Positions begin mid-August 2022. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open. 

INQUIRIES: Application review begins November 1, 2021 and is ongoing. Select applicants will be asked to respond to questions relevant to EMU’s faith-based mission. The cover letter should include information on how the candidate’s experience will contribute to the university’s mission, especially its strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and contact information for three professional references should be submitted here. Informal inquiries may be directed to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professions Dr. David Brubaker at [email protected]

Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

EMU seeks faculty who show promise of or have demonstrated 

  • teaching excellence in a Christian liberal arts environment,
  • a commitment to ongoing scholarship, and
  • familiarity with and respect for Anabaptist/Mennonite Christian faith practices.

EMU pursues creativity, innovation, and excellence in all educational programs and invites students to follow Christ’s call to witness faithfully, serve compassionately, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.


A leader among faith-based universities, Eastern Mennonite University emphasizes peacebuilding, sustainability, experiential learning, and cross-cultural engagement. Founded in 1917 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, EMU is an educational institution of Mennonite Church USA. EMU serves students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and confers undergraduate, graduate, professional and seminary degrees.

Through 41 majors, 37 minors, two pre-professional programs, 15 teacher education programs/licensures, and four associate degrees, EMU educates students to serve and lead in a global context. A cross-cultural program providing immersion in another culture has long been a requirement for all students. Our community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter.

Professors mentor students to encourage growth in their faith in a caring community, to broaden their worldview through study and relationship-building, and to work collaboratively to reach new academic heights. EMU grads are serving and leading all over the world.


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