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Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Dominican University
60305, River Forest

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Assistant Professor
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Four-Year Institution
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DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK (SSW) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position with a focus on Black or Latinx populations.


About the Position

As a diverse, Catholic HSI institution, we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and relationship-centered teaching and advising, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. All faculty members are expected to participate in University life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship.


We are particularly interested in appointing an assistant professor with specific research or practice experience with Latinx or Black individuals, families, or communities and a strong commitment to social justice and human rights issues.  


Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program
  • PhD in Social Work or related field, or other terminal degree (Ed.D, DSW, JD). ABD is encouraged with completion by May 2023.
  • Practice, research, and/or policy experience with Black and/or Latinx communities.   
  • Committed to working with first-generation, immigrant, and/or underrepresented/historically excluded students.
  • Experience teaching racially minoritized students; and demonstrated experience creating, organizing and/or leading programs for minoritized student populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more areas of expertise: School Social Work, Health & Well-being, Military Social Work, Global Social Work/Work with Immigrant or Refugee communities, Gerontology, and or Children, Youth and Families
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience (clinical or community-based)
  • Social work clinical license
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Publication experience 
  • Training or experience in active learning; and online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Candidates should have experience in using various forms of technologies in their teaching to foster student engagement.
  • Experience and/or interest in developing community-based collaborations.
  • Mentorship experience with Latinx and Black students and training or experience in culturally responsive teaching.
  • Experience teaching racially minoritized students and demonstrated experience creating, organizing, and/or leading programs for minoritized student populations.

Primary Responsibilities:

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the school's overall social work curriculum, initiate and publish research, teach three graduate level courses per semester, advise and mentor MSW students, and serve on school, college, and University committees. There will be opportunities for the candidate to participate in and/or lead grants. Faculty are supported through various professional development opportunities, mentoring, and small research grant opportunities.


About Dominican University:

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.


Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Hispanic. Among undergraduates, 63% are Hispanic, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.


About the School of Social Work: 

The School offers a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work and maintains a distinctive presence in Chicago and surrounding areas. The School prepares professional social workers for a globally focused, social justice-oriented practice through rigorous and relationship centered education. We offer our program at our main campus in River Forest, IL, at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, and online. With 9 full-time staff and faculty and a group of experienced and committed part-time faculty, the School is well-positioned to meet the needs of the social work profession and provide access to the profession for students from historically excluded communities. We offer several tracks: military, gerontology, child welfare, health & wellbeing, school social work, and global work with immigrants and refugees as well as dual degrees with the Brennan School of Business, the School of Information Studies, and the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. We have received two HRSA federal grants to support students from underrepresented communities, and we have several ongoing curriculum initiatives that seek to develop a Latinx serving program, and one that prepares social workers to work with minoritized groups. An expanded profile of the University and the School of Social Work can be found on the School of Social Work website:



All applicants must apply online at Please provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy that states how the candidate is prepared to instruct and mentor students in a Latinx serving institution.
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement that includes any relevant experience and leadership in working in diverse environments and how the candidate contributed to a culture of inclusion and equity.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research agenda that includes a commitment to Latinx and/or Black communities.
  • List of three professional references

Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.  Applications will be accepted starting in November of 2021, and review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A background screening is required upon hire. Inquiries and questions may be directed to Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa at [email protected]


Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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