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Assistant/Associate Professor - Social Work

San José State University
San José
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Job no: 507470
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Faculty - Health Sciences

Position Rank and Title: Assistant or Associate Professor

School/Department Name: School of Social Work

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: Position open until filled. Review of applications will start January 24, 2022 for those who have submitted all the required documents.

Position Description

The School of Social Work at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in generalist and advanced generalist social work practice with diverse populations with a particular focus on Latinx/a/o communities. Candidates with a specialization in any of the following curriculum areas are encouraged to apply: advanced practice, psychopharmacology, substance use, children/adolescents/families, or communities and macro work. Also, experts in health equity, modes of service delivery (e.g., telehealth), gun violence, or crisis/disaster response would add to our faculty team. Given our Transcultural Perspective and mission focusing on serving marginalized and oppressed populations, as well as history of community-partnered applied research and practice, and interprofessional engagement, we are seeking candidates with experience and research agenda relevant to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This position is one of several recruitments focused on Latinx/a/o experiences across campus, including fields such as Educational Counseling, English and Comparative Literature, Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Information, the School of Management, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and more. This is one of two searches in Social Work; the other is for a generalist and advanced generalist Assistant Professor.

The School of Social Work and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • The candidate for this Assistant or Associate Professor position should have a focus on Latinx communities, for example in practice, teaching, research, or community service.
  • A Doctorate in Social Work, Social Welfare, or related field; an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program;
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience. Multicultural populations include, but not limited to, those experiencing marginalization, discrimination, or systematic oppression based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality, and/or socioeconomic status;
  • Research and scholarship including publications, strong research trajectory, and/or potential for publications;
  • Teaching experience appropriate to academic specialty, and ability to teach in both in-person and online environments (a minimum of two years of post-MSW social work practice experience, if teaching practice courses is required);

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the trends in the social work profession in the context of diversity, globalization, and environmentalism, including specializations with certain cultural and/or language groups;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and advancement of health equity;
  • An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding;
  • Evidence of both undergraduate and graduate teaching and student mentoring;
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience at the university level;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to be collegial and collaborative
  • For those applying for an Associate Professor position, a strong record of achievement in teaching, research, and service demonstrated at previous institutions, and demonstrated curricular, mentorship, research and/or professional leadership

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the mission of the School of Social Work;
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarly, and/or creative activities (RSCA) and other professional engagement;
  • Participate in admissions and advising;
  • Attend meetings and perform committee and other service at the department, college, and university levels;
  • Participate in curriculum development to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population;
  • Participate in the activities and preparation needed to maintain accreditation;
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
  • Candidates seeking an Associate Professor position would be expected to participate in School, College, and University service appropriate for this rank.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest (500 words maximum)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity statement (500 words maximum)
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (500 words maximum)
  • Research plans (500 words maximum)
  • Three reference letters

Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Peter Allen Lee, Director and Professor, School of Social Work: [email protected]

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: March 08, 2022 (8:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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