Assistant Professor - Tenure Track, Social Work

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Professional Fields, Social Work
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

The mission of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is to prepare future leaders, to advance human well-being and improve quality of life for diverse populations, with an emphasis on rural communities in North Dakota, the region and beyond, through the provision of high-quality innovative interprofessional education, research and service. The CNPD is comprised of three departments: Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics and Social Work.

The department of Social Work is seeking a full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty member to carry out a robust research agenda, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute to the mission of the department, university and profession through service activities. This individual will contribute to a productive and collegial academic team and will develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with students. UND Social Work faculty teach in both our campus-based and online distance programs (BSSW and Advanced Generalist MSW). We offer the only MSW Program in the state and are committed to providing educational access to non-traditional students, especially those interested in serving rural areas and Native American communities. In our rural state, our department has strong partnerships with the state Division of Children and Family Services and houses its training arm, the Children and Family Services Training Center. Our department is also strongly committed to partnerships with our state’s Tribal communities. This position requires an in-person, on-campus presence.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 8 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities will be in teaching, research and service/outreach. To ensure establishment of a robust research program, the successful candidate will teach the equivalent of a 12-credit course load the first year and a 15-credit course load in subsequent years.  

The successful candidate will develop a nationally/internationally recognized research program aligned with UND’s Grand Challenges and will engage in active efforts to pursue and secure external funding to build research infrastructure and will participate in professional and Departmental/University outreach and service activities. UND and its colleges value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from under-represented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies
  • Highly-developed oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong commitment to collegiality
  • High interest in working as part of a collaborative team
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to the profession's values, including diversity and social justice
Minimum Requirements
  • CSWE approved MSW or equivalent and ability to be licensed in North Dakota
  • Doctoral degree in Social Work OR related field (ABD considered)
  • Evidence of relevant scholarly productivity
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Social Work
  • 2 years post MSW practice experience
  • Practice or research experience with indigenous populations
  • Teaching experience
Contract Period/Start Date

Start date is tentatively August 16, 2023. A normal 9-month contract covers August 16 - May 15 each year.

To Apply

Applications will first be reviewed on February 1, 2023. Please include the following materials with your application:

  • Cover Letter or Letter of Interest
  • Current Vita/Resume
  • 3 References (name, phone number and email address)

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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