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Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Professional Fields, Social Work
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Title: Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor

FLSA Status: Salaried, exempt

Department: School of Social Work

Reports to: Director, School of Social Work

Job Status: Full-time

About the Position
As a diverse Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), 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, research, and governance practices. We are particularly interested in appointing a faculty member (Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor, or Assistant Professor) with practice and/or research focus one of these areas: Military Social Work, Gerontology, School Social Work, or historically excluded/minoritized communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program
  • LCSW required for Clinical Assistant Professor, five years post MSW experience required for Lecturer, PhD required or within year of completion for Assistant Professor
  • A commitment to their teaching excellence and development regarding inclusive, critical, active pedagogical approaches as well as in online/in-person and hybrid formats.
  • A commitment to working with first-generation, immigrant, and/or underrepresented/historically excluded students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Work or related field, or other terminal degree (Ed.D, DSW, JD). ABD is encouraged with completion by the end of 2024.
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience (clinical or community-based).
  • One or more areas of expertise: School Social Work, Military Social Work, and/or Gerontology.
  • Social work clinical license (LCSW) Bilingual in Spanish and English Publication experience
  • Experience and/or interest in developing community-based collaborations.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching or creating, organizing and/or leading programs for minoritized student populations
  • Mentorship experience with Latinx and Black students and training or experience in culturally responsive teaching.

Primary Responsibilities:
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the school's overall social work curriculum, initiate and publish research, teach graduate level courses, 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.

Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.

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, children, youth and families, 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: Candidate must be willing to provide students with opportunities to participate in high impact practices. All faculty members are expected to participate in university life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship. As such, this is not a remote position.

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 minoritized students in a Latinx-serving institution. Include area of expertise/intended area of research
  • 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 & a list of three professional references

A background screening is required upon hire. Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided. Applications are being accepted and reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and questions may be directed to Dr. Adrian Kok ([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 accommodation in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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