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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Social Work

Erikson Institute
Chicago, Illinois

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Social Work

Erikson Institute, a premier graduate school in child development, early childhood education, and social work, is seeking to hire 2 tenure-track assistant professors with well-developed research agendas inclusive of equity and justice. Erikson’s CSWE-accredited MSW program is developmentally-informed and relationship-based, with a focus on reflective practice.  The program offers two areas of specialized practice: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Adults.  We seek a deeply collaborative colleague to engage in dynamic teaching online and in person, impactful research with disinvested communities, and innovative program development.




The ideal candidate will demonstrate strength in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, potential for mentoring MSW and PhD students, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and racial, social, and economic justice.  They will have a defined area of social work practice which has the potential to significantly impact the field.




This is a ten-month position, including funded time for research and scholarship. The position includes teaching a 2/2 course load per academic year, mentoring students, and engaging in program service activities, including committees, curriculum development, and program planning. This position is tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.




Minimum Qualifications


  • An earned MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program A DSW in social work or Ph.D in social work or closely aligned field by position start date At least two years of social work practice experience beyond the M.S.W. degree preferably with children, adolescents, and families Expertise or interest in curricular innovations prioritizing social justice Ability to teach in a core curriculum area (e.g., research methods, clinical practice, policy) A scholarly record of research presentations and publications Highest ethical standards Ability to promote collaborative and positive relationships with faculty, staff, students Experience working with ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse populations



Preferred Qualifications


  • Defined area of social work practice which has the potential to significantly impact the field Successful record of university teaching online and in person Capacity and interest to engage in program evaluation and ongoing improvement Demonstrated record for external funding Successful experience and expertise in graduate student mentoring and advisement


This job description describes the general nature and level of work assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills.






Application reviews will begin September 1. Applications received by October 30, 2023 will receive full consideration.



 Application Materials Required


  • A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) describing research interests, methodological expertise, prospective sources of grant funding, and long-term career goals Curriculum Vita Reprints of 2-3 peer-reviewed publications (within the last 3 years) Teaching evaluations Reference list, not reference letters (3-4 names and contact information).



NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.




About Erikson Institute


Founded in 1966 with a strong commitment to social justice, Erikson Institute is dedicated to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential. To learn more, visit our website at




Equal Opportunity Employment


Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application and/or hiring process).


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