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Assistant Professor

University of Connecticut
School of Social Work

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Search #: 497880
Work type: Full-time
Location: School of Social Work
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The University of Connecticut School of Social Work invites applications for a full-time (9-month appointment) tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The UConn School of Social Work seeks highly motivated and productive early career scholars who are committed to research, social justice, and social work education. We are open to various areas of research and are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship addresses health equity.

The University of Connecticut School of Social Work is a national leader in graduate social work education with a tradition of educating and serving diverse communities. We are ranked in the top 12% of schools of social work nationally and number one in Connecticut. The school’s research doctorate is the only public social work Ph.D. program in the region. Our externally funded portfolio exceeds $41 million dollars. Areas of distinction include child welfare and child well-being; behavioral health, trauma and violence prevention and reduction; international social work and human rights; immigrant and refugee studies; social and health disparities; diversity and cultural competence; and policy analysis, advocacy, and community organizing. The UConn School of Social Work is also home to the Innovations Institute, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary implementation and translational research center. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive faculty environment and especially welcome applicants from historically underrepresented groups. Our faculty is collegial, supportive, and dedicated to the success of our early career faculty.

The UConn School of Social Work is located on the vibrant downtown Hartford regional campus. This neighborhood campus includes other UConn graduate and undergraduate academic programs and research centers, cultural institutions, and state and city government offices. This situates us ideally for carrying out our central academic mission and provides enhanced opportunities for building upon our existing community collaborations and expanding to new ones within a multicultural capital city.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become highly selective.


Maintain an active research and publication agenda. Seek and acquire external funding as appropriate. Teach across the curriculum in BSW, MSW, and/or Ph.D. programs, as appropriate, and demonstrate effective instruction. Advise and mentor students. Serve on doctoral student committees and as a major advisor, as appropriate, and participate in University, School, professional, local, and national level service.


Ph.D. in social work or a related discipline; Early record and potential for excellence in scholarship, external funding, teaching, and mentoring; Demonstrated commitment to social work values, including social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


M.S.W. degree; Post-doctoral training; Expertise in health equity; Experience in or commitment to working collaboratively on inter-disciplinary research initiatives; Social work practice experience.


This is a 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Hartford campus.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online: and submit the following application materials:

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter that comments on the relevant minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Research statement that describes the candidate's research and extramural funding trajectory and explains how the candidate’s research agenda aligns with the priorities of the School and this position.
  • Diversity statement that describes previous and potential contributions to promoting diversity and anti-oppression in your teaching, service, and plan of research.
  • Representative samples of up to three (3) publications.
  • Names and contact information of three (3) references.

Applicants can address questions by email to:

Jennifer Manuel, PhD
Nate Okpych, PhD
Search Committee Co-Chairs
University of Connecticut
School of Social Work
38 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103

References will not be contacted without the prior permission of the candidate. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the School of Social Work please visit our website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Advertised: Sep 25 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 24 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at UCONN

The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

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