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Visiting Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor, Social Work (BSW)

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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

invites applications for a Visiting Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor

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. Specifically, we are particularly interested in a faculty member who will support the development of establishing a BSW curriculum at Dominican University. The ideal candidate would have experience developing or teaching at the BSW level with a focus on anti -racist and decolonizing pedagogies. Applicants with practice experience in working with historically minoritized/ excluded communities, and/or the Latine communities are encouraged to apply. This is a 2- year visiting position appointment with the possibility of tenure track conversion.

Primary Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will help maintain and develop the new BSW curriculum while also teaching within the MSW curriculum. Once the BSW program is established, the successful candidate will serve as BSW faculty.  Furthermore, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the school's overall social work curriculum, teach undergraduate/graduate level courses, advise and mentor students, and serve on school, college, and University committees. Faculty are supported through various professional development opportunities, mentoring, and small research grant opportunities.


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, Associate or full 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.
  • LSW (prior to start date)

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 2025.
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience (clinical or community-based).
  • Experience in working with undergraduate students
  • 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 Latine and Black students and training or experience in culturally responsive teaching.

About Dominican University:

Founded in 1901 by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship- centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.

Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Latinx. Among undergraduates, 63% are Latinx, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities. For more information about Dominican University, see

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 When applying for the job, please submit three files in the DU Job Portal:

  • Cover Letter
  • Two Statements (combined into one file) on:
    • Teaching Philosophy that states experience in creating or contributing to curriculum at the undergraduate BSW level.
    • Equity and Inclusion Statement 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 (CV) with list of three professional references

A background screening is required.


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 search committee chair, Dr. Julie Bach at


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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