University of Connecticut, School of Social Work

Program ID:UConn-SSW-497058 [#24003, 497058]
Program Title: Director of MSW Program and Associate Professor/Associate Professor in Residence
Program Type:Open Rank
Location:Hartford, Connecticut 06103, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Social Work
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/12/14, finished 2023/05/01, listed until 2023/12/14)

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut School of Social Work invites applications for an opening for an Associate Professor (tenure-track) or an Associate Professor in Residence (non-tenure track) who will serve as Director of the MSW Program. Applicants with practice and research expertise in micro and macro social work practice and experience in faculty leadership are sought.

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 populations. We are ranked in the top 12% of schools of social work nationally and number one in Connecticut. More than one-third of our 400 students and of our 27 faculty members belong to underrepresented groups in higher education. The School’s research doctorate is the only public social work Ph.D. program in the region. Areas of distinction include mental 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. Interdisciplinary collaborations are maintained with units across the University and we have an extensive collaboration network with public and private human service agencies for both research and training.

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 extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will serve as the MSW Program Director, overseeing and administering all aspects of the program, including classroom teaching; curriculum development, oversight and implementation, hiring of adjunct faculty; recruitment of MSW students; and liaison with departments across the University. Director will work closely with the Field Education Department on all issues related to MSW field placements and with the Office of Student and Academic Services. Director will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the program meet accreditation standards and for completing reports as required. Director will have primary teaching responsibilities in the MSW program but may have teaching assignments in the other degree programs. Director will participate in the pursuit, development, implementation, and leadership of social work training grants. Director will mentor students in outreach and professional development. Director will participate in University, School of Social Work, and community-level service. The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through their teaching and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools, and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests. Other duties as assigned.


An MSW degree in social work is required. A Ph.D. or DSW in social work or a related discipline is required. A minimum of 5 years post MSW clinical practice experience in one of the following areas: health, mental health, trauma, aging, substance use, violence prevention, school social work, child welfare, or criminal justice. Demonstrated experience with and commitment to working with clients/communities of color. Experience in teaching in an MSW program and familiarity with MSW curriculum. Experience supervising staff, and/or providing field instruction to students. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with academic committees.

Candidates for the Associate Professor (tenure-track) position must have a strong scholarly record commensurate with the academic rank of Associate Professor. Evidence of national or local leadership in social work or related discipline. A commitment to the School of Social Work’s mission of advancing knowledge and community engagement; to achieve human rights and social justice. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Demonstrated ability to integrate micro and macro perspectives and generalist practice. Demonstrated use of theories that inform the applicant’s research and/or teaching. Experience hiring and mentoring adjunct faculty. Commitment to and/or experience in promoting and fostering a learning environment supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Experience overseeing the MSW reaccreditation process. Experience with working with teams to address student urgencies. Experience in or commitment to working collaboratively with departments within the School and across the University on multidisciplinary or inter-professional initiatives. Experience with, or capacity for, online and hybrid teaching. 


This is a full-time 10-month faculty administrator appointment with an anticipated start date of before or by the Fall 2023 semester. The Associate Professor position is a 9-month tenure track position with an additional month for administrative responsibilities. The Associate Professor in Residence (APIR) position is a 9-month, non-tenure-track position with an additional month for administrative responsibilities. Initial salary commensurate with qualifications, experience, and educational degree.     


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:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Potential candidates can address questions to:

Joanne Corbin, PhD

Search Committee Chair

University of Connecticut School of Social Work

38 Prospect St.

Hartford, CT 06103-2814

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 to budgetary approval.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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University of Connecticut
School of Social Work
38 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103