School of Social Work, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-SSW-2018207 [#10205, 2018207]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor, Social Work
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Hartford, Connecticut 06103, United States [map]
Subject Area: Social Work
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/10/16, finished 2018/02/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

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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 20% among schools of social work nationally. More than one-third of our 400 students and 27 full time 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 in teaching, scholarship and community engagement include mental health, trauma and violence prevention and reduction; international social work and human rights; 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 now located in the midst of the new vibrant downtown Hartford 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. 

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the School of Social Work.


The successful candidate will be prepared to play a central role in the newly launched bachelor in social work program through classroom teaching; curriculum development and implementation; and academic and field advising for students. Collaborate in interprofessional initiatives within the University. Acquire external funding to support an active research and publication agenda, including support and mentorship of doctoral students. Mentor students in research, outreach, and professional development.  May serve on doctoral student committees, as appropriate, and participate in university, school, and community level service.  Successful candidates are expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and public engagement the richness of diversity; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and leadership in developing pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


A PhD degree in social work or a related field and an MSW is required. A minimum of 2 years post-MSW practice experience. Evidence of strong research skills, an active scholarly agenda that either fills gaps or strengthens areas in the current research portfolio of the school. The potential to obtain federal, state and/or private grants and contracts. Demonstrated potential for or evidence of excellence in teaching.  A commitment to the School of Social Work’s mission of advancing knowledge and community engagement to achieve human rights and social justice.


Prior BSW teaching experience. Demonstrated expertise in areas related to direct practice with groups and families. Demonstrated ability to integrate micro and macro perspectives and practice. Relevance to an urban environment, particularly in the areas of health, mental health, substance abuse and aging. Professional experience related to one of these identified areas of interest.  Experience in or commitment to working collaboratively within the school and across the university on multidisciplinary or inter-professional research initiatives.  Commitment to and/or experience in promoting and fostering a learning environment supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Ability to translate research from social work and related fields into teaching. Experience with or capacity for online and hybrid teaching.


This is a 9-month, tenure-track position with an expected start date of August 23, 2018.  Initial salary commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank.


Select "Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit the following

  • An updated CV;
  • A letter of application that provides a clear statement of your research and funding trajectory and how your agenda aligns with the priorities of this faculty position;
  • A statement that describes previous and potential contributions to promoting diversity through research, teaching, and/or service;
  • Representative samples of publications or scholarly writing;
  • Names and contact information of three references

References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018207)

Potential candidates can address questions to:

Edna Comer, Search Committee Co-Chair
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
38 Prospect St.
Hartford, CT 06103-2814

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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

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