Work Schedule: Full-time, tenure-track position available September 1, 2019.
General Description: The Pacific Lutheran University Department of Social Work invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position starting Fall 2019. Applicants should be able to teach in our generalist social work practice classes, in particular, policy and macro practice, field seminar, introductory courses, and electives and/or interdisciplinary courses such as First Year Experience (FYEP) and/or International Honors (IHON). The hire is one of at least three occurring across the university with a focus on race and identity, including Sociology (criminology and race) and Hispanic Studies (Latino a/x studies, indigenous studies, or critical race studies).
The Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and has maintained accreditation since 1975. Diversity is a core value and foundational concept in the Department of Social Work and we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse faculty, staff, and student community. Fifty percent of our most recent graduating class of social work students were students of color and approximately one third of our current cohorts are also students of color. We have strong ties to the community and place a strong emphasis on collaborative approaches to complex social issues. Faculty seek to advance the University’s vision of academic distinction through our emphasis on service to the University, the department, and the community, student-faculty collaboration in research and service projects, and by helping students find their own paths to meaningful and successful lives.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate courses in macro practice, policy, field seminar, introductory social work classes, and elective(s) or interdisciplinary programs such as First Year Experience (FYEP) or International Honors (IHON). In addition, the successful candidate is expected to serve in the department and contribute to the larger life of the University through advising, committee work, and other service activities. The individual must have a clearly defined scholarship agenda relevant to social work and a commitment to strong teaching.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: -We seek collegial faculty who view themselves foremost as educators and possess a commitment to, and knowledge of, effective teaching strategies. -Applicants should have a familiarity with macro practice and policy. -Prospective candidates should have a background working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups and/or diverse students. -Ability to contribute to fostering diversity of the campus, the curriculum, and/or academic division. -Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching in a university that blends the liberal arts with a generalist-focused professional education in social work.
Required Qualifications: -Ph.D. in Social Work or closely related field. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2019. -MSW from a CSWE accredited program plus two years-post MSW practice experience. -Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States on hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: -Previous teaching experience in macro practice and/or policy, yet all will be considered. -Previous undergraduate teaching experience. -Experience working with diverse students. -Understand the impact of race and other forms of diversity on policy and macro practice. -Preference for professional faculty who view themselves as inclusive educators who are committed to supporting students as they discover their vocation.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit: -Cover Letter -Curriculum Vitae -List of 3 References -Statement of Teaching Philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address pedagogical methods that address learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, attention to diverse perspectives or methodologies in research and publications, and address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.
Teaching Evaluations will be requested from semi-finalists.
For inquiries, please contact David Simpson, search committee chair, at 253-535-7747 or email@example.com.
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.