Assistant or Associate Professor of Social Work - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Tenure-track faculty positions, effective August 16, 2016. Faculty members will teach online and face-to-face and be involved in research (including sponsored research), scholarly activities, advising and service.

The University of Alabama
School of Social Work


Assistant or Associate Professor of Social Work – Tenure Track
(Two faculty positions effective 8/16/2016)

Position Summary
The University of Alabama School of Social Work invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The positions are nine-month, full time, 1.0 FTE academic appointments scheduled to begin August 16, 2016. Responsibilities involve teaching (online and face-to-face), research (including sponsored research), scholarly activities, advising and service. Faculty hired into these positions will have the opportunity to teach across our three programs (e.g., BSW, MSW [online and traditional], and PhD).

We seek talented and innovative scholars who are actively engaged in research and will bring depth to their teaching of courses, and service to the university, community and profession. As a community of knowledge builders, we are looking for productive and creative colleagues who, through their scholarship, research and teaching, bring new perspectives to the synthesis of practice, policy, theory and research.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have an earned Doctorate in Social Work/Social Welfare or related discipline (e.g., education, human development/family studies, or public health) and a MSW with a minimum of two years post MSW practice experience. However, ABD’s will be considered who meet the position qualifications and include in their application materials a letter from their chair confirming a scheduled date of defense prior to the position start date. Candidates must have a good record of scholarship commensurate with their level of academic experience, which includes published research in refereed professional journals and/or books. We are strongly invested in recruiting colleagues who, in their practice and research, demonstrate experience with, knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and underrepresented populations and communities. Applicants should have an interest and expertise in reaching our diverse student body through online education.

Preferred Qualifications
Applicants with a track record of grant writing and/or sponsored projects, demonstrated competence in teaching face-to-face and online, and recent practice experience will be given extra consideration. Although all substantive areas will be considered, we are interested in applicants who have expertise in the areas of health and health disparities, mental health, policy, and other areas of expertise that fit curriculum demands and advance the standing of the School.

School of Social Work
The University’s School of Social Work, established in 1966, has an accomplished faculty of 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 15 full-time teaching faculty and 17 dedicated professional and support staff. The School has a long-standing internship program in Washington, DC and several international initiatives in locations including China, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico and soon Cuba. The school enjoys good relationships with federal, state and local social service, health and educational agencies and institutions. We have a strong and vibrant alumni community.

Faculty have excellent support for research and teaching, including state of the art computing equipment, multi-media classrooms, workload credit for research, a School of Social Work Office of Research and opportunities to work with nationally prominent research colleagues. For more information, please visit the School’s website:

The University of Alabama
The University is located in a vibrant, energetic college community in the center of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Located on 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways, it is one of the most beautiful campuses in the state. The University of Alabama has an enrollment of more than 36,000 students. Founded in 1831, it is the state’s oldest public university and the state’s flagship university. In recent years, it has achieved impressive growth in student enrollment and research funding and is classified as a high research activity university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The Community
The city of Tuscaloosa is located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in West Central Alabama. Approximately 200,000 people live in or near the Tuscaloosa metropolitan area. Our community offers good neighborhood schools, low crime rates, affordable housing, and excellent recreational opportunities. Residents are within easy driving distance to other fine cities such as Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Rank and salary are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation includes a benefits package with healthcare, reduced tuition rates and retirement. New faculty are provided a generous start up package which includes a discretionary budget, one graduate research assistant, priority opportunities to apply for university and school wide research funding, support for grant submission and funding, temporary reduced teaching schedule and in house library support. Summer teaching is typically available.

Application Process
We invite applications from well-qualified individuals who meet the minimum qualifications. The School strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups.

Please submit the following documents to:

• Letter of interest (in your cover letter, please address how your application meets the minimum and preferred qualifications and interest in teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Names and contact information for THREE references


Review of applications begins August 15, 2015 and will continue until positions are filled.

Confidential inquiries may be directed to:
Laura Hopson, Associate Professor; Chair, Search Committee,
The University of Alabama School of Social Work,
Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0314;; (205) 348-5270

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. Reasonable accommodation in the application and interview process may be requested by contacting Dr. Hopson.

Please visit our websites for additional information about the School of Social Work,, and The University of Alabama,

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Social Work
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter