Associate or Full Professor, The University of Alabama Academic Chair in the School of Social Work - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States


Detailed Job Description

We seek a colleague with an exceptionally strong record of scholarship, national recognition in one or more areas of specialization in social work, and a continuing record of mentorship and externally funded research. Classroom and or online teaching in the chair’s area of expertise will also be expected.

The University of Alabama
School of Social Work


(One faculty position effective 8/16/2015)

Position Summary
The School of Social Work at The University of Alabama invites nominations and applications for The University of Alabama Endowed Chair in Social Work. Applicants should be eligible for appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure. The position is a nine-month, full time, 1.0 FTE academic appointment.

We seek a colleague with a doctorate in social work, social welfare, or a closely related field and, preferably, a MSW and two years professional practice experience. Applicants should have an exceptionally strong record of scholarship, national recognition in one or more areas of specialization in social work, and a continuing record of mentorship and externally funded research.

We seek a talented and innovative scholar who is actively engaged in research and will bring depth to their teaching of courses, and service to the university, community and profession. Classroom and or online teaching in the chair’s area of expertise will also be expected. The school will provide generous resources in support of the chair holder’s program of scholarly research. As a community of knowledge builders, we are looking for a productive, collegial, and creative colleague who, through their scholarship, research and teaching, will bring new perspectives to the synthesis of social work practice, policy, theory and research to our school and university.
The School will provide generous resources in support of the chair’s program of scholarly research. As is expected of all senior faculty members in the School, the chair holder will be expected to mentor junior colleagues and students in developing and carrying out their research and scholarship activities. Classroom and or online teaching in the chair’s area of expertise will also be expected.

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 of Social Work has an active enrollment of approximately 400 students in the MSW program, 200 students in the BSW program and 40 in the Ph.D. program.

Our school enjoys excellent collaborative relationships with social service agencies throughout the state of Alabama. Additionally, there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary research within the University. These opportunities include strong program relationships with Psychology, Nursing, and Community Health Sciences. Additional collaboration involves affiliations with the University’s research centers and institutes including the Center for Mental Health and Aging, the Institute for Rural Health Services, the Institute for Social Science Research and the Center for the Prevention of Youth and Behavior Problems – all of which provide rich opportunities for interdisciplinary and interprofessional research and collaboration.

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 ranked as a VH (very high) research university.
Our 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.

Application Process
We invite applications from well-qualified individuals who meet the scholarly and research 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 qualifications and expectations and what you would bring to this position)

• Curriculum Vitae

• Names and contact information for FOUR references (include with your Vitae document)

Review of first round of submission of all materials is January 2, 2015.
However, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Confidential inquiries may be directed to:
Vikki Vandiver, Dean and Professor; Chair, Search Committee,
The University of Alabama School of Social Work,
Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0314; 205-348-3924

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. Vandiver.

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
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Associate Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter