Assistant Professor (Social Welfare/Immigration) - Social Work - 13520


The Department of Social Work in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social work, research, and service to the university and community.


The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate social work courses across the curriculum. Applicants with teaching and/or research experience in the fields of multicultural practice/policy, immigration issues, and international social work practice/policy are highly valued. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The Social Work Department is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications that reflect these aims. Rank: Assistant Professor.


An earned MSW from an accredited Social Work Program and doctorate in social work or closely related field are required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2018; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2019 in advance of their first scheduled review. Candidates must have experience in college teaching and in an online teaching environment. Demonstrated excellence in teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of students from diverse background, clear evidence of scholarly potential, and demonstrated commitment to social justice are also required. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

Applicants with training in quantitative research methods and experience conducting applied and/or community-based research; At least two years of post-MSW practice experience; State of Wisconsin Licensure or the eligibility for the licensure.


Faculty members will assume a 4/4 teaching load and teach core and elective social work courses. There may be opportunities for teaching interdisciplinary courses across disciplines. Responsibilities also include course and curriculum planning and maintaining active research agenda. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings or on weekends. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving to student success.


Our BSW program, accredited since 1974, is known for strong student-faculty interaction and dynamically engaged students. We are starting the MSW program in the Fall 2018. The Social Work Department is actively engaged with social service agencies, the surrounding area, and numerous professional organizations. The department faculty is known for its collegiality and collaborative working environment. The department is supportive of research and new course development. Visit https://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/social-work, for more information.


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu ) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.
UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Complete applications received by November 9, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Applicants who would like to have an informational interview at the CSWE APM are encouraged to apply by October 13. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Yeongmin Kim, Search Committee Chair


A complete application includes online submission of the following materials:

  • A cover letter;
  • Curriculum vita;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Research statement;
  • A sample of scholarly writing;
  • Copies of unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position);
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (with candidate name in the subject line), must be sent to socialwork@uww.edu by the references directly. 
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