Bridgewater State University — Assistant Professor, School of Social Work – Childhood Studies

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work – Childhood Studies

Department Summary:
The School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University has experienced dynamic growth and invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track teaching position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 2019. The School of Social Work houses a BSW program as well as an MSW program; both are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The successful candidate will also be teaching courses in our newly established interdisciplinary Childhood Studies minor.

Bridgewater State University is a regional comprehensive university located in Southeastern Massachusetts with easy access to Boston, Providence, and Cape Cod. Over two-thirds of our undergraduate students are first-generation college students, students of color, and/or Pell grant eligible. Our students have an enthusiasm for learning and a great capacity for overcoming obstacles. The University community is committed to student and faculty success. That commitment includes, as examples, maintaining small class sizes, opportunities for funding undergraduates to do research with faculty members, and graduate assistantships for MSW students to support faculty research.

The School of Social Work (SSW) at Bridgewater State University is part of a cohesive campus community that provides professional opportunities for faculty advancement in teaching and scholarship and a clear path to tenure. Funding for faculty scholarship is available through the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship as well as the Office of Teaching and Learning. There is also a significant institutional commitment and resources for undergraduate research and international engagement. The SSW is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff and students, and to promoting social justice. This emphasis is reflected throughout the University’s curricular and co-curricular activities.

Position Summary:

Position Type:

Essential Duties:
Principal assignment will be in the BSW program, with an expectation that the successful candidate will also teach in the interdisciplinary childhood studies minor. Cross-teaching opportunities in the MSW program may also be available. Primary teaching responsibilities may include the following courses: social welfare policy, the dynamics of diversity and oppression, human behavior and the social environment, introduction to childhood studies, practice courses, and field education. Teaching assignments will depend on the expertise of the candidate and programmatic needs. A commitment to working with non-traditional students may require evening and some weekend teaching. Additional responsibilities include student advising, curriculum/program development and assessment, and collaboration on school, college, and university-wide committees.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong commitment to excellence in teaching and advising and to working with a diverse student body. Applicants whose teaching and research agendas are informed by culturally inclusive and social justice approaches are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should also have an ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning, the ability to work collaboratively, evidence of scholarly activity, and a commitment to public higher education.

Required Qualifications:
– Earned doctorate in social work or a closely related field by September 1, 2019

– Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program

– At least two years of post-MSW practice experience with children and families

– Eligibility for clinical social work licensure in Massachusetts

– A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and community engagement

– Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to local agencies to supervise student field placements

-Record of scholarly productivity or professional impact in a clearly defined area of professional practice or teaching in one or more of the following areas: Child welfare, child and family mental health, childhood trauma or closely related interdisciplinary education.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Previous experience teaching social work in a CSWE accredited program at the undergraduate level; teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is highly desirable

– Practice experience and/or scholarship in one or more of the following areas:
• public child welfare
• migrant, refugee and immigrant children
• youth and intersectionality
• childhood health and wellness

– Engagement in well-defined ongoing research and scholarly activities

– Ability to teach theory and practice focused on children and families

Work Environment:

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Salary Range:
Posting Number: F00214P
Open Date: 09/07/2018
Close Date: 11/17/2018
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

*a minimum of three (3) professional references

Please attach the following materials:

*cover letter which addresses teaching philosophy and scholarship agenda


*a 500-750 word statement highlighting the candidate’s commitment to and/or engagement in the area of social justice and diversity (through teaching, research and/or service)

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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.