Bridgewater State University — Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

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).

Bridgewater State University is a regional comprehensive university located in Southeastern Massachusetts with easy access to Boston, Providence, and Cape Cod. Many of our students are working, first-generation college students, and/or students of color. 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, offering opportunities for funded undergraduate 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 MSW program, though there may be opportunities to cross-teach in the BSW program. Primary teaching responsibilities may include social policy, human behavior and the social environment, the dynamics of diversity and oppression. Teaching assignments will depend on the expertise of the candidate and programmatic needs. A commitment to working with non-traditional students will 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 a 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 have the ability to work collaboratively, an ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning, 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

– A demonstrated commitment, through research, practice or teaching, to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and community engagement

– Research, practice or teaching in one or more of the following areas: Substance use and misuse, child welfare, health care or trauma.

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

– At least two years of post-MSW experience in one or more of the areas: substance use and misuse, child welfare, health care or trauma.

– Engagement in well-defined ongoing research and scholarly activities

– Demonstrated record of, or potential for, effective teaching at the graduate level in a variety of instructional formats (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, online)

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: F00213P
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:

*cover letter which includes discussions of teaching philosophy as well as 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.