University of Vermont — Associate Professor of Social Work


The College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont seeks applicants for a full- time, nine-month, tenure-track position in the area of Social Work, beginning in Fall, 2022. We invite applications at the rank of assistant/associate professor. Candidates should have knowledge of, and a commitment to transformative perspectives. An ability to teach in specialist areas such as substance use disorder, aging, healthcare, race, or child welfare is strongly preferred. Primary responsibilities for this faculty position include teaching in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, conducting a research agenda with strong potential for extramural funding, and providing service to the college, university, and community.

The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The College
The Department of Social Work is situated within the College of Education and Social Services. The College’s mission is to educate and prepare outstanding professionals in social work, education, and human services; engage in scholarship of high quality; and provide exemplary professional service to Vermont, the nation, and the world. We do this to contribute to a more humane and just society, free from oppression, that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families and communities.

The Department
The Department of Social Work’s accredited BSW and MSW programs prepare social work professionals for direct practice, policy, and administrative positions in diverse contexts. Our curricula emphasize a critical, reflective orientation and social workers as collaborative agents of change. Our programs are informed by critical and social constructionist perspectives.

The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.

The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities that may include:

  • Maintaining an active research agenda, securing extramural funding, and publishing results in peer- reviewed journals;
  • Teaching and advising in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the core areas of the Department of Social Work curriculum (research methods, human behavior and the social environment, and/or generalist social work practice);
  • Supervising undergraduate/graduate students in practicum and internship settings;
  • Collaborating with Department of Social Work faculty and staff in departmental governance, program development, and scholarship and service;
  • Serving as an active member of relevant scholarly societies and/or professional associations; and
  • Engaging in service and outreach activities at the college, university, regional, state, national and international levels.


  • Earned doctorate in Social Work;
  • Two years post-MSW practice experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice and experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations;
  • A record of publication commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured associate professor, or evidence of potential for a publication trajectory commensurate with appointment at the rank of assistant professor;
  • A record of extramural funding commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured associate professor, or evidence of potential for a generating extramural funding commensurate with appointment at the rank of assistant professor
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level;
  • Strong collegial, communication, and collaborative teamwork skills;
  • Knowledge of relevant national accrediting bodies and professional standards, including CSWE accreditation processes.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. For more detailed information about us, visit our web pages at the College of Education and Social Services’ website,; and the University of Vermont’s website,

The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice and Responsibility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground.

Anticipated starting date is August 22, 2022. Please apply online at Include 1) a cover letter with a brief description of your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a current curriculum vitae 3) a separate statement on how you will contribute to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence at the University of Vermont; 4) a teaching philosophy statement; 5) a statement of your research focus and agenda; and 6) the names and email addresses of three references that can be contacted for letters of support before a candidate is advanced in the search process. For more information about the position, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Jan Fook by email at or by phone at 802-656-8800.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.