Olivet College — Assistant Professor of Social Work & Bachelor of Social Work Program Director

Olivet College, a liberal arts college in south central Michigan with a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, seeks an Assistant Professor of Social Work & BSW Program Director to develop our emerging Bachelor of Social Work program. We are looking for the right individual to expand our existing social work minor into an accredited bachelor’s-level program.  Responsibilities include preparing the program for approval with the Higher Learning Commission and eventual accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), including the successful completion of the self-study and the alignment of the curriculum with the nine CSWE Social Work Competencies.  Experience with CSWE and the accreditation process is essential.  Expected full launch of the program is Fall 2023.  As part of the initial program start up, the successful candidate will design a CSWE-aligned curriculum and develop connections in local and regional communities with the goal of developing effective and engaging field education sites for our students. We are seeking an individual interested in pursuing a leadership position in an emerging program training social workers to serve our world.

The position is a full-time tenure track faculty position appointed at the assistant or associate professor rank, depending upon prior academic positions, and will be responsible for instruction at the undergraduate level. The college’s plan is ultimately to develop a master of social work program at the college as well, building upon a successful BSW program. The successful candidates will work with students in the program, provide instruction and program development, and actively engage in scholarship in their areas of disciplinary interest. 

Given the college’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty, members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  The BSW program must include a strong commitment to preparing social workers who are devoted to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are seeking colleagues who share our institutional vision of individual and social responsibility and who can work collaboratively to develop this exciting program at the college.

Position Requirements:  DSW or PhD in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program is preferred; ABD or a Master’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program with at least two years of post-Master’s degree practice experience is required.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated successful teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must indicate a clear commitment to teaching and provide evidence of the ability to create positive and engaging learning experiences for students and facilitate student learning in the classroom and online.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated competence working with culturally diverse groups in teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and engaging academic environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the program and will be provided with course releases to fulfill the administrative responsibilities of their position. Core faculty in the program are responsible for course delivery and curriculum development, as well as engagement with students in the capacity of mentor and academic advisor. Along with instruction and student engagement, faculty responsibilities include scholarship and service to the college, the discipline or profession, and the larger society. Faculty members are expected to participate in the academic life of the Social Science department and the college.

Starting Date:  July 1, 2022.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.

Application Process:  Click on this link to go to the online application site:  Career Center

Once in the Career Center, click on the job title to view the posting and click “Apply” to set up a profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. Evidence of professional licensure;
  4. One-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with a diverse population of students in a multi-ethnic environment;
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy and approach to the assessment of student learning;
  6. Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial) and/or documentation of graduate coursework or relevant certification in the area of instruction; and
  7. Student evaluations (if available).

Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted.

About the College:  Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay.  The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students.  The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff.  Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2021 undergraduate student body, with over 17% of the student body identifying as African American.  The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees.  The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.

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