University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Associate / Full Professor, College of Social Work, Fall 2023

Associate/Full Professor

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW) invites applications for an associate or full professor with a specialization in social work and health, with specific research interests in health behaviors. We are also looking for a qualified candidate who will contribute to the highest-quality education of undergraduate and graduate students, engage with communities and professional organizations in collaborative ways, and help the CSW move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice. The position can be located on either the Knoxville or Nashville campus.

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee (UTK) recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” ( The UTCSW is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team to deepen our impact as educators, researchers, and scholars. With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly skilled and culturally sensitive social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. College faculty conduct interdisciplinary research that focuses on the needs of under-resourced groups. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional, thriving academic community.

The College is also home to The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR), which conducts a broad array of behavioral health studies of children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. The CBHR’s research incorporates faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines at UTK and other universities. Since its founding in 1988, the CBHR’s work has been largely funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, The W.T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

We seek candidates who can lead in the area of health social work, build on the College’s existing areas of research strength, and who can contribute to our broadening interdisciplinary and community-based research collaborations. At the full professor-level, a sustained record of high-level scholarship supported by external funding is required. The UTCSW supports interdisciplinary research as demonstrated by faculty collaborations with Education, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Geography, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering, as well as community-based partnerships with Cherokee Health Systems, Knox County Health Department, Knox County School system, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, among others.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the CSW in both Knoxville and Nashville are committed to our tenure-track faculty. There is a strong mentoring program, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success.

Campus Locations

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, outstanding athletic opportunities, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small city with activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Appalachia is a short drive from Knoxville.. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis with so much more to offer than its famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. It is currently listed as #30 on the U.S. News and World report’s best Places to Live (2021) and offers events such as the CMA Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, Live on the Green, Tomato Art Fest, and the Nashville Pride Festival. Nashville is also home to several HBCUs with dynamic campus activities. Outside of Nashville’s busy downtown Broadway scene, there are lots of unique neighborhoods filled with fantastic ethnic food options and cultural events, with unlimited opportunities to explore gorgeous parks and greenways, both inside and outside the city limits. Nashville is a short distance away from national parks that are great for camping and hiking.


Required Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in Social Work or a related field
  • An articulated understanding of diversity and inclusive excellence in scholarship, and evidence of commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive climate.
  • Evidence of a research agenda on social work and health that advances social, racial, economic, or environmental justice, among others
  • Evidence of commitment to mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are developing programs of externally-funded research.
  • Candidates for Associate Professor should have a record of increasing peer reviewed publications and presentations, an established record of applying for and obtaining external funding, and a growing record of excellent teaching and mentoring
  • Candidates for Full Professor should have a record of strong scholarship in terms of peer reviewed publications and presentations, an sustained record of applying for and obtaining external funding with experience leading research teams, and an established record of excellent teaching and mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work
  • Experience teaching courses in social work practice
  • Specific research interests in health behaviors
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
  • Experience leading research teams.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instructions
Interested individuals should provide
: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2022, though review may continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.