Two Tenure System Positions - Posting #1684
One Open Rank and One Assistant Professor


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The Michigan State University School of Social Work (SSW) in the College of Social Science is seeking applications for one Open Rank and one Assistant Professor tenure system faculty position to enhance active research areas in the School. SSW faculty members engage in research with diverse content areas including, but not limited to, health/mental health, child welfare, and gerontology. The research environment at MSU is one that encourages collaboration among disciplines and across Colleges.

MSU is a land-grant, Carnegie RU/VH, AAU, global university located in East Lansing, Michigan, near the state capital. The School is dedicated to educating students for competent, responsive, and ethical social work practice. Our teaching, research, and outreach seek to promote positive change and social justice for diverse communities, organizations, groups, families, and individuals. More than 650 students are enrolled in our CSWE-accredited BASW and MSW programs, and PhD program.

The School supports MSU’s outreach mission through off-campus, distance, and blended instructional programs that utilize technology and innovative teaching strategies. We also provide multiple opportunities for creative interdisciplinary teaching and research, community-based studies, and partnerships with government agencies and neighborhoods.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:

  • Sustain an active program of scholarship as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and professional presentations
  • Pursue and secure external funding to support a focused program of research
  • Teach and mentor diverse students in the School's programs
  • Participate in School, College, and University governance activities
  • Add intellectual diversity and cultural richness to the School  

Required Qualifications: 

  • An earned doctorate in social work or a closely related field, completed by August 16, 2016
  • A record of scholarly publications

Desired Qualifications: 

  • At least one social work degree
  • A record of outreach and service
  • Experience in teaching

Additional Open Rank Appointment Qualifications: To be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, candidates must have the following additional qualifications:

  • An established record of external funding and research leadership
  • Evidence of a strong teaching record, and experience in mentoring graduate students

Appointment: These are full-time 9-month tenure track positions beginning August 16, 2016. Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see for more information.

Application Procedure: Applicants are asked to submit curriculum vitae, along with a letter detailing qualifications and interest in the position; commitment to diversity; a description of their program of research; a reflection on their fit with the School, College, and University; and the names and contact information for three references, whom the School may contact.

Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at, referencing posting number 1684. To get directly to this posting, go to "Search Postings" and enter 1684 as the posting number.

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 19, 2015.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with screening conversations planned for prior to or at the CSWE APM in Denver, Colorado, October 15-18. Late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Rena Harold.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.