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Social Work Full-Time Instructor or Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Duluth
December 07, 2023
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About the Job


The UMD Department of Social Work invites applications for a full-time term faculty position. This is a non-tenure-track appointment for fall semester 2023 and spring semester 2024, with possible extension as needed by the department. The appointment begins August 21, 2023.

Candidates will be considered for the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor, determined by qualifications. A master's degree is required for the rank of Instructor (9404), and a doctorate is required for the rank of Assistant Professor (9403).

Job duties and responsibilities include teaching and service. Teaching duties include in class teaching, assessment, office hours and student advising. Service duties include meeting attendance, committee work and other service and outreach activities.

Applicants should be able to teach a wide range of social work courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels such as Global Issues; Individual, Family & Group Practice; Introduction to Social Work Research; American Indian SW Practice; Advanced Practice in Mental Health; Field; Grant Writing, child welfare courses; and others.


Required Qualifications:
1) MSW / MA / ME.D. or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required for the rank of Instructor. A doctorate is required for the rank of Assistant Professor.
2) Commitment to fostering diversity across campus, the social work curriculum, and the social work department.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) A Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
2) Valid Minnesota social work license or verification of eligibility for licensure by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
3) Two years post-MSW practice experience (required for practice courses).
4) Social work practice experience in specific courses assigned to teach.
5) Demonstrated success working effectively with culturally diverse students, colleagues, and communities, including intercultural communication skills, awareness of diverse cultural values and beliefs, and willingness to examine your own cultural biases.
6) Experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or Indigenous people and communities.
7) Evidence of effective academic classroom teaching or professional training experience.
8) Demonstrated skills related to the development and implementation of on-line courses.
9) Evidence of effective communication skills necessary for a faculty position.

About the Department

The Department of Social Work is one of five departments in the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Meeting the needs of American Indian and rural communities has been central to the department since its inception. The BSW and MSW curricula emphasize social justice and culturally responsive practice. The MSW program follows an advanced generalist model with opportunities for clinical and macro practice. The Department of Social Work houses the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, a national leader in improving American Indian child welfare practice. Our programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Department of Social Work home page can be found at https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/departments-centers/departments/sw.

The College of Education and Human Service Professions promotes research and practice in the social and human sciences. Our collective teaching, scholarship, and service support student development as engaged citizens, reflective learners, critical thinkers, and evidence-informed practitioners in a culturally-sensitive, socially-just learning environment. The college is committed to, and is a campus leader in the areas of diversity/anti-racist work, community outreach and sustainability. The college has been nationally and regionally recognized for programs that partner with and serve Indigenous communities.

The University of Minnesota Duluth was recently ranked one of the top 50 regional universities in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Reports). The campus offers a robust set of American Indian programs and is in close proximity to many Indigenous nations. The city of Duluth, located approximately two and a half hours north of Minneapolis, is nationally ranked as one of the best places to live and work. Perched at the western end of Gichigami (Lake Superior), the largest freshwater lake in the world and surrounded by natural forests, Duluth offers some of the best outdoor recreational activities and boasts of thriving industries in technology, healthcare, aviation, and education. The city of Duluth is recognized as a "climate refuge city."


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

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How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To apply for this position, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening 354212. Job opening date: 2/20/2023. This position will remain open until filled.

Complete applications must include the following three items:

1) A cover letter expressing your interests, experience, accomplishments, and strengths as they relate to the position, including your experience working with students and/or social work clients from diverse backgrounds

2) Your current resume/CV

3) A list of the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references

Finalists may be required to submit additional materials. The position will remain open until filled. The starting date is August 21, 2023. Please send any inquiries to Dr. Ashley Thompson at thompsoa@d.umn.edu.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

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