There are numerous challenges facing the child welfare field in Michigan and nationally. In an evolving policy environment with new practice approaches encouraged by federal legislation, the need for understanding child abuse and neglect and the response to child maltreatment is imperative. The School of Social Work has a network of strong relationships with the local and national child welfare research and practice community, and our faculty are engaged in multiple federal and state-funded child welfare initiatives and research grants. We seek candidates who will contribute to efforts to advance our child welfare research and evaluation agenda, teach courses in our Child Welfare Certificate program, and address the changing aspects of child welfare policy and practice within an engaged and supportive environment. The MSU School of Social Work is dedicated to educating students for ethical, competent, responsive, and innovative social work practice, and to conducting and disseminating high quality research that improves the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our teaching, research, and outreach synergistically promote social justice, positive change, and solutions to the problems facing diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. More than 650 students are enrolled in our CSWE-accredited BASW and MSW programs, and PhD program.
Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.
The School of Social Work seeks an outstanding scholar to join the faculty as a tenure system Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, academic year appointment with responsibilities in the following areas: 45% Research/Scholarship, 45% Teaching/Mentoring, and 10% Service/Outreach.
This is a 9-month tenure-system position beginning August 16, 2023. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see www.hr.msu.edu for more information.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -Social Work or related field
An earned doctorate in Social Work or a related field by the date of employment
A commitment to conduct research that informs practice and policy impacting child welfare
A beginning record of scholarly productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed research publications, peer-reviewed conference presentations, and pursuit of research funding
A well-defined research agenda poised to meaningfully contribute to the child welfare knowledge base
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Commitment to anti-racist scholarship, teaching and professional service, as well as the advancement of social justice and human rights
Ability to work collaboratively within a team
Commitment to engaged teaching, active learning, and student advancement
MSW from an accredited School of Social Work
A record of success in acquiring extramural research funding
Teaching experience (including online) with undergraduate and graduate students
Experience with data management, data analysis, and data display
Research interest and focus on the child welfare workforce, child maltreatment prevention, and/or kinship care
2 years post-MSW practice experience
Prior social work practice experience in a child welfare setting
Prior experience working with public and private child welfare agencies
Experience and interest in teaching advanced clinical practice
Required Application Materials
Complete applications must include:
a cover letter detailing the reasons for applying for the position and how your research and/or background fits with the position description;
a curriculum vitae;
a 1-page research statement;
a 1-page teaching statement;
a 1page diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence);
the names and contact information for three professional references.
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
We will begin reviewing applications on August 16, 2022 and will continue until position is filed.
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The School of Social Work is committed to a mission of social justice and positive change. Our BASW, MSW, and PhD programs educate students to provide ethical, competent, responsive, and innovative social work practice, and our scholarship generates and disseminates high quality research that improves the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our teaching, research, and outreach synergistically promote social justice, positive change, and solutions to the problems facing diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our research is community-engaged and strengths-based.
Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/.
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