Assistant Professor in Social Work

Michigan State University College of Social Science

United States

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Social Work 10038782
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

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 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.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Social Work or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • 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

Desired Qualifications

  • 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:

  1. a cover letter detailing the reasons for applying for the position and how your research and/or background fits with the position description;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a 1-page research statement;
  4. a 1-page teaching statement;
  5. a 1- page 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); and
  6. the names and contact information for three professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at

We will begin reviewing applications on August 16, 2022 and will continue until position is filed. 

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Department Statement

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.

University Overview

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

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 20, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 20, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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