Associate/Full Professor and MSW Program Director

Pacific Lutheran University
February 19, 2023
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Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: 0602524

Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants Position Title: Associate/Full Professor and MSW Program Director Position Type: Faculty Position Status: Regular Full-time Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible FLSA: Exempt Hiring Range: $89,000 - $96,000 per year at associate rank; $106,000 - $120,000 per year at full professor rank Department: College of Health Professions Posting Date: 01/13/2023 Closing Date Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Work Schedule:

Full-time, 12-month tenure-track position available June 1, 2023. Teach 2 classes over the first academic year (September – May), and 4 courses in subsequent years, depending on the needs of the program. Administrative responsibilities: MSW Program Director.

General Description:

The Department of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University seeks an Associate/Full Professor to begin June 1, 2023. We are seeking professional faculty who are inclusive educators and leaders committed to supporting students and faculty as they discover their vocation. Applicants will join and lead a dynamic and growing department and will specifically focus on developing the MSW program. The baccalaureate Social Work Program at Pacific Lutheran University has been continuously accredited by CSWE since 1975. The program is well-regarded in the community and has strong support from alumni and professionals in the surrounding area. The University is seeking to expand the department by adding the MSW program. Applicants should be able to assume responsibilities of further refining the MSW curriculum, hiring faculty, marketing the program, and recruiting students.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Program Director for the Master of Social Work Program, recruiting and supporting faculty and students, and pursuing initial CSWE accreditation.
  • Teach 2 classes over the first academic year (September – May), and 4 courses in subsequent years, depending on the needs of the program.
  • Serve in the department and contribute to the larger life of the University through advising, committee work, and other service activities.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to provide inspiring and visionary leadership to advance the Master of Social Work program at PLU in accordance with CSWE expectations and the 2022 EPAS.
  • Effective communication including ability to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines.
  • Familiarity with teaching a range of social work courses.
  • Background working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups and/or diverse students and promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and multicultural competence in the classroom, curriculum, and throughout campus.
  • Commitment to inclusive graduate teaching in a university that blends undergraduate liberal arts and graduate professional education.
  • Clearly defined scholarship agenda relevant to social work.
  • Understanding of the impact of race and other forms of diversity on social work practice.
  • Required Qualifications:

  • DSW or PhD in Social Work or closely related field.
  • MSW from a CSWE accredited program plus two years-post MSW practice experience.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and a demonstrated concern for improving the quality of their teaching; demonstrated competence in scholarship, along with the potential for continued scholarly achievement; and a substantial and sustained service record.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous teaching experience in graduate social work education.
  • Previous leadership experience in a university or other professional setting.
  • Practice experience in social work in medical or behavioral health settings.
  • Knowledge of CSWE accreditation standards.
  • Work Conditions: Physical Requirements: Special Instructions to Applicants:

    To apply, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • List of three references;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address pedagogical methods that support learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, attention to diverse perspectives or methodologies in research and publications, and the ways you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity. In addition, describe how your teaching philosophy will translate to your responsibilities as Program Director in supporting your faculty and functioning as a leader in the department.
  • For questions or more information, please contact Dr. JoDee Keller, Search Chair, at [email protected]

    Other Information:

    Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Our faculty lead with a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice and instill this commitment in their students. PLU educators work to create an environment where students feel heard and valued, nurturing lifelong learners who aren't afraid to do things differently to make the world better for everyone. PLU supports faculty as they help students turn ambition into purpose, skills into tools, and their caring into a transformative force.

    Because PLU is a community committed to the creation and advancement of knowledge through diversity and inclusion, the university actively recruits a diverse faculty, staff, and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2021–22 academic year, 34.3% percent of PLU undergraduate students are from the first generation in their families to attend college; 43.7% percent self-identify as students of color; and 34.4% percent are Pell Grant–eligible.

    Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research, and purposeful learning, our faculty guide 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds to discern their purpose through relevant coursework, inclusive mentoring, and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions. PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

    PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research, or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or [email protected] Click here for detailed benefits information.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have a PhD or DSW?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you legally eligible to work in the United States on your hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship now or indefinitely into the future?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of Three References
  • Optional Documents

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