Assistant Professor of Social Work

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA College of Health
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Health Profession, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Social Work is seeking an Assistant Professor to teach in our BSW and MSW programs. The position will be hired as a Tripartite (teaching, research, and service responsibilities) faculty workload commencing Fall Semester 2020. This tenure‐track position will include service to the university, community, and profession. Successful candidates will be expected to teach in both the MSW and BSW programs through on campus and/or distance delivery technologies. We seek a versatile, independent colleague who can teach in both Social Work programs; we seek someone who can conduct and disseminate research that benefits Alaskans and the circumpolar North; we are especially interested in someone who can meld an emerging research program of her/his own with responsiveness to community requests for research assistance.


100%1. Teach content in BSW and MSW program. 2. Conduct research relevant to Alaska and/or the profession. 3. Provide service to the University, the profession, and/or the community.Essential

Summary of the University of Alaska Anchorage and School of Social Work:
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and its community campuses are located in some of the most breathtaking settings in the world. The attractive wooded campus at the foot of the Chugach Mountains serves as a central hub for Alaska’s largest city. Serving more than 22,000 students, UAA is the largest of the three universities in the UA system. Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as “community-engaged,” UAA is a comprehensive university consisting of a main campus in Anchorage, four community campuses in southcentral Alaska, and several extension sites in rural communities and on military installations. UAA has a unique university mission, spanning occupational certificates and AA degrees to PhDs. Many of our students are 1st generation college students. The UAA community celebrates a rich cultural heritage and diverse student body.

The School of Social Work has accredited BSW and MSW programs designed to prepare practitioners to meet the social service needs of a large, frontier, multi-cultural state. The MSW delivers instruction through distance delivery to students living in Alaska with practicum experiences available in the students’ home communities. The BSW is primarily campus based, with some courses offered rotationally in a distance format. The School is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body. We desire a diverse applicant pool. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation was re-affirmed in June of 2018 through 2026. The UAA School of Social Work web page may be found at:


Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively as an instructor. Strong knowledge base in Social Work Education including practice, research, policy, and/or field education. Able to build strong community‐university partnerships, mentor students, and carry out a well-articulated research agenda.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience
  • Experience and/or interest in social issues facing Alaska
  • Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program and Ph.D. in Social Work or comparable field or a D.S.W. degree.


  • Substantive and diverse teaching and practice experience from a generalist and advanced generalist perspective;
  • Experience with and commitment to Alaska Native, American Indian, Hawaiian Native and/or other diverse populations

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, applications must be submitted online here. Applicant must include the following attachments with their application:

  • Cover letter (please note PCN 309306 on your cover letter) emphasizing credentials, experience, and expertise in social work practice, teaching, and use of distance delivery technologies.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching and instructional philosophy in social work, including areas of teaching interest and experience
  • Copies of academic transcripts verifying terminal degree (official transcripts will be required prior to hiring)
  • Program of research statement
  • Contact information for three references (to be entered into form fields during the application process)

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Successful candidates must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • No work visas are available for this position.
  • Applicants must complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Assignment Information:  
Tenure Track, Assistant Professor rank, Tripartite, Full‐Time, 9 months per year, salary commensurate with experience and preparation, scheduled to begin August 2020.

Review Date:
For full consideration, please submit your application by the review date, January 15, 2020.

This position is part of the United Academics union (UNAC) –

For further information, contact:
Kathi Trawver, Ph.D., LMSW, Chair Search Committee
UAA School of Social Work
Telephone: 907-786-6900

Tobacco‐Free Campus:
UAA Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to

Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at

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