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

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Social Work is recruiting a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor to teach in our BSW and MSW programs. This position is responsible for advancing research, teaching, and service in addressing elevated social issues in the State of Alaska. The position will start fall semester, 2021.


Assisting with curriculum development and support accreditation reaffirmation by CSWEEssential
Conducting scholarship appropriate to rankEssential
Mentoring students from varied and diverse cultural backgrounds, including advisementEssential
Other related duties as assigned or neededEssential
Providing service to the University, profession, and/or communityEssential
Teaching social work courses across the BSW and MSW curriculaEssential

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 enjoys considerable community support and prepares students for addressing the needs of diverse populations in rural, remote, and urban areas of the State of Alaska. The curriculum involves course delivery through face-to-face, hybrid, and distanced delivered courses, and all courses are highly accessible to students residing outside of Anchorage. 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:

Workload responsibilities for this position will incorporate a substantial investment by the faculty member in teaching and research. The School values faculty engagement with partner community agencies for collaboration in instruction, field practicum, and research. The School strongly values the support of student persistence and success. Applicants will underscore their backgrounds in working with diverse students, supporting student progression, and assisting students in achieving academic and professional success. This position will be highly involved in advisement, and professional and career development of students. 

We seek a versatile, independent colleague who can teach an array of courses in both the MSW and BSW programs on campus and/or through distance delivery technologies. 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/their own with responsiveness to community requests for research assistance. We value diversity, and a diverse recruitment pool is an aim of the search process. Successful applicants will offer a strong orientation to generalist or advanced general social work practice, interpersonal practice, practice with groups, and/or community practice. 

Required Qualifications:

  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program and have earned a Ph.D. in social work or a related field or DSW. Applicants who are ABD will be considered
  • Minimum of two years of post-Master's practice experience
  • Experience and/or interest in social issues facing Alaska

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  • A cover letter (please note PCN 301372 on your cover letter) emphasizing credentials related to requirements of this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement explaining your teaching and instructional philosophy in social work, including areas of teaching interest and experience
  • Program of research statement
  • A writing sample
  • Copies of academic transcripts verifying terminal degree (official transcripts will be required prior to hiring)
  • Contact information for three references (to be entered into form fields during the application process)

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Successful candidate must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position prior to hire.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • No work visas are available for this position.

Review Date: September 15, 2020
The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Assignment Information:  
Tripartite, tenure-track, Assistant Professor rank, 9 months per year.  Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience.

Union Representation:
This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment process, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

If you have questions about the position, please contact:
   Dr. Kathi Trawver, Chair, Search Committee
   UAA School of Social Work
   Telephone: 907-786-6915

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