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Job Opening: UM-SSW Faculty Positions

Posted: August 30, 2011

The University of Michigan School of Social Work (SSW) seeks to appoint several early-to-mid-career scholars to their outstanding faculty. Please see below for specific information about each open faculty position. Please submit a CV and three samples of scholarly writing via the following website (http://www.ssw.umich.edu/facultyApplication/) to be considered.

Review of applications will begin August 1, 2011 and will continue through March 1, 2012. For more information, please see the University of Michigan Jobs Board (http://umjobs.org/) or send questions to ssw.facultyapp@umich.edu

For a description of all open positions, please click "Read More"...

The SSW seeks to appoint an early-to- mid-career scholar and faculty member to teach in the area of community organization and to increase the scope and reach of the School’s multidisciplinary undergraduate minor in community action and social change. The Community Action and Social Change (CASC) undergraduate minor is administered in collaboration with the University Of Michigan College Of Language, Science, and the Arts (LS&A). The minor introduces students to a range of approaches to community action and social changes, and provides theoretical and practice background from an interdisciplinary perspective. A key component of the minor is engaging students in service learning.

Demonstrated achievement in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level is highly desirable. The successful candidate will teach one graduate course and two undergraduate courses per academic year. In addition to research, education, and service initiated by the scholar, the successful candidate will be expected to act as the faculty lead for the undergraduate minor, reporting to the SSW Associate Dean for Educational Programs. Related responsibilities include: program development; developing strategic relationships with other UM schools and colleges, as well as other colleges or universities; student advising; and acting as a liaison between the SSW and LS&A.

MSW degree preferred; Ph.D. in social work or related field required.

The School of Social Work is seeking faculty in three areas, each of whom will participate in a cross-disciplinary group of faculty in several schools who also focus on these topics.
NOTE: All Interdisciplinary hires are tenure-track positions

The SSW seeks to appoint a junior faculty member with experience and expertise in community-based social work practice and research in urban settings to participate as part of a cluster in urban studies with particular attention to social inequality and the prospects for equity and sustainability. This faculty member will be hired as part of a cluster of new faculty with similar interests in the Residential College, African and African American Studies, Urban Planning, and Sociology. We ask that all candidates consult the full cluster proposal at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/rc/ for more information about the Urban Studies faculty cluster.

A successful candidate will have an established research agenda and a record of publication, preferably in peer-reviewed journals, focused on issues related to inequality, including unequal access to education, health care, transportation, and/or employment, and approaches to addressing inequality. Candidates should also have experience with and interest in the Detroit area or a similar urban environment and a strong interest in interdisciplinary work.

MSW degree preferred; Ph.D. in social work or a related field required.

The SSW seeks to appoint a faculty member to participate as a part of a cluster concentrating on issues connected with children in poverty. The successful applicant will join a group of scholars based in the Schools of Social Work, Education, and Public Policy who also work on poverty issues.

The successful candidate will have an established research agenda and a record of publication, preferably in peer-reviewed journals, on issues and links between child well-being and poverty; the multiple dimensions of risk factors for children in poverty; and on programs and policies targeted to low income children in multiple spheres, such as social services, public benefits, and education systems.

MSW degree preferred; Ph.D. and/or training in social work or related fields, such as psychology, sociology, political science, or public health required.

The SSW seeks to appoint a junior faculty member whose work focuses on adolescent substance use and abuse, with specific expertise in the area of prevention, intervention, or treatment. The successful applicant will join a group of scholars based in the School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, and the Medical School, who engage in collaborative research in adolescent drug and substance abuse.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities for promoting the SSW’s undergraduate education initiatives. This faculty member will work with other faculty members to develop coursework in the area of adolescent substance use and abuse that can be cross-listed and made widely available to the UM undergraduate community. This type of coursework would have relevance for a variety of majors, including (but not limited to) psychology, nursing, education, anthropology, neuroscience, public policy, and sociology.

MSW degree preferred; Ph.D. and/or training in social work or related fields, such as psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, political science, sociology, or public health/policy required.

The SSW invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall Term 2012.

Applicants with expertise in one or more areas of macro or interpersonal practice methods—including gerontology, community organization, school social work, and management/evaluation— are especially welcome.

Applicants should have a record of productive research and the ability to secure external grants. They should also have the ability to teach effectively at the masters and doctoral levels. In addition, tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in service activities, advise students, and be otherwise available for administrative appointments, as deemed necessary by the Dean and the Executive Committee.

Appointments can be made at the junior and senior level. An MSW degree is preferred; a Ph.D. in social work or a related field is required.

The SSW seeks to appoint a clinical, non-tenure track faculty member, whose primary responsibilities include performing evaluations of clinical settings and teaching evaluation theory and methods as a member of the School’s Curtis Research Center (http://www.ssw.umich.edu/public/currentProjects/curtis/).

The successful candidate will design, implement, and manage program evaluation projects within the scope of the Curtis Center mission as follows; engage in all aspects of program evaluation including program designing, logic modeling, evaluation planning, instrument development, data collection, data management (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and reporting evaluation results; oversee the day-to-day operations of the evaluation service component including coordination of evaluation projects, outreach, marketing, and recruitment for new projects, managing project resources, writing proposals and status reports for projects, and monitoring program evaluation budgets; train and supervise staff and students assigned to each program evaluation project; and assist in providing support and technical assistance to build evaluation capacity within each organization served.

This candidate will also be responsible to teach and lead the Evaluation in Social Work course, in which students learn to assess and apply evaluation methods from various perspectives, including scientific, ethical, multicultural, and social justice perspectives.

MSW degree and management experience preferred.


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