Utah State University

Assistant Professor, Social Work

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 8 months ago(9/23/2021 7:00 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Social Work
Advertised Salary
This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits (https://hr.usu.edu/benefits/index).


The Department of Social Work at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month, position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Located at the USU flagship campus in Logan, Utah, this position is part of department, college, and university wide clusters of searches designed to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity, and to increase curricular and research coverage of areas that reinforce USU’s institutional priorities around justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The Department of Social Work at USU actively pursues social justice and empowerment for all, and especially historically marginalized groups and individuals, through education, research, and community engagement. Thus, the Department of Social Work seeks to hire an individual whose research uses a social justice lens to study one or more of the below areas: culturally-responsive practice with Latinx communities, substance use and misuse, criminal justice, rural social work practice, or other areas of expertise that further the USU land grant mission.


This is a tenure-track position with a role assignment of 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. The start date is August 1, 2022. This position will be supported with startup funds related to research, travel, and technology.


The candidate will be expected to 1) teach graduate and undergraduate social work courses linked to the requested areas of expertise and to departmental needs; 2) mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research; 3) engage in individual and collaborative research and scholarship; 4) secure external funding to support research activities; and 5) provide service to the department, college, and the social work profession.


Minimum Qualifications: 1) an earned MSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program; 2) two years post-MSW practice experience; and 3) a PhD in social work or closely-related field at the time of appointment; will consider ABD.


Preferred Qualifications: The department desires a candidate who has 1) teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels; 2) teaching experience with online and distance education technology; 3) demonstrated record of scholarly activity; 4) demonstrated capacity for securing external funding; and 5) expertise in macro social work, particularly in the areas of culturally-responsive practice with a focus in substance use and misuse, criminal justice, or other areas of expertise that further the USU land grant mission.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


To be uploaded to the applicant profile:

1) CV

2) 2-page research statement describing your current plans and projected trajectory

3) 1-page statement of commitment related to social justice and empowerment for all and especially for historically marginalized groups through education, research, and collaboration

4) Writing sample (preferably a solo-authored manuscript/article or grant; if the sample includes other authors, please indicate your role)


To be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application:

5) A cover letter detailing qualifications related to research, teaching, and service


Also as part of the application you will be asked to enter the names and contact information for three professional references.



**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits (https://hr.usu.edu/benefits/index).


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Social Work offers CSWE-accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a dynamic interdisciplinary college. Please visit www.usu.edu for more information about the University, College, and Department.  

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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