Utah State University

Assistant Professor, Social Work

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/4/2023 6:37 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). Additionally, this position will be supported with startup funds related to research, travel, and technology
Telework Eligible


The Department of Social Work at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month, appointment 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, substance use and misuse, criminal justice, rural social work practice, or other areas of expertise that further the USU land grant mission.


This appointment, in the USU Department of Social Work, has a start date of August 1, 2024. This tenure-track position has a role assignment of 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service.


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: Candidates should have 1) an 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.


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 advanced generalist social work practice, 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

Please contact the search chair, Dr. Derrik Tollefson (derrik.tollefson@usu.edu) with any other communication regarding this position.


Your online application will include:

  1. CV
  2. A cover letter detailing qualifications related to research, teaching, and service
  3. 2-page research statement describing your current plans and projected trajectory
  4. 1-page statement of commitment related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, especially for historically marginalized groups through education, research, and collaboration.
  5. Writing sample (preferably a solo-authored manuscript/article or grant; if the sample includes other authors, please indicate your role)
  6. Names and contact information for three references

Documents #2-5 will be uploaded in the section "Other Documents 1-10"


Review of applications will begin October 18, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


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

Advertised Salary

This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits (https://hr.usu.edu/benefits/index). Additionally, this position will be supported with startup funds related to research, travel, and technology


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

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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

*updated 09/2023


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