Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Fall 2022 (3 Positions)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location: Knoxville, TN or Nashville, TN
Internal Number: 94516
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work invites applications for three open-rank, tenure-track positions. We are looking for colleagues who will contribute to the highest-quality education of undergraduate and graduate students, conduct innovative scholarship that addresses the current and emerging Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, engage with communities and professional organizations in meaningful ways, and help the College move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice.
It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work and the University of Tennessee. The university recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution in its new strategic vision for UTK (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/) that imagines "a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership." The College is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic senior leadership of Dean Lori Messinger, continuing our work as a national leader in critical, social justice-focused, and engaged scholarship, education, and service and a strong collaborator across the university and the country. College faculty, staff, and administrators are committed to creating an equity-minded work and learning environment, tackling issues of equity and inclusion, and advancing opportunities for all individuals. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional and thriving academic community.
We seek candidates who can build on our strengths, and particularly at the associate- or full-level, who can contribute to our broadening interdisciplinary research collaborations. At the full professor-level, a sustained record of high-level scholarship supported by external funding is required. Our faculty's current areas of scholarship and practice experience include: Behavioral health across the lifespan; social determinants of health and health disparities; trauma-informed approaches to care; poverty, homelessness, and inequality; climate change and environmental justice; critical race theory; school-based interventions; animal-human bonds and veterinary social work; addiction and treatment; gerontology and evidence-based organizational leadership and policy change. The College supports interdisciplinary research as demonstrated by faculty collaborations with Education, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Geography, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the College are committed to supporting our tenure-track faculty. With a strong mentoring program across the career lifespan, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success, faculty members at the UTK College of Social Work are positioned to succeed.
With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly qualified social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The UTK Master of Social Work program was ranked 22nd out of all public institutions in the nation by US News and World Report. The College is also home to The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR), which conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of at-risk children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. The CBHR's research incorporates faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines at UTK and other universities. Since its founding in 1988, the CBHR's work has been largely funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, among others.
The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, outstanding athletic opportunities, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville's diverse community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera's Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, the Beck Cultural Center, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live.
A doctorate in Social Work or a related field (ABD will be considered for applicants at the assistant professor level).
Evidence of ability to support the College's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Evidence of a research agenda that advances social, racial, economic, or environmental justice, among others.
Evidence of ability to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and across modalities.
For Assistant Professor candidates, a research agenda with potential for external funding.
For candidates for Associate Professor, a research agenda with preliminary evidence of external funding and clear potential for sustained external funding.
For candidates for Full Professor, evidence of successful, sustained external funding.
Graduate degree in social work.
Commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
Experience working in team-based research groups.
Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a copy of 3 representative research publications, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, October 15 , 2021, though review may continue until the appointments are made. Materials should be submitted electronically. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Dr. Courtney Cronley @ email@example.com.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.