Professor in Social Work

Canberra, Australia
06 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

  • Brand new position to make your own! An exceptional opportunity to pursue scholarly advances in social work and be a leader with our online course
  • Attractive salary at the Academic Level E or Level D +17% Super
  • Full Time, Continuing Opportunity

UC has curiosity, ambition and inclusiveness at its core. We challenge the status quo through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and research. Our place-based commitment ensures that we visibly serve Canberra’s community and the surrounding region with impact on the nation. We’re proudly recognised as number one in the world for reducing inequalities (THE, 2022) and sit within Australia’s top ten universities (Times Higher Ed, 2022).

The Discipline of Social Work at the University of Canberra is a newly established discipline in the Faculty of Health providing you an exceptional opportunity to pursue scholarly advances and to lead the growth of social work in Canberra.

If you relish the opportunity to establish and lead a new Master of Social Work degree and research program in social work, establish collaborative education and research projects nationally, and abroad then this opportunity has it all.

Initially, for a specified term, you will double as a Discipline Lead where you will provide expert disciplinary input into the strategy and operations of the faculty and represent the faculty externally with professional bodies and partners.

This role sits as a supervisor for academic staff in their discipline and will lead staff to contribute the University’s strategic plan, enact the University’s values and work collaboratively as a team, while ensuring accreditation standards are met and courses are delivered in accordance with university policies and procedures.

The Master of Social Work (Qual) will be delivered online with intensive on-campus teaching and professional placements. As the Discipline Lead, you will work collaboratively with our partner Keypath to design, develop and support curriculum delivery.

You will have a track record of internationally recognised research publications and be known for your experience in teaching, student focused approach and passion to help shape and inspire the next generation of professionals.

To be considered you will have the following:

  • PhD in social work or a related field and a social work qualification (BSW/MSWQ or equivalent);
  • A current membership of, or continuing eligibility for membership of, the AASW;
  • Evidence of mentoring and supervising early to mid-career researchers (highly desired);
  • Clinical experience in social work (desired).

We are open to receiving applications from candidates at a Academic Level D that are looking to develop into an Academic Level E.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket and childcare facilities.

Connected – A Decadal Strategy 2023-2032 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

To be considered for this role all we want is your CV, no other documentation required.

Please ensure you take the time to align your CV with the requirements. We want to understand how your skills and experience relate to the position you are applying for.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific information: please contact Professor Mark Naunton – Head of School – Health Sciences on 02 6201 2462 or email

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Talent Acquisition team on 02 6206 3867 or email

Closing Date: 11:55 pm, Sunday 5th February 2023