Associate Professor and Head of Division, Social Work

Perth, Australia
22 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

School of Allied Health

  • Salary range: $143,010 to $157,443 pa (plus 17% superannuation)
  • Active research program with a long and proud 50-year history
  • Program maintains a high rate of graduate employment
  • Level D, tenurable appointment on a full-time basis
  • Opportunity lead an innovative curriculum design

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team: The School of Allied Health is a new and innovative school in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The School has a growing reputation for teaching excellence and for a strong evidence based approach to education and research that is used for practice development. The School aspires to be a school in which staff and students feel valued and supported in their individual and collective efforts in areas of Allied Health.

The Division of Social Work is one of four Divisions located in the School. In addition to Social Work the School delivers research and teaching via the Divisions of Health Professions Education, Pharmacy and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. The Division of Social Work offers a two-year postgraduate Master of Social Work to students who have completed a Bachelor Degree along with a range of Higher Degree by Research and coursework options.

About the opportunity:

As an Associate Professor you will be responsible to the Head of School to provide leadership to the team and foster excellence in Social Work education, research and community engagement. The appointee must be motivated to teach, develop a significant research portfolio within the field and contribute to the academic environment of the School and Faculty generally.

In addition to your appointment as an Associate Professor you will carry the role of Head of Division for an initial period of three years. Reporting to the Head of the School of Allied Health, the Head of Division will play an important role in the Division's leadership team through the promotion of co-ordinated strategic academic development.

The Head of Division will be expected to work in accordance with the University’s policies, procedures and values, promoting academic excellence through integrity, inclusiveness, professionalism and community engagement. As Head of Division you will provide leadership of the Division’s operational and strategic plans. This will require an established track record in education, research and administration in the field of social work.

About you:

You will hold a PhD in Social Work or a closely related disciple and have existing membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers. You will have the ability to provide leadership to a team and to foster excellence in the teaching and research of individuals and groups, and have the ability to lead academic education programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels using contemporary teaching methods.

You will also demonstrate a willingness to teach in social work and other allied health areas, display highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to effectively liaise with staff, students, relevant sections of the community, professional bodies, government departments and other external organisations. In addition, you will have an understanding of Social Work programs leading to accreditation, demonstrate achievement and a personal commitment to excellence in research and the ability to attract significant external funding.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

About the campus:

We work at one of Australia’s most beautiful university campuses, with some of the most inspiring people on the planet. In addition to facilities such as gym, library, swimming pool and childcare, we have great public transport links and end of trip facilities so you can ride, run or walk to work.

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 August 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016)
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.