Assistant Professor in School of Social Work

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Throughout its history, the School of Social Work at Colorado State University has made a continuous effort to develop and maintain a program that is responsive to three distinct, but related, interests:

  1. the profession of social work as represented by the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards;
  2. the human services agencies and clients in the state, the region, the nation, and the globe; and
  3. the land-grant oriented mission and goals of Colorado State University

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes % Research 35 % Teaching 50 % Service 15 % Administration 0 Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/31/2018 Number of Vacancies 2 Desired Start Date 08/16/2019 Position End Date Position Summary


Applicants are sought with an expertise in behavioral health (mental health, alcohol and drug prevention/treatment), human-animal interventions, aging, child maltreatment/health/well-being, or social justice which enhance the existing research strengths in our School, College, and University. However, applicants with other research expertise are invited to apply. Successful candidates are expected to establish and maintain a nationally recognized externally funded research program and to integrate their research into current and new academic courses. Applicants should understand and be able to facilitate conversations around privilege, oppression, and intersecting social identities.


Inspired by its land-grant heritage, Colorado State University is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service, engagement, and extension. CSU is a Carnegie Research University classified as Very High Research Activity and has been designated a Carnegie Community Engagement University. According to the latest edition of U.S. News and Report, CSU ranks in the top 10% in the country, thanks to an ongoing commitment to boost faculty excellence, expand student scholarships and investment in capital improvements across campus.


The School of Social Work reflects Colorado State University’s land grant mission of research, teaching, service and engagement. Departmental faculty conduct innovative research with an emphasis on aging, behavioral health, and child welfare. The School of Social Work offers unique opportunities for individuals who wish to pursue an academic career in a dynamic, collegial environment. We are committed to our goal of producing nationally and internationally recognized research programs and graduates that are focused on enhancing human health and well-being.

Successful candidates will have strong support in research and teaching, have excellent colleagues, and potential for collaborative opportunities within the department, college, and with relevant units on and off campus.

The School of Social Work is one of eight academic units in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The School of Social Work at Colorado State University is ranked among the top 25% of graduate programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. To learn more about the School of Social Work visit our website at (

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, an hour’s drive north of Denver. On the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins has excellent schools, outstanding recreational opportunities, and a sunny climate. With a population of approximately 160,000, the city has been cited by Money Magazine as #1 for small cities in “Best Places to Live in the United States.” Forbes currently ranks Fort Collins as #18 for Best Places for Business and Careers with growing clean energy, bioscience and technology industries.

The campus has more than 33,000 students. This year the university generated research expenditures at over $332 million—placing it among the top of American public research universities without a medical school (

Conditions of Employment 

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in social work or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly research and publish in peer-reviewed venues
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity and social justice as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities
  • Ability to teach at the BSW, MSW and/or Ph.D. levels.
    • While an MSW is not required to apply, applicants must be aware that to teach practice classes, you must have a MSW degree from an accredited social work program and a minimum of two (2) years post-master’s professional practice experience.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Interest in or experience with interdisciplinary, collaborative and engaged research
  • Experience with distance, online, and/or hybrid instruction
  • Scholarship focused on behavioral health, human-animal interventions, aging, child maltreatment prevention, child well-being, health/well-being, or social justice
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching policy and macro practice
  • Interest in working with doctoral students

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 8/31/2018, 11:59 pm (MT). To apply, please submit a cover letter (no more than 3 pages), CV, and 3 professional references directly to this posting. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

  • Teach undergraduate and masters level courses for the School of Social Work both on-campus and online
  • Advise graduate students in the School of Social Work, including serving as chair or mentor of thesis and dissertation committees

Percentage Of Time


Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Conduct research and advance scholarship

Percentage Of Time


Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

  • Service on committees to advance School of Social Work initiatives
  • Represent the School of Social Work across the school, university, state, regionally, and nationally

Percentage Of Time