Visiting Assistant Professor in Social Work and Human Services

VISITOR, Social Work and Human Services

The Department of Sociology at Union College invites applications for a three-year visiting position beginning September 1, 2020, with the possibility of extending it to five years.  The candidate is expected to have an MSW and preferably a Ph.D. in social work or a closely related field and demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities will be principally in the area of social work and human services, such as aging, domestic violence and mental health. Teaching load is two courses per ten-week trimester, six courses per academic year.  Ideally, the candidate would facilitate a biennial community-engagement mini-term built around a topic and location of the candidate’s choosing, and could be related to the candidate’s research.  

Union College is a small, highly selective undergraduate institution located in the Capital District of New York. Union offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and life and disability coverage.  For more information, please visit our website:

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status.  

Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies by offering many opportunities for both faculty and students to engage with multiple disciplines – and each other – in collaborative classroom settings, innovative majors, and unique research initiatives. The successful hire can develop courses in their area of expertise that may contribute to one or more of the interdisciplinary programs, a complete list of which may be found at:

Evaluation of candidates will begin on January 31, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications are to include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and evidence of teaching effectiveness including any course evaluations.  Applicants should describe in their cover letter their background and interests in teaching, as well as any experience with community-based learning.  In addition, they are asked to describe how their research, teaching and service could support the college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and how they may contribute to interdisciplinary studies at the college.  These materials should be submitted to  Please provide names and contact information for three references when you complete the online application. An email will be sent automatically requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation to our system.  

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.