Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Position Summary:

The School of Social Work in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate or tenured Professor in Social Work to start in 8/14/2023. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment. The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville is the flagship university in Arkansas and has a Research 1 designation. We are in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, which has a population of over half a million people.

As this is an open rank search, we are considering applicants who have achieved tenure, those who have advanced beyond the early career point, and those who are in the early stages of their careers. We are seeking applicants who are well prepared to teach courses in an accredited graduate program. Based on our school’s social justice mission and racial equity goals, we seek colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations in their scholarship, teaching, and service. We seek candidates who hold a range of worldviews and lived experiences with marginalized communities.

The position is not limited to specific research areas or methods. However, the successful candidates will articulate how their scholarship complements or diversifies the research agendas of current faculty members. The successful candidate will be expected to provide effective instruction and mentoring to a diverse population in both the BSW and MSW programs and across at least two curricular domains (HBSE, practice, policy, and research). Faculty are expected to teach on weekdays and evenings and should be open to teaching in online formats.

Qualified candidates must have a viable agenda for scholarship, an MSW degree from an accredited university, and a DSW or Ph.D. degree in Social Work or a related field. The School of Social Work and the University of Arkansas are committed to racial equity and diversity in hiring faculty who share our core mission of social justice. Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

The School of Social Work (SCSW) has one of the oldest undergraduate social work programs in the United States. We have offered undergraduate social work degrees since 1940 and we are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas reflects the profession’s fundamental concerns in its educational goals and objectives. The undergraduate program has two primary education goals: (1) Preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-system, beginning level professional generalist practice across the life course (2) The preparation of students for continuing their professional growth and development after graduation. In order to achieve its basic purposes, the faculty, students, staff, and agency field instructors are involved in a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities that involve them in the life of the university, communities around the state, and at the national level. The MSW graduate program offers students one concentration that is conceptualized using the Multi-‐System Life Course perspective, which equips students with advanced professional knowledge, values and skills for practice with multiple systems across the life course. Our School of Social Work provides students with opportunities to merge the roots of social work with 21st century technological, education, and research  approaches to address fundamental social concerns such poverty and social injustice. While the School has a long history, it is also dedicated to change and growth as contexts and technologies change. A visit to our homepage will give you an opportunity to discover more about our faculty, students, goals, and current projects.

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Duties will include:

  • 40% teaching
  • 40% research
  • 20% service

Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate

  • MSW from a CSWE accredited program
  • PhD or doctorate in SW or related field from an accredited institution of higher education in Social Work or a related field conferred by the start date of the appointment
  • Eligibility for Arkansas state licensure (LMSW or LCSW)
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing racism and other forms of oppression
  • Commitment to the active pursuit of a research agenda leading to refereed scholarship, professional presentations, and internal and external funding
  • Strong interest in, and a professional commitment to, the preparation of professional social workers
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and strengths-based perspective on collegiality

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years post MSW practice experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A record of effective interdisciplinary collaboration in research and/or teaching
  • Demonstrated evidence of a strong research agenda (such as publishing or receiving funding) and practice orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to teach elementary and advanced research methods; teach across three or more curricular domains; and training on at least one online teaching platform such as Blackboard or Moodle

Completed applications received by 11/21/2022, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Mark Plassmeyer, at


Organization: University of Arkansas School of Social Work in the Fulbright College of Arts

Job Location: Fayetteville, AR