1482-Associate or Full Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director

Job #:  1482

Pacific University Oregon, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, invites applications for the position of Associate or Full Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director beginning in Fall 2017. The MSW program at Pacific is grounded in the social work professions’ values and ethical principles of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry. We seek to produce culturally competent, highly trained, advanced social work practitioners who have special preparation to work with immigrant and native Latino communities, and other communities of color, and to become leaders in the fields of health and wellness. Candidates should possess interests and experience consistent with the goals of the program and be able to teach across the spectrum of an advanced generalist practice curriculum. For more information about Pacific University, visit: www.pacificu.edu.


We are seeking a passionate and skilled leader who can work collaboratively with staff and faculty to actualize the vision of our relatively new and growing MSW program. The Social Work Program Director will administer the MSW program and guide the program towards full accreditation in 2021 (we are on track for initial accreditation in 2017); provide leadership and vision for the program; contribute to the development and implementation of program policies and procedures; engage in marketing and student recruitment; supervise and evaluate MSW staff and faculty; and teach required courses and elective seminars in accordance with the program's needs, with CSWE course reductions. The candidate will be expected to produce scholarship in his/her areas of interest and engage in service to the MSW program, the University, and surrounding community.

This is a twelve-month full-time, tenure track academic position. Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience, and the rank will be at the Associate or Full Professor level. Scholarly achievement consistent with the rank at hiring is required.            


Candidates must have a Master's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program; a doctorate in Social Work or compatible degree is also required. He/she must have at least two years post-MSW practice experience, teaching experience in a MSW program, and experience with CSWE accreditation. Spanish bilingual candidates and candidates with a minimum of three years experience in collaborative leadership and administration are strongly preferred. We welcome candidates with experience in evidence-informed, emerging or innovative practice models and a strong record of teaching excellence. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a broad range of constituents, including faculty, staff, and local and regional agency workers and community members. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate and work across cultural boundaries with diverse groups, faculty, staff, professionals and students. High-level organizational and management skills are necessary to balance multiple priorities.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, a statement of your teaching philosophy, letters from three professional references, and evidence of teaching effectiveness in PDF format addressed to Don Schweitzer, Ph.D. Please email materials to: Skropf@pacificu.edu. Review will begin immediately and interviews will take place in February 2017.

Note: Pacific University’s social work faculty members will be present at the CSWE  (Council on Social Work Education) conference this November in Atlanta, GA.  If you would like to learn more about this position, please contact Dr. Don Schweitzer to schedule an informal meeting at the conference dons@pacificu.edu.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  Retaliation is also prohibited.  Pacific University will comply with state and federal laws such as Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.