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Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Work

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Social Work
Boone, NC

Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Provide Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Position Number: 095541

Department: Social Work - 273500

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate in social work or an associated discipline (Ph.D. preferred). Candidates who are ABD will be considered, and all requirements for the degree must be completed by the start date
  • Master of Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Two years of post-MSW education practice experience
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • Experience in macro social work research, practice, or teaching for at least one position, but other areas of interest are encouraged to apply
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience in teaching social work undergraduate or graduate courses from a social justice perspective
  • Experience with online teaching
  • Commitment to community engagement
  • A clear research agenda
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

Accredited by the Council of Social Work Education through 2028 and housed within the Beaver College of Health Sciences, the Department of Social Work (SW) offers both undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) programs. Social Work is a consistently growing department serving approximately 320 BSW students and more than 90 MSW students annually. These programs are currently offered on main campus and in distance education sites in two local NC counties (part-time and full-time programs). In summer 2022, the department launched a fully online Advanced Standing MSW program, and is developing an online BSW program slated to begin in Fall 2023.

Appalachian State University's Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) is transforming the health and quality of life for the communities it serves through inclusive practices, interprofessional collaboration and innovation in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical outreach. BCHS supports almost 3,400 students in nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, organized into six departments: Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Public Health and Exercise Science; Recreation Management and Physical Education; Rehabilitation Sciences; and Social Work. The academic programs are located in the Holmes Convocation Center on main campus in the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, a state-of-the-art, 203,000 square foot facility that is the cornerstone of the Wellness District. In addition, the college supports the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services and has collaborative partnerships with the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program, the Appalachian Regional Health System and numerous other health agencies. Learn more at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social work
  • Mentoring students
  • Conducting and maintaining an active line of research
  • Participating in service activities for the department, university, and community
  • Collaborating with community stakeholders and other professional organizations
Type of Position: Full Time Position

Appointment Type: 1.0

Number Of Months Per Year: 9

Physical Demands of Position

Typical classroom and educational environments.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Posting Date: 10/12/2022

Closing Date

Open Until Filled: No

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/01/2023

Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of the following:

(1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, experience, teaching philosophy, and research agenda.

(2) a diversity statement. Appalachian State and the Department of Social Work are committed to anti-racist, anti-oppressive social work practice and education. In your application, please describe how your scholarship, teaching, service or other relevant life experiences contribute to diverse and inclusive communities.

(3) a curriculum vitae.

(4) unofficial copies of all transcripts. Note that finalists invited for campus interviews must submit official transcripts prior to the campus interview.

(5) a list of three (minimum) professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number. References will be checked concurrent with campus visits.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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