Asst Professor (210071)

  • University of Wyoming
  • Laramie, WY
  • Apr 02, 2021
Full time Social Work

Job Description

 Job Description

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives .


The University of Wyoming's (UW) Division of Social Work invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor on the Laramie campus, preferably for fall 2021, but at a later date, if so needed. We are particularly interested in applicants who want to be a part of a small but diverse faculty who are energized to enhance and expand its programs with a focus on social justice and frontier practice. Persons with said commitment and with expertise in teaching generalist and advanced generalist practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels are encouraged to apply; in addition, persons with a special interest in teaching policy and HBSE are especially encouraged to apply.

The Division of Social Work offers a Generalist BSW program and an Advanced Generalist MSW program, enrolling approximately 75 undergraduate and 40 graduate students. The MSW program is a hybrid model that utilizes distance education methods as well as intensive face-to-face week-end classes to deliver the curriculum statewide; the BSW program offers traditional on-campus programs in Laramie and Casper. The University provides resources for new faculty, including start-up funding.

The University of Wyoming is the state's only public provider of baccalaureate and graduate education and is a Carnegie research-doctoral extensive institution. UW combines major university benefits and small school advantages. With a student enrollment of about 13,000, the UW Laramie campus is located at 7300 feet in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, 50 miles from Cheyenne, two hours from Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and is surrounded by the pristine Medicine Bow National Forest. Easy access to the nearby Snowy Range of the Rockies provides numerous opportunities for year round outdoor activities. Plenty of clean air, sunshine, and year-round beauty complement the city of Laramie (pop. 32,000), making it a terrific college community in which to live and work.


Maintaining an active research/scholarly program; teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; advising students; supervising graduate student research projects; conducting field liaison work; participating in division, college, university and professional activities; providing service and outreach activities; and participating in curriculum and program development. This position requires weekend and/or evening teaching, periodic travel within the state, and use of distance education delivery systems.




Assistant professors shall normally hold the terminal qualification in their discipline (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA, etc.), and shall have demonstrated ability, through appropriate experience, to perform the functions of the position they are to hold.

Earned doctorate in social work or closely related field or interdisciplinary fields (doctorate must be successfully defended prior to the anticipated starting date); MSW from a CSWE accredited program or equivalency, as determined by CSWE; and at least two years of post-MSW practice experience.


Teaching experience in social work or related field; expertise in working with diverse and rural/frontier populations; experience using distance education technology; and experience in a generalist/advanced generalist social work education program.

Candidates with strong social-justice practice experience at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels,  experience teaching social policy courses, as well as competence in both bachelor's and master's instruction, will be given priority. The candidate may be expected to teach generalist social work practice courses, such as introduction to generalist social work practice, as well as advanced generalist practice with individuals, groups, and families. The desired applicant will also need to be able to teach in one or more other core curriculum areas such as:  HBSE, policy/advocacy, community/organizational practice, research, leadership and supervision, diversity, ethics, or other course that are part of the curriculum of generalist and advanced generalist social work practice. Demonstrated research competence.


The Division of Social Work recognizes the power of a diverse faculty and has a strong commitment to achieving this aim. Therefore, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

 Submit the following materials for a complete application (additional information may be requested from top candidate(s) if necessary):

  1. A cover letter indicating your interest in the open tenure track position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A well-explicated research agenda underlining past, current and future scholarship work, research collaborations and future research goals
  4. Teaching philosophy highlighting teaching effectiveness
  5. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon offer)
  6. Three (3) letters of professional reference.

For questions, please contact Search Chair Dr. Diane Kempson at or the Director of the Division of Social Work Dr. Eleanor Downey,


UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.    

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email


The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.

Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado's Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit

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