Assistant Professor in Social Work

  • Metropolitan State University
  • St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
  • Apr 02, 2021
Full time Social Work

Job Description

Metropolitan State University, Minnesota's public, urban university, is seeking to hire a Social Work Faculty.This is a full-time, probationary, tenure track appointment faculty position within the Social Work department and is expected to start August 16, 2021.

Our vision is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area's rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.

Metropolitan State University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future. Metropolitan State University is a three-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2019. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, AANAPISI), its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell grants. Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metropolitan State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #35 out of 1458 in 2019). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service designed to support an urban mission.

The University recently completed a strategic plan (FY 20 - FY 24) with a theme of "Building a Resilient, Student Ready University." College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, within which the Department of Social Work is situated, is committed to providing students with high quality education through building strong partnerships with communities in Minneapolis-St Paul. Our program is the only Bachelor in Social Work program (BSW) in the Midwest which main focus is to prepare social workers to serve communities of colors and Native American Communities. The program provides a high-quality education with educators that maintain engage with their community and have several of practice. They bring their practice experience to the classroom to help students understand generalist social work concepts. Helping students to achieve their goal is the program's dedication, about 85% of our students graduate on time with a BSW degree. This program has develop a strong relationship with several community agencies and in this time of COVID-19 pandemic continues to strength and maintain those relationships.

Metropolitan State University has responded to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by offering nearly all of its courses in a fully online format for the 2020-2021 academic year, limiting any in-person instruction to courses for which in-person learning is essential for students to achieve the learning outcomes. In addition, the majority of employees are working remotely, taking advantage of technological tools to engage students and complete their work. The search for this position will be conducted using web conferencing technology.

Visit the Metropolitan State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System at their website.

The Department: The mission of the Social Work program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable multi-culturally competent bachelor's level students to engage in generalist social work practices that will meet the needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities communities.

This program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types with special emphasis on Native Americans and communities of color. For more informationcheck our website page,


Faculty members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ability to teach the core social work curriculum in areas such as social welfare history and policy, social research, human behavior in the social environment, generalist social work practice and comparative racial/ethnic analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Engage in scholarly research or creative achievement.
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study.
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance and engage in service to the university and community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context and possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
  • Participate in departments, college, faculty and university committees and initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Social Work.
  • Five years of post-M.S.W., social work practice experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying culturally relevant, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist practice
  • Experience in supervision of social work practice and/or field instruction.
  • Expertise and social work practice experience with Native Americans/Indigenous Communities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with community-based Native American organizations, institutions, and agencies
  • Significant experience serving a culturally, ethnically diverse community.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Deep understanding of the history, cultural distinctiveness, traditions, contributions, and sovereignty of Native American/Indigenous communities.
  • B.S.W. field instruction experience.
  • Doctorate work in social work or a related field (includes those with ABD status).
  • Demonstrated experience in applying culturally relevant, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist pedagogy
  • Effective and culturally competent communication skills (written & verbal).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally, economically and linguistically diverse student body and workforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain an active reseach agenda.

Please note: Filling of this position is contingent upon budget.

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Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization.

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Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date: April 19, 2021

Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position including evidence that you meet each of the minimum qualifications.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume.
  • One-page statement of your teaching philosophy, particularly as it relates to equity and anti-racist pedagogy, and/or examples of teaching effectiveness.
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers; at least two (2) of the references must be able to address teaching effectiveness.
  • Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date of your highest attained degree, with your name and the academic institution's name/logo are required. If doctoral study is in progress at the time of application, submit the most recent transcript showing your course of study and progress to date. We are not able to accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

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If you have other questions related to this job announcement, please contact Carla Ballard, Talent Acquisition Specialist Specialist, at 651.793.1319 or email at METRO-HR-Recruiting

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