Assistant Professor of Social Work (515033)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Fullerton
  • Fullerton, California
  • Jul 03, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Human and Social Services Public Health

Job Description


Department of Social Work
College of Health and Human Development
Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)
Fall 2023

The Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with appointment to begin Fall 2023.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The CSUF Department of Social work is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in social work education, policy, and practice based on equal opportunity and respect. The Department of Social Work understands that the pursuit of social justice is informed by the past and also requires a focus on "the here and now" and "the not yet," addressing contemporary injustices while proactively anticipating and addressing future challenges and needs. As such, the department promotes advocacy to empower those in greatest need and uses a person-in-environment approach, which acknowledges the nature of discrimination, oppression, and unjust policies and practices at the individual and systemic levels.

The Department of Social Work is recruiting one faculty member with expertise in social work practice in one or more of the Department's concentration areas (child welfare, community mental health, and aging). The department is particularly interested in a candidate with expertise that will facilitate the development of the aging concentration.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research and/or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. This person will also be responsible for producing research and seeking external funding commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in social welfare/social work or related field. ABD's may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the time of appointment;
  • Master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited social work program;
  • Expertise in social work practice and/or policy with Aging populations;
  • Evidence of experience in practice, policy, or research across the lifespan;
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct independent research;
  • Commitment and willingness to seeking external funding; and
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially with a culturally diverse group of students, staff, faculty, and community.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years post-MSW social work practice experience;
  • Previous university-level teaching experience;
  • Record of publication commensurate with career status; and
  • Experience mentoring students in independent research projects.

A complete on-line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for position #515033, and provide the following required materials:
  1. A letter of interest relating your experience to the qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement
  4. Research statement
  5. Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence
  • This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • Finalists will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Sean Hogan, Faculty Search Committee Chair at or call (657) 278-8412.

Application Deadline
Application review begins immediately. To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by September 1, 2022. Position is open until filled.

The College and Department
The College of Health & Human Development (HHD) is one of the eight Colleges on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The mission of the College of HHD is to provide exemplary education, research, and community outreach related to human health, development, and lifelong well-being. Emphasis is placed on both theory and evidence-based practice, with special attention to the development of critical thinking, leadership, and professional skills needed in a global society.

The mission of the Social Work Program at California State University, Fullerton is to educate emerging and committed professionals for social work practice with vulnerable, marginalized, and underrepresented populations. We are committed to developing competent, ethical, and effective social workers who will promote integrity in the profession and provide leadership in advancing social work knowledge, promoting scientific inquiry and evidence-based practice, addressing social problems, and advocating for social justice. We engage communities and organizations in an effort to educate developing professional social workers while offering the wider community relevant expertise and assistance. We believe in the inclusion of individuals and groups from socially, culturally, and economically diverse environments, with special sensitivity to the multicultural communities of Orange County and the Southern California region. We also educate students toward a greater understanding of social work, human rights, and social justice from a global perspective.

The Department of Social Work offers a master's degree in social work (MSW), with concentrations in child welfare, community mental health, and aging. The Department facilitates two MSW programs: a two-year model and a three-year model. For a description of the programs and courses, see

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Fullerton, California 92831 United States View Map