Open Rank Faculty Positions

School of Social Work

(Amended October 8, 2012)

Vacancy # 13F029
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The School of Social Work (SSW) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for three open-rank, nine-month academic positions for appointment beginning fall 2013. One of these positions would take responsibility for coordinating the BSW Program. Appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor rank is dependent on qualifications.

The School of Social Work is one of three professional schools within the College of Health and Human Services, which is committed to interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research, and community engagement. SSW offers both BSW and MSW programs from the strengths perspective and a foundation in solution-focused practice, with emphasis on practice labs, small classes, and specially reinforced field instruction. The BSW program is offered on the main campus in Wilmington and on the UNCW Onslow Extension campus in Jacksonville, NC, whereas the MSW is currently available only on the main campus. The MSW program has a clinical concentration, with the foundation practice courses based on a Solution-Focused foundation and specialized courses in both cognitive-behavioral and motivational theories.  Faculty members teach across programs and on both campuses.

Qualifications include an accredited Master’s Degree in Social Work and a PhD in Social Work or a related field. Persons who are ABD will be considered for Assistant Professor rank only; the doctorate is required at the beginning of the year or it must be obtained within first academic year of employment.  Candidates for Associate or Full Professor will need to demonstrate a strong publication record and potential for funded scholarship. Persons interested in teaching practice must have at least two years of direct practice experience, with those who can qualify for clinical licensure preferred.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate potential for excellent teaching and scholarly productivity.  Faculty conducting community-based or applied research are especially encouraged to apply.  We would like candidates to be able to teach in at least two areas of the BSW and MSW Foundation curriculum. Candidates who have research, teaching, and/or practice experience with diverse populations are preferred. Candidates applying to coordinate the BSW Program should have prior experience in BSW education and academic administration.

The School of Social Work has a collegial and collaborative faculty who care deeply about teaching, scholarship, meaningful service, and regional engagement.  UNCW is a growing comprehensive university with 13,000 students committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. The larger UNCW College of Health and Human Services in which the School is housed encourages synergy among nursing, social work, and other applied human sciences. The beautiful 640-acre main campus is located just minutes from a historic downtown, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.  The UNCW Onslow Extension Campus, in Jacksonville, NC, is home to a major military community, with Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point, and MCAS New River nearby. Wilmington is home to a regional medical center along with a myriad of other opportunities for applied learning and health and gerontological research. 

Information on the School of Social Work can be found at

Review process and application procedure

Please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application, curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Dr. Karen Sandell, Search Committee Chair, and attached to the online application – not emailed or mailed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 22, 2012; however applications will continue to be considered until the positions are filled.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Helene Harris at (910) 962-3872.  For questions about the position, contact Dr. Sandell at or (910) 962-2584.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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