Assistant Professor

Portland State University - Portland, OR4.2

Full-time | Part-timeEstimated: $63,000 - $83,000 a year
Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
The School of Social Work at Portland State University is committed to the enhancement of the individual and society. We are dedicated to social change and to the attainment of social justice for all people, the eradication of poverty, the liberation of oppressed people, the rights of all individuals and groups to determine their destiny, and the opportunity to live in cooperation. The School offers degree programs in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Bachelor in Social Work, Master of Social Work (campus, distance, and online options), and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work and Social Research. The BSW and MSW degree programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Approximately 35 full-time and 50 part-time faculty provide instruction for our campus, distance, and online options. Our undergraduate enrollment is approximately 350, and graduate enrollment is over 500 students.

The PSU School of Social Work is also home to significant research, training, and public service programming. Faculty, staff, and students in the School of Social Work conduct over $14 million annually of applied social science research and training. The PSU School of Social Work ranks first in the nation in terms of annual expenditures, according to the 2016 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Expenditure Survey. The School hosts a broad range of research and sponsored projects from large-scale federal grants to state contracts to smaller community-based evaluations. The faculty’s research initiatives have attracted support from some of the nation’s most respected funders, such as Health Resources and Service Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, W. T. Grant Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Most grant-supported projects are managed within one of the affiliated research units:
– Regional Research Institute for Human Services
– Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services
– Research & Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures
– Reclaiming Futures
– The Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research

Faculty and students also conduct research that is not grant supported, often in partnership with community stakeholders and organizations within and beyond Portland State University. The University and the School share a goal to raise the research profile of the faculty as they contribute basic and applied research for understanding issues in the region, the nation, and internationally.

Position Summary
The Master of Social Work program in Portland State University’s School of Social Work invites applications for Assistant Professor tenure-track positions. These positions are nine-month, full-time academic appointments. Our School seeks applicants to teach in the Master of Social Work program with a substantive focus on social work practice in health care, aging, immigration, and/or addictions. Candidates who demonstrate an interest in and ability to move forward the mission, values, and vision of the School, particularly those with knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to racial equity and emancipatory frameworks, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority will be given to candidates with social work practice experience who demonstrate a strong commitment and background in student-centered pedagogy and engaged learning, including experience teaching first-generation students and students from historically marginalized groups including but not limited to: Native American, African American, Latinx, LGBT and queer students, and students with disabilities. Ideal candidates will also have experience teaching and developing online courses.

Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD or DSW in social work or related discipline (e.g., public health, human development/family studies, education). ABD may be considered but degree must be officially awarded on or before September 15, 2020
  • Demonstrated interest in the integration of research and scholarship, teaching, and service to the School, University, State, and profession.
Preferred Qualifications Key Cultural Competencies
  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Environmental Stewardship
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct
At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Portland State University offers an excellent benefits package that includes 95% healthcare premiums paid, a generous retirement package, and reduced tuition rates for employees and their families at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Application Instructions
Additional Information
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Candidates should apply online with the following documents:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
5. Professional References

Applications should be received no later than October 1, 2019. The review of applications will begin immediately. Please address materials to:
Stéphanie Wahab, PhD and Sarah Bradley, MSSW, LCSW Co-Chairs, Faculty Search Committee
Portland State University – School of Social Work

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes
If you have questions
Please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs: Stéphanie Wahab at
and Sarah Bradley at

Search Details
Posting Close Date 10/01/2019
Projected Close Date for Posting Closes
Application screening begins
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes
If yes, when must the degree be earned? 09/15/2020
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes
Reference Requests
Reference Requests
Accept References No
Minimum Number of References 0
Maximum Number of References
Cutoff Date
Special Instruction for Reference Provider