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Department of Social Work - Assistant Professor

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
May 21, 2023

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Department of Social Work - Tenure-Track Assistant ProfessorThe George Mason University Department of Social Work invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We are seeking social work scholars with innovative programs of research, teaching excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice, education, and research. Candidates whose research focuses on trauma and mental health, substance use and addiction, public health social work, school social work, or disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.George Mason University, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest, most diverse, and innovative public university in Virginia with more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation's capital. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. The University recently established an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force to make certain that Mason is an inclusive and equitable campus community where everyone is valued, supported, and experiences a sense of belonging.About the College: The College of Health and Human Services is located in the new Peterson Family Health Science Hall, which has 165,000 square feet of offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and wet and dry labs. The College has accredited degree programs in Social Work, Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, and Nursing. The College's research infrastructure includes DSHI (Discovery Science and Health Informatics Center with a Machine Learning Lab), imaging resources (DEXA, fMRI, movement capture) as well as physical and metabolic human assessment tools. The College operates a Population Health Center that supports primary and behavioral health care, research, and training and where the Department of Social Work's faculty and students, alongside their transdisciplinary collaborators and community partners, can deliver behavioral health and work together to address some of the profession's most pressing social challenges. The College is strategically transitioning to become a College of Public Health. Further information about the College may be found at: the Department: The Department of Social Work has internationally recognized faculty for their expertise in areas of behavioral health, violence prevention, older adults, children and youth, and immigration, with a proud history of faculty-student-community research collaborations. The Department has received a HRSA-Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant to train the next generation of social workers in evidence-based approaches for behavioral health and is involved in a Workforce Resiliency Training Program. Additionally, faculty are engaged in innovative, collaborative research projects that leverage university partnerships to incorporate digital technology solutions and computing techniques in developing service interventions. The Department of Social Work offers BSW and MSW degree programs (including a fully online MSW program) with an educational and research mission focusing on practice and policy interventions that improve health and well-being and promote economic and social justice, particularly for individuals, families, and communities who have been historically oppressed. The department includes 23 full-time faculty, enrolls approximately 200 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, and is building a PhD program.Responsibilities:The successful candidate will be expected to:Develop or continue a program of original research;Engage in collaborative research;Teach and mentor students;Establish and/or bring an extramurally funded research program;Engage in professional service in support of advancing the mission of the department and college; andContribute to the development of curriculum, degree programs, and research.Required Qualifications:Earned Ph.D. in Social Work or closely-related discipline by the start of the position in August 2023;MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program;Ability to teach across the curriculum (BSW, MSW, PhD) and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; andEvidence of research excellence as measured by a positive trajectory of refereed publications in high impact journals and grant funding.Preferred Qualifications:Two or more years of post-MSW practice experience;Strong trajectory of refereed publications and evidence of research funding (intra- or extramural grant funding or awards); andAbility to teach a range of direct practice/clinical courses for BSW/MSW students.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at for position #F745AZ. Applications must include: (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement of interests and goals, (4) statement of teaching experience and philosophy, (5), contact information for three professional references (include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number), and (6) a diversity statement summarizing commitment to diversity and summary of the extent to which you have worked with individuals from underserved groups in a teaching, mentorship and/or advisory capacity.NOTE: Candidates who are invited for the second round of interviews must arrange for the search committee to receive three letters of recommendation prior to the second interview.The review of applicants starts on November 1st and continues until the position is filled.Questions regarding the position should be routed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Megumi Inoue (

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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