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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Social Work (Two Positions)

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 20, 2023

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Social Work (Two Positions)

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1084 and 1054

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Instructional Faculty - Full Time

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Full Time


College of Health and Behavioral Studies


100057 - Social Work

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Commensurate with Experience

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About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information

JMU invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Social Work in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS).

The Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Department is a thriving academic unit that also offers two interdisciplinary minors: Nonprofit Studies and Family Studies (which has dual foci in family ecology and gerontology), and offers multiple interprofessional educational (IPE) opportunities. The Department and College also collaborate with the Department of Justice Studies and College of Arts and Letters on a minor in Youth Justice and a new Innovation Center for Youth Justice.

Currently commemorating our 60th anniversary, the BSW program has a long history of excellence, leadership in social work education, and continuous national accreditation. We are a student-centered department that values open interactions between students and faculty. We are a diverse faculty with a strong commitment to respectful and supportive collegiality.

The Social Work Department is situated in JMU's College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS). We, along with other CHBS units, are undertaking efforts to identify and dismantle oppressive racist and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes while advancing inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment towards building equitable and inclusive environments. Join us in achieving our goal of continuing to grow as a diverse college that embodies an atmosphere of belonging.

Duties and Responsibilities

Full-time instructional faculty on the tenure track are responsible for teaching, research, and service. The department prioritizes teaching, with a typical schedule of 3/3 with time equivalent to one course devoted to active professional advising each semester. Target starting date is August 2023.


Candidates must possess an MSW from a CSWE accredited social work program, two years (24 months) of post-MSW practice, and a DSW, PhD or doctoral degree related to social work. ABD candidates who fulfill requirements in their program of study with conferral of degree prior to start date will be considered. Candidates must provide evidence of a demonstrated commitment to human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion and experience teaching across curriculum areas at the BSW level. In support of minors and program needs, expertise and experience in gerontology, youth/juvenile justice, and macro practice are prioritized.

Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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EEO Statement

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or jobs@jmu.edu. You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report

Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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Additional Posting Information

Candidates will complete the application and provide the following:

  • Cover letter: Articulate interest and qualifications for the position in 2 pages or less.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Statement of Inclusive Excellence: Discuss contributions or potential contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in teaching, scholarship, and participation in the university community.

  • Names and Contact information of Three References: References will not be contacted until later in the review process.

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