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Assistant Professor

University of Illinois School of Social Work


Urbana, IL

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Job description

The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for two 9-month tenure-track assistant professor positions with a starting date of August 16, 2024. We especially seek candidates with research expertise in two critical areas: 1) youth experiencing trauma or criminal legal involvement, and 2) the use of technology in social work (e.g., improving service access or intervention quality, impact of technology on minoritized populations, ethics, or improving digital literacy for disadvantaged populations).

The successful candidate will have established an initial research portfolio demonstrating promise for developing a productive and impactful record including publications and external funding.

Demonstration of the ability to establish excellence in teaching social work undergraduate and graduate students likewise is expected. A Ph.D. in social work or another health or social science field is required; candidates holding MSW degrees are preferred.

The University of Illinois School of Social Work is known for its achievements in research, teaching, and community engagement. We pride ourselves on diverse interdisciplinary collaborations, including with our world-leading technology-focused disciplines and health related programs. Our three social work degree programs have expanded rapidly in the last decade, and now include both campus-based and online teaching opportunities. We have extensive partnerships with state and community-based agencies that provide fertile networks for innovative research and teaching. Many of our faculty members have expertise in conducting international and community-based participatory research.

The School is committed to developing and disseminating knowledge for practice, with special emphasis on identifying the needs of marginalized and minoritized groups, developing responsive social welfare programs and interventions, and promoting social, racial and economic justice. The School is the home of the Children and Family Research Center ( and the Center for Prevention Research and Development (, which provide rich sources of data as well as opportunities for research collaborations.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is consistently ranked in the top fifty of all universities world-wide. The UIUC library and its related information and technology programs are unmatched, and access to a wealth of information and data resources is outstanding. Our Champaign- Urbana community is diverse and welcoming, and blends the best of micro-urban living with easy access to Chicago.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information Qualified applicants must create a candidate profile through and upload a cover letter, resume, a research-based writing sample, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged as interviews may take place during the application period, but a hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Salary is commensurate with experience. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Debbie Richardson at You may also visit for information about the School. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

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