Teaching Professor, Open Rank Social Work Specialization in Children, Youth, and Families

Pennsylvania State University
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Teaching Professor, Open Rank Social Work Specialization in Children, Youth, and Families

The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a full-time, 48-week position, rank open, in their currently developing World Campus (Online) Masters in Social Work (MSW) program. The successful applicant will serve as the program's lead for their Children, Youth, and Families specialization area.

We are specifically seeking applicants with expertise in clinical social work practice with children, youth, and families. Applicants must have an MSW and at least three years of clinical practice experience. Specific competencies critical to success include excellent verbal and written communication skills, a team-oriented collaborative approach, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to work with traditional and non-traditional students and students from diverse backgrounds, and knowledge of innovative, best practices in on-line teaching.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the Children, Youth, and Families specialization area, including the development of the curriculum, course development, and course instruction. This program will be housed in the Human Development and Family Studies Department within the College of Health and Human Development and offered via Penn State's World Campus. Knowledge of social work curricula, experience with designing master's level social work courses, and on-line teaching experience is essential. Specific responsibilities include working with the MSW team to design curriculum, identify the needed courses for the specialization, integrate CSWE learning benchmarks into each course and participate in the CSWE accreditation process, and design and deliver MSW on-line courses.

Full-time Instructor load is three courses/sections per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), with no more than nine courses/sections annually. Semester teaching load, however, will be determined in balance with other assignments related to strategic efforts to develop and sustain the MSW program, which could include the development of new courses, developing and/or adapting new approaches to existing web-based courses, and service related to the growth and development of the MSW program.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Position requires an MSW degree (DSW preferred) from a CSWE accredited program, at least three years post MSW degree direct social work practice experience, a social work license (LCSW), and 3 years of supervision experience of MSW students.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
United States

How to Apply

This 48-week limited-term, 100% Full-time Equivalency (FTE) faculty appointment is funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. When applying, please upload a cover letter, a CV, a brief statement of teaching philosophy/interest, and a list of contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Apply online at https://apptrkr.com/3253786

Application Deadline
Open until filled