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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Social Work invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program on our Knoxville campus. We are looking for a proven graduate instructor who has strong clinical practice experience, understands the needs of working MSW-level practitioners, and has experience with graduate education. We also seek a leader who can help the College move forward in our commitment to equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s campus, a time of possibility and change. The College is under the leadership of a new Dean, Dr. Lori Messinger, and a new Chancellor, Dr. Donde Plowman, who together embrace a vision of the College as a national leader in engaged scholarship and a strong collaborator across the university and the country. The person hired in this position would be a part of imagining the future and setting the priorities for the next chapter of our College.

We are looking for an applicant who can become part of the team supporting our widely respected, advanced clinical doctoral program. The hybrid/online intensive DSW Program enrolls more than 60 working professionals and prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership. Clinical faculty members develop and revise courses, teach courses in the DSW curriculum using our hybrid/online model, mentor DSW students, and provide supervision of DSW research projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field.
  • Five years of post-MSW or doctoral clinical practice experience
  • Evidence of ability to teach at the graduate level
  • Evidence of ability to support the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of substantive expertise in one or more content areas in the DSW curriculum

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Experience in doctoral education
  • Experience with clinical, translational, or program evaluation research and/or leadership/management
  • Experience with online education

With over 700 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly qualified social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The UTK Master of Social Work program was ranked 22nd out of all public institutions in the nation by US News and World Report. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship, land grant campus and an R1 institution

The Knoxville campus is nestled next to the thriving downtown area, which offers an array of local restaurants, shopping and entertainment just a short walk from campus. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small southern city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives to thriving cultural, music, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s diverse culture brings events such as Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera`s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. We are home to Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and UT Knoxville’s Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live. Numerous lakes and rivers surround the city, and Knoxville is located less than one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, curriculum vitae, and names/addresses (postal and e-mail) and phone numbers of three references. Review of applications will continue until the appointment is made. Please submit materials to:

Ms. Natalie Crippen
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Social Work
402 Henson Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-3333
(865) 974-6693

General Inquiries

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For general inquiries about employment opportunities at the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, contact the Budget Director, Tiffany Harmon at:
(865) 974-3136

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.