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Current Openings

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (3 positions)

Beginning Fall 2022
Location: Knoxville or Nashville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work invites applications for three open-rank, tenure-track positions. We are looking for colleagues who will contribute to the highest-quality education of undergraduate and graduate students, conduct innovative scholarship that addresses the current and emerging Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, engage with communities and professional organizations in meaningful ways, and help the College move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work and the University of Tennessee. The university recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution in its new strategic vision for UTK (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/) that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” The College is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic senior leadership of Dean Lori Messinger, continuing our work as a national leader in critical, social justice-focused, and engaged scholarship, education, and service and a strong collaborator across the university and the country. College faculty, staff, and administrators are committed to creating an equity-minded work and learning environment, tackling issues of equity and inclusion, and advancing opportunities for all individuals. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional and thriving academic community.

We seek candidates who can build on our strengths, and particularly at the associate- or full-level, who can contribute to our broadening interdisciplinary research collaborations. At the full professor-level, a sustained record of high-level scholarship supported by external funding is required. Our faculty’s current areas of scholarship and practice experience include: Behavioral health across the lifespan; social determinants of health and health disparities; trauma-informed approaches to care; poverty, homelessness, and inequality; climate change and environmental justice; critical race theory; school-based interventions; animal-human bonds and veterinary social work; addiction and treatment; gerontology and evidence-based organizational leadership and policy change. The College supports interdisciplinary research as demonstrated by faculty collaborations with Education, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Geography, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the College are committed to supporting our tenure-track faculty. With a strong mentoring program across the career lifespan, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success, faculty members at the UTK College of Social Work are positioned to succeed.

With over 850 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 College is also home to The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR), which conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of at-risk children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. The CBHR’s research incorporates faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines at UTK and other universities. Since its founding in 1988, the CBHR’s work has been largely funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, among others.

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, outstanding athletic opportunities, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s diverse community brings events such as the 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. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the 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.


Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • A doctorate in Social Work or a related field (ABD will be considered for applicants at the assistant professor level).
  • Evidence of ability to support the College’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Evidence of a research agenda that advances social, racial, economic, or environmental justice, among others.
  • Evidence of ability to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and across modalities.
  • For Assistant Professor candidates, a research agenda with potential for external funding.
  • For candidates for Associate Professor, a research agenda with preliminary evidence of external funding and clear potential for sustained external funding.
  • For candidates for Full Professor, evidence of successful, sustained external funding.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in social work.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
  • Experience working in team-based research groups.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a copy of 3 representative research, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, October 15 , 2021, though review may continue until the appointments are made. Materials should be submitted electronically. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Dr. Courtney Cronley at ccronley@utk.edu.


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Apply now at https://apply.interfolio.com/94516

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work invites applications for two (2) 12-month, non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Practice positions. The positions are one-year renewable appointments. Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications. The positions will be located at the College of Social Work Nashville Campus.

Professors of Practice have responsibilities for face-to-face and online instruction in the BSSW and MSSW programs. These roles require effective communication of knowledge and information to students while promoting skill acquisition and development of critical thinking. Professors of Practice must model ethical behavior and be able to objectively evaluate competencies. In addition, they serve as advisors to students and contribute to the College through organizational and community service.

The University of Tennessee, College of Social work is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to its diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice goals.

Nashville is an action-packed and unforgettable city with so much more to offer than its famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. It is currently listed as #30 on the U.S. News and World report’s best Places to Live (2021) and offers events such as the CMA Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, Live on the Green, Tomato Art Fest, and the Nashville Pride Festival. Nashville is also home to several HBCUs with vibrant campus activities. Outside of Nashville’s busy downtown Broadway scene, there are lots of unique neighborhoods filled with fantastic ethnic food options and cultural events, with unlimited opportunities to explore gorgeous parks and greenways, both inside and outside the city limits. Nashville is a short distance away from national parks that are great for camping and hiking. If you enjoy spending time outside a good portion of the year, Nashville is the place to be!

Qualifications

Required qualifications

  • A master’s degree in Social Work
  • Experience teaching, training, or working closely with students
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: generalist practice, human development, trauma, organizational leadership, and issues of culturally responsive practice
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated competency in graduate education
  • Teaching experience in both face-to-face and online formats
  • Five years post-master’s practice experience
  • A doctoral degree in Social Work or closely related field

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 12, 2021, though review may continue until the appointments are made. Materials should be submitted electronically on the University’s Human Resources web site – specifically, at the job posting at http://apply.interfolio.com/97014. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland at sbowland@utk.edu .

DSW Program Assistant Professor of Practice Position

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work (CSW) invites applications in our Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program for a 12-month non-tenure track faculty position in our online program with a one-week summer residency. We have 60 DSW students who are employed fulltime while working on their doctorates and who are located all over the country and abroad. Our DSW program in advanced clinical practice and leadership/management prepares them to become advanced practitioner-scholars who are able to translate research into practice, teach in academic settings and assume leadership positions to advance social justice in policies and programs at local, state, and national levels.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, which has campuses in Knoxville and Nashville. We have committed ourselves to furthering anti-oppressive education. The College is committed to creating an equity-minded work and learning environment, to tackling issues of equity and inclusion, and to advancing opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, or physical/developmental ability. Grounded in social, racial, and economic justice, the College faculty are committed to scholarship, education, and service that addresses the Grand Challenges of Social Work, including areas such as the social determinants of health and health disparities, trauma-informed approaches to care, gerontology, animal-human bonds and veterinary social work, forensic social work and prevention science.

DSW program goals include: Being a leader in the new CSWE standards for accreditation of DSW programs and revising our curriculum based on evolving standards for universal design and inclusion. We are seeking a practitioner-scholar, who can oversee DSW students’ research projects and teach in our clinical or leadership/management sequence of courses, as well as contribute to course development and design. Mentored research projects employ either quantitative and qualitative methods and examples include: Program evaluation, quality improvement, secondary data analysis, policy implementation and cultural competency trainings. Courses in the management research sequence include: clinical leadership, clinical management and individual and group practice with diverse populations.

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 work with diverse client populations. They are also trained to address areas of need in their own community context. 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 campus and an R1 institution.

The Knoxville campus is nestled next to a thriving downtown area, which offers an array of local restaurants, shopping and entertainment just a short walk from campus. Knoxville is a thriving southern city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives to cultural, music, and outstanding outdoor recreation areas. Numerous lakes and rivers surround the city, and Knoxville is located less than one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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 the 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.

Nashville is an action-packed and unforgettable city with so much more to offer than its famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. It is currently listed as #30 on the U.S. News and World report’s best Places to Live (2021) and offers events such as the CMA Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, Live on the Green, Tomato Art Fest, and the Nashville Pride Festival. Nashville is also home to several HBCUs with vibrant campus activities. Outside of Nashville’s busy downtown Broadway scene, there are lots of unique neighborhoods filled with fantastic ethnic food options and cultural events, with unlimited opportunities to explore gorgeous parks and greenways, both inside and outside the city limits. Nashville is a short distance away from national parks that are great for camping and hiking. If you enjoy spending time outside a good portion of the year, Nashville is the place to be!

Qualifications

Required qualifications

  • A doctorate in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field
  • Evidence of ability to teach online at the graduate level
  • Evidence of commitment to advancing anti-oppressive and anti-racist social work through research and practice
  • Experience with research design and execution of research projects
  • Five years of experience in social work post clinical licensure

Preferred qualifications

  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Experience with organizational leadership
  • Experience teaching in doctoral education

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 3, 2021, though review may continue until the appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically on the University’s Human Resources web site – specifically, at the job posting at http://apply.interfolio.com/98308. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland at sbowland@utk.edu .

Assistant Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations (Social Work Research & Public Service) – Knoxville Campus

Regular Full-time, Market Range 12

Job Summary/Essential Job Functions

The Assistant Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations will assist the Director of the Social Work Office of Research & Public Service (SWORPS) and the Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations for the College of Social Work (CSW) in ensuring the achievement of all program budget goals. The position is responsible for managing the annual contracts that fund the office, as well as the human resources and business operations. Our current work includes a mix of funding from public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; from departments and centers at the University of Tennessee; and from non-profit agencies and foundations. The position works closely with the leadership team, principal investigators, and program managers to draft proposal budgets and work plans, and ensure that resources are available to meet all project deliverables in a timely manner within budget constraints. The position monitors grant and contract timelines and ensures renewals are initiated and works with external fiscal offices to ensure contracts are in place before work begins. The position also oversees human resources functions. The position develops policies and tools to communicate and support operations. In addition, this position supervises the fiscal/business unit staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Work closely with the SWORPS Director, CSW Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations, and Business Manager to manage an approximately annual $6 M budget.
  • Function as liaison with the College of Social Work business office, ensuring that they have all documentation necessary to monitor the fiscal health of SWORPS.
  • Provide oversight and strategic direction for 25-30 programs/projects in collaboration with Principal Investigators and Program Managers.
  • Ensure all grants and contracts are aligned with partner agency needs and University, State, and Federal regulatory stipulations.
  • Oversee RIF fund management allocated by the CSW Dean, CSW Associate Dean for Research, and CSW Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations.

Pre-Award and Post-Award Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff with sponsored program documentation and budget development.
  • Acts as a resource for research-related issues related to the Uniform Guidance.
  • Communicates with staff on all issues related to sponsored program applications and awards.
  • Reviews and approves research-related invoices and charges.
  • Reviews proposal documents
  • Notice of grant award (if necessary)
  • Proposal budget (pre and post award)
  • Participate in proposal planning meetings and Principal Investigator (PI) and relevant participants
  • Oversees Financial Conflict of Interest compliance (routing employee and partner forms to ORE, etc.).
  • Final level of review/approval of: accurate, detailed proposal budgets for submission to OSP (final level of review of all proposed cost for allowability per funding announcement/program regulations).
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with clients’ fiscal departments and University Office of Sponsored Projects and Accounting to navigate grants and contracts processes.
  • Provide oversight for award terms and conditions, budget negotiations, effort certification, and compliance with Uniform Guidance.
  • Communicate changes in scope or effort commitments to OSP.
  • Maintain master award file
  • Assist with required programmatic approvals and requests, e.g. no cost extensions, change in scope, new requests.
  • Assist with preparation and submission of programmatic reports.
  • Submit closeout report information as required in coordination with SPA.
  • Monitor personnel effort certification on restricted accounts.
  • Manage association of internal budget and award budget.
  • Final level of review and approval of internal requests to OSP for re-budgets per award and financial approvals.
  • Review/approve all expenditures

Administration and Human Resource Responsibilities

  • Participate in an executive management team to spearhead office-wide and unit strategic planning efforts
  • Collaborate with the Director of SWORPS and Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations to problem-solve issues and respond to emergent issues that arise with sponsors, contracts, and staff
  • Maintain Standard Operating Procedures
  • Oversee office communications including publications and reporting to stakeholders
  • Oversee personnel recruitment, and hiring, training, per University policies
  • Assist with metrics and reports
  • Supervise Business Manager and Manage fiscal/business unit in coordination with the Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations.

Minimum Requirements

Education:Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred


Experience:

  • Prefer experience in human services/nonprofit organizations.
  • Prefer 8 or more years’ experience in budget management and contract negotiation.
  • Prefer familiarity with University policies and procedures .

Work Schedule: This position may occasionally have weekend work hours and overnight travel.


Application Process: Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Interested individuals should apply on the University’s Human Resources web site – specifically, on the position posting.

Administrative Associate II

Regular Full-time, Market Range 04

The University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work is accepting applications for an Administrative Associate II. This position is housed at the Nashville campus. This position supports all the Nashville and Online Field faculty. It serves as program support to the College of Social Work Field Education (supports field faculty, faculty liaisons, and field adjuncts). This position coordinates and performs complex daily activities and operations between students, field instructors, field liaisons and the UTK CSW personnel as well as student organizations. The following functions that include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Director and Assistant Director of Field Education.
  • Provide processing support to directors, field faculty, and field liaisons mileage reimbursement, conference registrations, and travel expenses.
  • Coordinates and assists the Director and Associate Director with field related events.
  • Manage the on-line software Field Database program.
  • Manage TCPS for the MSSW Nashville field and provide backup support to the MSSW Knoxville program and BSSW program.
  • Provide administrative support to CSW student organizations.

Minimum Requirements

Required Education: Applicant must hold a high school diploma.

Required Experience: Two to three years related experience in a professional office environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Self-disciplined/motivated
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and work independently, efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment

Interested individuals should apply on the University’s Human Resources web site – specifically, on the position posting here.

Student Services Professional (Advisor)

Regular Full-time, Market Range 7

he University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work (CSW) is looking for a vibrant, dynamic individual interested in working in a team environment dedicated to student success. As a member of the College of Social Work staff, the Advisor is responsible for providing academic support and advising to graduate social work students enrolled in our undergraduate programs. Advisors use online programs like Banner/MyUTK to assist students in developing plans of study and reviewing their progress. Areas of responsibility include supporting recruiting and admissions, providing academic advising, managing student records and tracking, providing support for students encountering academic challenges, and supporting enrollment management.

The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 27,000 students, the Knoxville campus is located within the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. The CSW Nashville campus serves graduate social work students in the Nashville metro area and also serves as the home for faculty and staff supporting the online MSSW program. As a land-grant university guided by its new strategic plan, it is committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing diversity and inclusion, engaging locally and globally and embracing the responsible stewardship of resources.

The Position: The advisor provides comprehensive academic advising in College of Social Work, assisting students with developing a course of study, managing any changes to their plans, and reaching graduation. The advisor also mentors students on professionalism and social work values and ethics throughout their time in the program. The Advisor will collaborate with student support services on campus to address student needs. The Advisor also works closely with the CSW recruiters and CSW Leadership, academic program directors, and Student Services. The Advisor will also serve on campus, College, and University committees related to student success. Position needs familiarity with the social work profession. Ability to work with adult learners preferred. Ability to articulate the depth and breadth of the social work profession as well as articulate the ethics of the profession. Evidence of management, leadership and organizational ability, including multi-tasking. must accept supervision and guidance.

MINIMUM REQ?UIREMENTS

EDUCATION:Applicant must hold a Master’s degree in from an accredited program. Degree in Social Work is preferred.

Required experience:

  • Computer literacy and strong skills with computer applications such as MS Office and Zoom
  • Capability to learn various database and student information programs to manage applicant and student files
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to handle simultaneous projects, and the ability to respond quickly and accurately to inquiries and requests
  • Mediation empathy and ability to express self verbally
  • Commitment to the diversity and inclusive goals of the university
  • Student record keeping
  • Ability to relate effectively to students, faculty, support staff, alumni and parents.

Preferred experience:

  • Experience working with students in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Experience working with banner/myutk

WORK SCHEDULE: This position may occasionally have weekend work hours and overnight travel.

WORK LOCATION: This position will work on Knoxville campus.


Application Process:

Application Process: Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should apply on the University’s Human Resources web site – specifically, on the position’s posting.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.


General Inquiries

For general inquiries about employment opportunities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, contact the university’s human resource department at:
http://hr.utk.edu/recruitment/

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:
tharmon2@utk.edu
(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.