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MSSW Online Program Director, Fall 2023

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee (UTK) recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The UTCSW is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team to deepen our impact as researchers and scholars. With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly skilled and culturally sensitive social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional and thriving academic community.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the UTCSW are committed to our tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty. There is a strong mentoring program, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds for research, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success.

The Position

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW) invites applications for an Online MSSW Program Director. We seek an experienced faculty colleague who has expertise in online graduate social work education. We are looking for a qualified candidate who will contribute to the highest-quality education of graduate students, engage with communities and professional organizations in collaborative ways, and help the CSW move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Social Work, the position can be located on either the Knoxville or Nashville campus. Faculty rank and appointment type will be based on experience and qualifications.

The Director of the Online Master of Social Work Program has the primary responsibility for managing day-to-day programmatic activities. This position works in tandem with the other MSSW directors on various aspects of the program, including admissions, curriculum development and implementation, student advising, faculty teaching assignments, program assessment, and compliance with accreditation standards. The MSSW Program Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders. The MSSW Director promotes the School’s connection with the practice community through active engagement with relevant professional associations at the local and national levels. The level of this position requires comprehensive knowledge and understanding of university practices and processes, sound judgment and decision-making skills, the ability to work collaboratively on a team, and the ability to create a vision and leadership for the Online MSSW Program. This position requires extensive knowledge of best practices in online education, especially as it relates to adult learners. 

Campus Locations

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 activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,  the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Appalachia is a short drive from Knoxville. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis 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 dynamic 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.

 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work
  • Evidence of ability to support the College’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of online curriculum and program development experience
  • Evidence of committee or team leadership
  • Ability to describe teaching experience in the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and across modalities
  • Experience teaching and or training in an online program
  • Evidence of a scholarship and/or teaching agenda that advances social, racial, economic, or environmental justice, among others
  • Evidence of professional qualifications appropriate to faculty type and rank

Preferred Qualifications

  • A doctorate in Social Work or related field
  • Administrative experience in education or training programs
  • Evidence of community engagement

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2022, though review may continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through  http://apply.interfolio.com/112977. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland sbowland@utk.edu

 
 
 

 

Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, Fall 2023

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee (UTK) recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The UTCSW is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team to deepen our impact as researchers and scholars. With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the CSW is preparing highly skilled and culturally sensitive social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional and thriving academic community.

The UTCSW is also home to The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR), which conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of 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. Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, The W.T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

We seek candidates who can build on the CSW’s areas of research strength and contribute to our broadening interdisciplinary and community-based research collaborations. The UTCSW supports interdisciplinary research as demonstrated by faculty collaborations with Education, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Geography, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering, as well as community-based partnerships with Cherokee Health Systems, Knox County Health Department, Knox County School system, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, among others.   

The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the UTCSW are committed to our tenure-track faculty. There is a strong mentoring program, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success.

The Position

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position. We are looking for a colleague who can partner with our college faculty on their interdisciplinary research on the needs of under resourced groups. We are also looking for a qualified candidate who will contribute to the highest-quality education of undergraduate and graduate students, engage with communities and professional organizations in collaborative ways, and help the CSW move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The position can be located on either the Knoxville or Nashville campus.

Campus Locations

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 activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the museum of Appalachia is a short drive from Knoxville. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis 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 dynamic 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.

 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work; A doctorate in Social Work or a related field (ABD’s considered)
  • 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 high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and across modalities
  • A research agenda with potential for external funding

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research interests connected to one or more of our current faculty
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Experience working in team-based research groups

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, October 15, 2022, though review may continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through  http://apply.interfolio.com/112974 Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland sbowland@utk.edu

 
 

 

Associate/Full Professor, College of Social Work, Fall 2023

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee (UTK) recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The UTCSW is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team to deepen our impact as educators, researchers, and scholars. With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly skilled and culturally sensitive social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. College faculty conduct interdisciplinary research that focuses on the needs of under-resourced groups. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional, thriving academic community.

The College is also home to The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR), which conducts a broad array of behavioral health studies of 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. Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, The W.T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

We seek candidates who can lead in the area of health social work, build on the College’s existing areas of research strength, and who can contribute to our broadening interdisciplinary and community-based research collaborations. At the full professor-level, a sustained record of high-level scholarship supported by external funding is required. The UTCSW supports interdisciplinary research as demonstrated by faculty collaborations with Education, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Geography, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering, as well as community-based partnerships with Cherokee Health Systems, Knox County Health Department, Knox County School system, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, among others.   

The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the CSW in both Knoxville and Nashville are committed to our tenure-track faculty. There is a strong mentoring program, manageable teaching load, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success.

 

The Position

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW) invites applications for an associate or full professor with a specialization in social work and health, with specific research interests in health behaviors. We are also looking for a qualified candidate who will contribute to the highest-quality education of undergraduate and graduate students, engage with communities and professional organizations in collaborative ways, and help the CSW move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice. The position can be located on either the Knoxville or Nashville campus.

Campus Locations

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 activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,  the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Appalachia is a short drive from Knoxville.. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis 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 dynamic 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.

 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in Social Work or a related field
  • An articulated understanding of diversity and inclusive excellence in scholarship, and evidence of commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive climate.
  • Evidence of a research agenda on social work and health that advances social, racial, economic, or environmental justice, among others
  • Evidence of commitment to mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are developing programs of externally-funded research.
  • Candidates for Associate Professor should have a record of increasing peer reviewed publications and presentations, an established record of applying for and obtaining external funding, and a growing record of excellent teaching and mentoring
  • Candidates for Full Professor should have a record of strong scholarship in terms of peer reviewed publications and presentations, an sustained record of applying for and obtaining external funding with experience leading research teams, and an established record of excellent teaching and mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work
  • Experience teaching courses in social work practice
  • Specific research interests in health behaviors
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
  • Experience leading research teams.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2022, though review may continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through  http://apply.interfolio.com/112982. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland sbowland@utk.edu.

 
 

 

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, College of Social Work, Fall 2023

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship research institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The College of Social Work is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team. We seek to deepen our work as national leaders in critical, social justice-focused, and engaged scholarship, education, and community service. 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. College faculty, staff, and administrators are enthusiastically creating equity-minded, inclusive work and learning environments, providing community spaces for critical conversations, and developing interdisciplinary research that focuses on addressing the needs of under-resourced groups. The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional, thriving academic community.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the College of Social Work are committed to our tenure track and practice faculty. There is a strong mentoring program and university support for teaching and research innovation and success. The ADEI position serves our Knoxville, Nashville, and online campuses, and can be located in Knoxville or Nashville.

 

The Position

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW) invites applications for our associate dean for equity and inclusion (ADEI). We seek a colleague who will continue the groundbreaking work of our previous ADEI through further implementation of our active diversity action plan and leading our strong commitment to social justice. The ADEI is responsible for the strategic direction of the CSW’s DEI activities, promoting an equitable, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and respectful environment for faculty, staff and students. The ADEI is a member of the senior administrative leadership team and reports directly to the dean. Faculty rank and appointment will be based on experience and qualifications.

The scope of responsibilities of the associate dean for equity and inclusion includes:

  1. Leading the College’s Committee for Equity and Inclusion to oversee the development, implementation, and assessment of the college’s equity and inclusion plan.
  2. Providing leadership in curriculum, academic assessment, and strategic planning related to diversity/inclusion.
  3. Developing and disseminating information about best practices for teaching as relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  4. Developing and implementing enrollment management and retention strategies with program directors and the associate dean for academic affairs, with the goals of increasing representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC) students, along with other underrepresented and minoritized students, and maximizing positive outcomes for these students.
  5. Fostering collaborative working relationships with internal and external constituents to communicate and coordinate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that support CSW and University goals.
  6. Coordinating the ongoing collection, analysis, and presentation of data and other feedback opportunities from faculty, staff, and students from minoritized populations and working with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituencies to disseminate findings.
  7. Working closely with the College leadership and standing committees to ensure that the College reflects the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, shared governance, integrity, and belonging in all of its policies, practices, and communications.
  8. Serving as the College’s liaison to external stakeholders (university, community, social work education/profession, and community groups) to understand needs and secure resources to work for equity and inclusion.

Campus Locations

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 activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,  the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Appalachia. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis 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 dynamic 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.  

Qualifications

Required qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in social work or a related field
  2. Academic credentials and leadership skills
  3. Evidence of high-quality teaching/training
  4. A clear commitment supporting and promoting anti-racism, equity, and inclusion of students, faculty, and staff from differing backgrounds
  5. History of successful leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and anti-racism, and engaging in activities that support equity and respect in the work environment

Preferred qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in social work
  2. Advanced training around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and the lived experiences of oppressed or marginalized populations
  3. Practice or research expertise and/or publications in the areas of oppressed or marginalized populations or systems of oppression, marginalization, and liberation
  4. Diversity, equity and inclusion training experience

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) three examples of scholarly or creative materials, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2022, though review may continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through  http://apply.interfolio.com/112979. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland sbowland@utk.edu

 

 

Cooper-Herron Endowed Professorship in Mental Health Practice and Research, College of Social Work, Fall 2023

The University and the College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) recognizes its role as a land-grant, flagship Research-1 institution as stated in its new strategic vision that imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The CSW is moving forward on this vision under the dynamic leadership of Dean Lori Messinger and our senior leadership team to deepen our impact as educators, researchers, and scholars. College faculty conduct interdisciplinary research that focuses on the needs of under resourced groups. We value engaged scholarship and strong collaboration across the university and the country, as exemplified in the University and College Strategic Plans. The university is also actively promoting multidisciplinary and translational studies in human health and wellbeing.  The person hired in this position would become a member of this exceptional and thriving academic community.

 

The Position

The University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Social Work (UTCSW) is seeking a highly regarded scholar to fill the position of Cooper-Herron Endowed Professorship in Mental Health Practice and Research.  This endowed professorship offers an outstanding opportunity for an experienced behavioral health researcher to pursue their program of research with significant potential for collaboration with creative colleagues and doctoral students.  We offer a reduced teaching load to allow for greater focus on conducting programmatic research. It is expected that the person who fills this position would actively contribute to the growing research portfolio within the college by pursuing and receiving external funding for their program of research. This 9-month faculty position, which can be housed on the Knoxville or Nashville campuses, offers a highly competitive salary with excellent fringe benefits.

With over 850 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the UTCSW is preparing highly skilled and culturally sensitive social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. We are also looking for a qualified candidate who will help the CSW move forward in our commitment to anti-oppressive practice, equity, inclusive excellence, and social justice. We are committed to education, scholarship, and service that together move the needle on the social and economic problems that disproportionately affect under resourced and minoritized populations.

The successful candidate will be a respected researcher with a national or international reputation and a strong record of scholarly accomplishment, including a sustained record of funding from NIH, NSF, and/or other external funders. Their research should fit within the broad area of mental health and health behaviors, meaning executing studies in the development, prevention, and/or treatment of mental and emotional disorders and/or the behaviors associated with them. Emphasis on specific periods of the life course – childhood through old age – is open. The CSW has a growing portfolio of research focusing on behavioral health and mental health sequelae of life experiences (e.g., trauma, immigration stress, climate disasters) and studies developing and testing innovative models of prevention and treatment. Preference will be given to researchers who demonstrate interdisciplinary research experience.

The newly hired endowed professor would find useful collaboration opportunities within The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR). The CBHR conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. Its 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. Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, The W.T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

Campus Locations

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 activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival to name a few. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,  the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Appalachia is a short drive from Knoxville.. Citing affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranks Knoxville among the best places to live.

Nashville is an action-packed and vibrant metropolis 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 dynamic 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.

Qualifications

To be considered for this outstanding opportunity, qualified candidates must have:

  • Doctoral degree in social work, psychology, medicine, public health, sociology or other behavior health-related field
  • An established, active program of research related to mental health care
  • Evidence of strong commitment to continuing their programs of research
  • An articulated understanding of diversity and inclusive excellence in scholarship, and evidence of commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive climate in the workplace
  • Evidence of commitment to mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are developing programs of externally-funded research
  • Candidates for Associate Professor should have a record of increasing peer reviewed publications and presentations, an established record of applying for and obtaining external funding, and a growing record of excellent teaching and mentoring
  • Candidates for Full Professor should have a record of strong scholarship in terms of peer reviewed publications and presentations, a sustained record of applying for and obtaining external funding with experience leading research teams, and an established record of excellent teaching and mentoring.

Candidates meeting preferred qualifications will have:

  • Graduate degree in Social Work
  • History of a commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts
  • Experience leading research teams

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide: (1) a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2022, though review will continue until an appointment is made. Materials should be submitted electronically through  http://apply.interfolio.com/112983. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lizzie Bowland sbowland@utk.edu

Staff Openings

 

Academic Advisor I

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 07

The 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 Nashville College of Social Work staff, the Advisor is responsible for providing academic support and advising to Nashville Social Work students enrolled in our 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 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 to students in the College of Social Work, assisting students with developing a course of study, managing any changes to their plans, and proceeding through to graduation. The advisor also mentors students on professionalism and social work values and ethics throughout their time in the program. Well versed in Graduate School and College policies, processes, and important dates, the advisor communicates these to students and faculty. When students encounter challenges, the Advisor will collaborate with student support services on campus and will coordinate academic committee meeting proceedings and keeps a record of all communication between program directors, students, faculty, and field, as applicable. The Advisor also works closely with the CSW recruiters and CSW Leadership, academic program directors, Student Services, Graduate Admissions to facilitate the recruitment and admission processes. The Advisor will also serve on campus, College, and University committees related to student success.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:Applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited program. One year post MSSW experience.

Required experience:

  • Mediation skills and the capacity to engage others in a meaningful way
  • 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
  • Commitment to the diversity and inclusion goals of the university
  • Computer literacy and strong skills with computer applications such as MS Office and Zoom
  • Willingness and capability to learn various database and student information programs to manage applicant and student files

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: Nashville 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 job posting at https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobdetail.ftl?job=220000017K.

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.

 

 Advancement and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Full-Time | Market Range 10

UTK College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work (CSW) invites applications and nominations for the position of Advancement and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement, the coordinator is responsible for expanding outreach to the College’s 8500 alumni and increasing annual giving by securing gifts at the leadership level of $1000 or more

 

The Position

The Advancement and Alumni Relations Coordinator will cultivate and solicit alumni, friends, and other donors for gifts to the CSW College Fund, CSW Programs, scholarship funds, and other initiatives through personal visits, events, board activities, phone calls, email, social media and other means of communication.

The coordinator will Identify alumni, donors, and friends who qualify as major gift prospects and work with the Senior Director to secure major gifts. The coordinator will work with UT Foundation research staff to identify new prospects and develop strategy for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

The coordinator will steward donors to the CSW by email, phone, mail or other means of communication and serve as the liaison between the CSW and the University of Tennessee Foundation (UTFI) annual giving staff to ensure timely and accurate messaging.

The coordinator will also participate in planning and execution of all CSW events and activities to include Board of Visitors meetings, Executive Committee meetings, Alumni Council Meetings, alumni events, annual conference, tailgates, and skybox staffing.

The coordinator will communicate with College advancement staff and UTFI annual giving staff in the execution of the above responsibilities and attend monthly meetings with UTFI staff to receive updates and messaging related to campaigns, activities and programs.

The University, College, and the region

UTK is the state’s flagship, land-grant university, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the best places to work in the country. We are a Research 1 university, housing 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study. The College of Social Work, one of the top 30 social work programs among all public universities in the country, prepares more students to be social workers than any other program in the state. It is nationally recognized for its strong online education programs and vibrant campuses in Knoxville and Nashville. 

The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a statistical area population of over 850,000 people. The Knoxville region houses many leading corporations, including Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains and a day’s drive to Memphis, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate is an energetic self-starter with the ability to motivate and coordinate staff, volunteers and students. Other skills and abilities include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to engage with a variety of constituents (alumni, potential donors, community partners) in business and social settings
  • Active listener
  • Great problem-solving skills and ability to think analytically
  • Team player who collaborates easily with internal and external partners

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree

Two years of experience in a related position in advancement, alumni affairs, sales or marketing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the social services, healthcare, or education sectors
  • Knowledge of social work practice

Application Process

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualification, 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.

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.

 

Administrative Specialist I

Full-Time | Market Range 04

Job Summary/Essential Job Functions

The University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work is accepting applications for an Administrative Specialist I. This position supports the DSW Program Director, program faculty, students, and the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion.  This position coordinates and performs complex daily activities and operations between the program director, students, faculty, and the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion.

The following job functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the program director including preparing correspondence, answering phones, review and preparing documents, organizing and maintain files, and other administrative duties.
  • Coordination of large-scale DSW and Equity and Inclusion events including event planning and implementation and support to the program director and Associate Dean.
  • Provide direct student support by staying informed of program requirements, disseminating information and processing graduation forms.
  • Provide processing support to the program director and Associate Dean in regards to program budgets.
  • Initiate travel authorizations and reimbursements to ensure forms are routed and approved in accordance with university and departmental policies.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  

EDUCATION: Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent in education and experience combined or a minimum of nine years in experience without a degree.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 2-3 years recent experience in a professional office environment.

Prefer experience with IRIS, Concur, Slate and Banner

Prefer experience interacting with senior-level personnel in a business or academic environment. 

Experience with data analysis and report compilation.

Familiarity with The University of Tennessee, its policies and procedures is desired.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday

Application Process:

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. 

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional references.

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

 

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.


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.

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