Associate Professor – Social Work

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Job Title
Associate Professor – Social Work

Grace Abbott School of Social Work

Essential Functions
The Grace Abbott School of Social Work (GASSW), a part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), invites applications for an advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor position with an anticipated start date of August 2024. The Assistant/Associate Professor will teach across graduate and undergraduate social work curricula, engage in research and scholarly activities, and provide departmental, university, and professional service, including collaborating with colleagues across campus/es and the community at large. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

The GASSW offers the BSSW and MSW degrees and has strong commitments and investments in research and teaching in several areas including global engagement, children and families, mental health practice, and gerontology. The school offers dual degrees with Public Administration, Public Health, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The University and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Additional Duties

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work contributes to UNO’s goals and values in multiple and significant ways, especially with emphases on social justice and community engagement. The GASSW is a university leader in its use of service-learning pedagogy in its classrooms and its provision of community-engaged service and research. For additional information on our vibrant campus community, please see our Booklet | UNO and Omaha Guide (

Why UNO?
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is fueled by its historical ties to Omaha. As the first municipal university in Omaha, the early founders’ goal was to make higher education accessible and affordable for the city’s residents. In 1968, the campus joined the University of Nebraska system, and today has the unique role of serving as the state’s metropolitan campus. Accessibility remains a top priority in UNO’s mission and vision. Today, the campus is known for its student-centered environment, its community engagement, and its dedication to embracing students from all types of backgrounds.

The campus has built strong partnerships with local business, education, government, arts, and civic organizations in the city. UNO’s commitment to community engagement has landed UNO on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years—the highest federal recognition a school can receive for civic engagement.

This honor is but one of many points of pride for UNO. In 2019, it was ranked in the top ten public institutions in the nation for military friendliness by Military Times magazine for the fifth consecutive year. Nearly 90 percent of UNO’s 15,500 students are from Nebraska, and roughly 60 percent of recent alumni surveyed report graduating with no debt or less than $5,000 in debt. It is simply one of the most competitively priced institutions in the region. UNO, while large enough to provide students with global opportunities, thrives on its personal and close-knit campus culture, where students come first and partnerships with the community grow every day. For more information about how UNO embraces its mission, see Growing With and Within Our Thriving Community.

Required Qualifications
Applicants should have an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution and a doctoral degree in social work, or a closely allied discipline. They should have a record of research and teaching sufficient to merit appointment as an Assistant Professor (within a few years of tenure) or Associate Professor. They should also have a track record of significant community engagement. They should be comfortable working with colleagues across multiple disciplines and campuses. Candidates will be expected to have a strong history of funded research and scholarship in their own substantive area of interest and an interest in continuing to pursue external funding for their research. Also required is evidence of ability to build collegial working relationships with colleagues across multiple disciplines and campuses is important and strong collaboration and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
A scholarly portfolio consistent with expectations for appointment as Associate Professor. A strong track record of obtaining external funding is also preferred. Preferred candidates also have experience developing and teaching distance education courses.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly sits; may stand, walk. See, hear, speak and use of hands.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly works indoors. Noise level is low to moderate.

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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