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Title:  Associate or Full Professor of Social Work

Requisition ID:  15646

Hammond and Westville, IN, US

Date:  Sep 30, 2021

Job Summary

Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Behavioral Sciences invites applications for an appointment at the rank of professor or associate professor of social work in the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. The position is to begin in August 2022. Rank and tenure are dependent upon experience and qualifications. Candidates must be able to: 1) perform high quality teaching, scholarship and service; 2) demonstrate commitment to promoting diversity and social justice in their roles as faculty member; and 3) collaborate with other department programs on curriculum, instruction, and other matters. Areas of specialization are open. Successful candidates will be able to teach introductory and other foundational social work courses and will have the experience to serve as program director per CSWE guidelines.


Guided by a liberal arts-based education and cohesive curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at Purdue University Northwest operates within the land-grant tradition of democracy, inclusiveness, and accessibility. All members of the Social Work program and those served are valued and respected as we celebrate diversity in background, culture and frame of reference. With 100+ community partnerships, social work faculty and students are actively involved in making a real difference to promote social justice in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland Area.

Position Requirements

  • Earned PhD in Social Work or a closely related discipline
  • MSW from a CSWE-accredited program
  • A minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience
  • Professional accomplishments consistent with the rank of associate or full professor with tenure
  • Program development, CSWE accreditation, and leadership experience

University Profile

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. PNW serves approximately 9,300 students across two campuses, offering more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW values academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity.

College Profile

The College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences serves over 1,500 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students across a wide range of programs. Departments and Schools within the college include:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Communication and Creative Arts
  • English and World Languages
  • History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Psychology
  • School of Education & Counseling


The College houses the Community Counseling Center that provides quality affordable mental health services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research, which uses social science and policy analysis methods to find solutions to educational, social, and health‐related challenges facing the citizens of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan region.  The college is also home to the Willie T. Donald Exoneration Advisory Coalition to support those who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Indiana.

Department of Behavioral Sciences Profile

Behavioral Sciences is a vibrant department with several programs and opportunities for collaboration. In addition to Social Work, we offer undergraduate majors in Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Human Development and Family Studies, and Sociology and a graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy. The department also houses the Couple and Family Therapy Center, which is located in the PNW Indianapolis Boulevard Counseling Center. Our students are primarily first-generation college students. In support of the University’s Strategic Plan, the Department is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff who foster diverse learning environments for students.

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How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and other required information by clicking "Apply" at either the top right or bottom right of the screen. Also, have three letters of recommendation sent to Pamela Koltes at Pamela.Koltes@pnw.edu. In the cover letter, please describe: 1) your program development and leadership experience 2) your teaching philosophy, including your commitment to diversity and social justice, and give examples of teaching experiences designed to foster them; and 3) your two years’ post-MSW practice experience. Screening of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by October 22, 2021 to receive full consideration. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Anne B. Edwards, Search Committee Chair, at abedward@pnw.edu.


Purdue University Northwest is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interest, or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


A background check will be required for employment in this position.


Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago

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