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Erikson Institute
Illinois Medical District, IL
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Dec 4, 2021

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Erikson Institute, one of the nation's leading independent graduate schools in child development, provides a unique context for a developmentally informed Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The MSW program has two open positions available for full-time faculty, open track (Tenure or Clinical) and open rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor).

The MSW Program

Founded in 1966 with a strong commitment to social justice, Erikson Institute seeks to improve the lives of young children, youth, and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through community programs and policy research. The Institute is well positioned within the heart of Chicago, which continues to be a global city with remarkable cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity.

The social work curriculum is grounded in a developmental perspective, emphasizing core knowledge in the ecologies of development, social justice, and cultural diversity. Teaching is a critical component for delivering this knowledge and is highly regarded amongst the students and faculty. Furthermore, the MSW program is one of the few social work programs which dedicates time weekly to 2.5-hour field seminars. These seminars emphasize self-knowledge, critical thinking, and reflective practice to engage in effective relationships with children, families, communities, and systems. Erikson Institute is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as well as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Position Description

Both positions are full-time, 10-month appointments starting August 2022. Teaching assignments and related responsibilities may include day, evening, as well as asynchronous and synchronous online courses. All tenured faculty are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, a research and publication agenda, and other professional activities designed to enrich student learning and service to the community and profession. Participation in curriculum development, student advisement, and service to the MSW program and Institute is required.


We are looking for dynamic, authentic, passionate persons with a strong desire to use their scholarship to advance Erikson's mission and values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This commitment is the responsibility of every faculty member and is essential for success in this role.

Minimum Education- A doctorate in social work or a related field is required as well as a master's degree in Social Work (MSW or equivalent) from a CSWE-accredited institution with at least two years practice experience post-MSW (5 or more years of practice experience preferred). At least one year of teaching experience is also preferred.

Preferred Qualifications- Ideal candidates will teach and engage in scholarship from an anti-racist/anti-oppressive perspective and possess a holistic view of social work practice (micro- macro level). The ideal candidate for the first position will have expertise in infant and early childhood mental health (emphasis on 0-5 years) and the ideal candidate for the second position will have expertise in an area of clinical practice related to children, adolescents, families, and/or communities. Our program has a developmental, reflective, and relationship-based approach at the cornerstone of its curriculum, and we are looking for candidates that will support and expand this perspective. They will demonstrate strong teaching skills through positive course evaluations. Ideal candidates for tenure-track or tenured positions will have a proven track record of obtaining research funding and be productive in disseminating scholarly work through publications and presentations. Experience with online teaching and project-based learning is also preferred.

Applications are being accepted immediately. The search will continue until the positions are filled. Application materials should include a) cover letter which explains professional education, experience, and qualifications for the position; b) a full curriculum vitae; and c) names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references who may be contacted. All applications must be submitted as 1 PDF file to Dr. Cassandra McKay-Jackson, co-chair of the faculty search committee, at

About Erikson

Erikson Institute's graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, advocacy, and policy and leadership.

Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).

To learn more, please visit our web site at
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Associate Professor, Location: Chicago, IL - 60654
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