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Lecturer (Non-Tenure-Track) - Department of Social Work

University of Vermont
Winooski, VT
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Dec 1, 2023

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The College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont seeks applicants for two full-time, nine-month, lecturers in the Department of Social Work, beginning in Spring or Fall 2024. We are seeking applicants who wish to join a department with a distinctive progressive orientation emphasizing critical perspectives and possibilities for transformative change. We seek candidates who can support our goal to address the dilemmas and inequities facing our communities, including issues of diversity and racial and social justice; and who will engage with practical applications of transformative perspectives in these challenging times.
Candidates should have the ability to teach and develop curriculum in an expanding Social Work department with an underpinning philosophy of transformative perspectives. The position will involve teaching in core areas of the social work curriculum (e.g., human behavior and the social environment, generalist social work practice in organizations and communities, and/or social policy) and departmental service. Expertise in any of the above areas is preferred.
The UniversityEstablished in 1791, the University of Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most often found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. UVM's tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
The CollegeThe Department of Social Work is situated within the College of Education and Social Services. The College's mission is to "educate and prepare outstanding professionals in social work, education, and human services; engage in scholarship of high quality; and provide exemplary professional service to Vermont, the nation, and the world. We do this to contribute to a more humane and just society, free from oppression, that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities."
The DepartmentThe Department of Social Work's accredited BSW and MSW programs prepare social work professionals for direct practice, policy, and administrative positions in diverse contexts. Our curricula emphasize a critical, reflective orientation that positions social workers as collaborative agents of change. Our distinctiveness is particularly reflected in our nationally recognized MSW program that features a specialized practice curriculum in social constructionist-informed transformative social work. Department members strive to create a working environment which embeds a transformative approach into relationships with colleagues, students, and members of the professional community.
The CommunityUVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic, and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.
Responsibilities: Successful candidates will assume a range of responsibilities that may include: · Teaching in the core areas of the Social Work curriculum: social policy; human behavior and the social environment; and/or generalist social work practice (including organizational and community practice);· Advising BSW and MSW students;· Liaising with field educators and students in field education settings; and· Engaging in service to the department, college or university.
Qualifications:· Earned MSW degree;· Two years post-MSW practice experience;· Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice and experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations;· Knowledge of/interest in transformative perspectives; and· Strong collegial, communication, and collaborative teamwork skills.· Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record and an ability to teach in any of the core areas as listed above.
Application Process: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.For more detailed information about us, visit our web pages at the Department of Social Work the College of Education and Social Services' website,; and the University of Vermont's website,
The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice and Responsibility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground .
Anticipated starting date is January or August 2024 . Please apply online at Include 1) a cover letter with a brief description of your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a current curriculum vitae 3) a separate statement on how you will contribute to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence at the University of Vermont; 4) a teaching philosophy statement; and 5) the names and email addresses of three references that can be contacted for letters of support before a candidate is advanced in the search process. For more information about the position, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Janis Fook by email at
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.
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