The Child & Family Studies (CFS) program in the School of Social Work at Portland State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor with an expressed interest in and commitment to lower-division undergraduate general education. This joint position between the Child & Family Studies program and University Studies is a 1.0 FTE tenure-track position with CFS as the tenure-granting department. University Studies is PSU’s four-year interdisciplinary general education program. Consult www.pdx.edu/unst for more information before applying. This position is a nine-month, full-time appointment scheduled to begin September 16, 2017.
The successful candidate will have a solid background in interdisciplinary undergraduate education, with a focus on children, youth, families, and their communities and a demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice. Candidates should demonstrate strong research and scholarship potential, as well as an established record of strong teaching at the undergraduate level. We primarily seek applicants who have expertise in critical theory or epistemologies, experiential or emancipatory pedagogies, writing instruction, aging in families, and related aspects of the Child & Family Studies curriculum (including courses in family of origin and bias recognition, social justice and anti-oppression work, family theory, stress and coping, family law and policy, and related courses). CFLE credentialing is desired. Ideal candidates will also provide evidence of their experience working effectively around issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion, with demonstrated capacity to meet the needs of underrepresented students and other marginalized groups.
Responsibilities involve teaching (including UNST year-long interdisciplinary Freshman Inquiry three-course sequence, one section of the Families & Society Sophomore Inquiry, and additional upper-division CFS courses); research and scholarly activities; school, university and community service; committee work; undergraduate advising; and doctoral student mentoring. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
Applicants must: hold a doctorate (PhD/EdD) in Education, Family Studies, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Social Work, or a related field; demonstrate record of interdisciplinary instruction at the undergrad level; pursue a scholarly and research agenda leading to peer-reviewed publications and submission of funding proposals; and be willing to teach interdisciplinary undergraduate family studies and general education courses. ABD candidates who meet the position qualifications may be considered; these candidates must include in their application materials a letter from their chair with a scheduled date of defense, PhD must be officially awarded on or before September 15, 2017
Additional Salary Information: The starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Portland State University offers an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.
The School of Social Work at Portland State University is committed to the enhancement of the individual and society. We are dedicated to social change and to the attainment of social justice for all people, the eradication of poverty, the empowerment of those who are oppressed, the rights of all individuals and groups to determine their destiny, and the opportunity to live in cooperation. The Sch...ool offers degree programs in Child and Family Studies, Bachelor in Social Work, Master of Social Work (campus, distance, and online options), and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work and Social Research. The BSW and MSW degree programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. There are approximately 35 full-time and 50 part-time faculty who provide instruction for our campus, distance, and online options. Our undergraduate enrollment is approximately 350 and graduate enrollment is over 500 students.
PSU is also home to significant research, training, and public service programming. Faculty, students, and researchers in the School of Social Work conduct over $12 million annually of applied social science research and training, representing over 20 percent of PSU’s externally funded research. The School of Social Work hosts a broad range of research activities, from large-scale grant-supported projects to smaller faculty-directed and student-directed studies. The faculty’s research initiatives have attracted support from some of the nation’s most respected funders, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the W. T. Grant Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Most grant-supported projects are managed within one of the affiliated research units:
- Regional Research Institute for Human Services
- Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services
- Research & Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures
- Reclaiming Futures
- The Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research
In addition, faculty and students conduct their own studies or collaborate with other professionals and organizations within and beyond Portland State University. The university and the school share a goal to raise the research profile of the faculty, continuing to contribute basic and applied research for understanding issues in the city, state, region and nationally.
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