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Assistant Professor of Social Work

Closes: Open Until Filled College of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Human Services and Community Leadership

The Department of Human Services at Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of social work to begin August 2024 or soon after.

A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, as well as a doctorate degree is required, at the time of appointment is preferred, but ABD applications will be considered. We are seeking applicants with a background in social work practice to contribute to our Human Services program and an anticipated Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Social Work program with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. Successful candidates will have experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas: child welfare, family relationships, addictions, aging studies, incarceration, and other areas relevant to the field of human services and social work. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach current departmental offerings and develop courses in social work or their areas of expertise. Candidates must be interested in serving as a program director and be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching, demonstrate potential for research and publication, and service to the discipline/university. A commitment to diversity and experience in promoting inclusive excellence is required. The Department and University encourage applicants of historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, contact information for three references, unofficial graduate transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy to  Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Kathleen O’Rourke (, Co-Chair of the Search Committee, or Dr. Linda Simpson (, Co-Chair of the Search Committee, or the Human Services Department Chair, Dr. Jill Bowers ( In order for your application to be given full consideration, all materials must be received by April 1, 2024.

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

The University & Community: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest-ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest's top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success. Based on National Science Foundation data, EIU continues to prepare more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois.

The University is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.

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