Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Social Work

Application Deadline
November 15, 2021

Position Details
The TCU Department of Social Work invites applications for the position of Social Work Assistant Professor (9-month, tenure track appointment) starting Fall 2022. The successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda, teach three classes in the fall and spring semesters, and engage in department, college, community, and professional service. Questions about the position? Ask Tee Tyler, search committee chair: t.tyler@tcu.edu.

We seek applicants who will support our social justice advocacy work at the micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice. The TCU Department of Social Work employs a curricular paradigm emphasizing social change, applying a critical social justice framework to education, and engaging in trauma-informed care. We seek candidates inspired to support social work students as they cultivate knowledge and skills in these areas.

TCU Academic Affairs prioritizes recruiting, retaining, and advancing diverse faculty and leadership through inclusive excellence search practices, professional development, research grants, post-doctoral fellows and other initiatives. With an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion, we encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. TCU offers professional development funds, mentorship opportunities and research start-up packages.

Applicant Qualifications

• A PhD in social work or related discipline by 8-20-2022. (DSW degree with a strong research emphasis will also be considered)
• Two years of post-MSW practice experience
• Current LMSW or LCSW or eligible to obtain an LMSW or LCSW in Texas within a year of hiring
• University teaching experience (undergraduate and/or graduate course teaching experience)

Department Details
The TCU Department of Social Work serves students in both our BSW and MSW programs. The Department also participates in Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ interdisciplinary PhD program in health sciences. Students in our programs are trained through the Departmental curricular paradigm to be leaders in the use of critical lens, social change, and trauma informed practice. TCU is located in a metroplex of over 7.5 million people, and the Department of Social Work partners with several community-based agencies and organizations through research and its robust field program. Students receive mentorship opportunities with internationally recognized faculty who conduct research in scholarly areas such as workplace inequality, intellectual and developmental disabilities, gender-based violence prevention, LGBTQ child-parent relationships, and human trafficking. More information about the department can be found at: https://harriscollege.tcu.edu/social-work/. For a recent faculty explanation of the "C" in Texas Christian University, we invite you to read an essay by Drs. Darren J. N. Middleton and Elizabeth H. Flowers: https://tcuadmission.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/the-c-in-tcu/

School/College Description
The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences consists of programs that prepare future health care and human services professionals. The academic units within Harris College – Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing and Social Work – are home to more than 1,600 students who are supported by committed and talented faculty and staff. Harris College supports the mission, vision, and values of TCU; we prepare global citizens to think and practice as ethical leaders in health care and educational settings.
Harris College offers 17 degree pathways in our health-related disciplines. Students benefit from learning experiences in campus laboratories and hospitals, clinics, schools, fitness facilities, and community service agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. On campus, the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides services for more than 300 families each year and serves as a professional practice site for students majoring in speech pathology and habilitation of the deaf. TCU Nursing and the School of Nurse Anesthesia provide innovative learning experiences in their state-of-the-art simulation centers.
The faculty and students in Harris College actively engage in research for the purpose of improving health and well-being. Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to form mentoring relationships with internationally recognized faculty as they conduct studies in such areas as pharmacogenetics, carbohydrate metabolism, exercise physiology, health disparities, heart disease, aging, Parkinson’s disease, caregiving, language development in children with hearing loss, and forgiveness among others. Our graduates are competent, compassionate and in demand in the workforce.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
Application reviews begin November 1, 2021, until the position is filled. To apply, submit your contact information, application letter, curriculum vita, research agenda, and teaching statement. The research agenda and teaching statement should include a clearly identified section that speaks to how diversity, equity, and inclusion have been part of your research and teaching respectively. Finalists for this position will be asked to send three confidential letters of recommendation via direct email message from the recommender to: hremployment@tcu.edu.

The search committee will conduct initial interviews via zoom. Selected candidates will be notified via email if invited to participate in an initial interview. We understand that not everyone can travel to the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting (CSWE APM), so we will not host in-person interviews during the November CSWE APM event.

AA/EEO Statement
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