WSU School of Social Work seeking applicants for full-time faculty and staff positions

The School of Social Work at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan is a leader in community engaged research and practice. We invite applications for three positions that will yield candidates who add to the diverse, collaborative, and supportive environment within the School. We strongly encourage a ‘person in environment framework’ with a particular interest in race equity and attention to vulnerable populations. The ideal candidates will be engaged within the community and be able to capitalize on the School's established and emerging connections to academic units, service agencies, communities and government.

Applications must be made online, via the WSU Hiring System using the appropriate Posting Number (see below).  Please upload a resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter (no more than 2 pages). Cover letters should include information on your clinical background and approaches to teaching and diversity. In addition, please upload the names and full contact information of three references and one writing sample.

Future postings

We are giving you a sneak peek of three upcoming faculty positions being posted later this summer. Stay tuned to the WSU Hiring System for details as available.  

In late summer 2022, we will launch a search for three tenure faculty positions: two at the entry level (Assistant Professor) and one at a more senior level (Associate or Full Professor). Evidence of a beginning research trajectory, potential for external funding and some teaching experience is desirable at the Assistant Professor rank. Appointment at the rank of Associate/Full Professor with tenure requires a strong record of research, external funding, publications, teaching and service. 

Content and research expertise should use a social justice lens and be specific in one or both of the following:

  • Health (health care, health disparities, substance use disorders, intraprofessional practice)
  • Criminal/legal continuum (violence, victims, trauma, behavioral health interface)
  • Child well-being (child welfare, workforce retention, clinical practice with children and families)

Current postings

All current postings will remain open until July 20, 2022 .  Positions will be filled by mid-August.

Assistant Professor of Teaching (Non-Tenure Stream Faculty) 

We are looking for a dynamic teacher who has experience teaching MSW students and preferably holds an advanced degree (i.e. DSW, PhD). We are particularly interested in someone with a minimum of 5 years interpersonal practice experience post MSW. The ability to teach advanced clinical practice and/or foundation year practice is highly desired. As a full-time faculty member, the ideal candidate will have a high commitment to service, curriculum development, and involvement in the ‘life of the school’. To apply, view Posting #046556 

Please contact Rebecca Ballinger ( with additional questions if needed.

Director of Field Education

Field Education is a signature pedagogy in the SSW and as such we need a dynamic individual to manage placements of our BSW and MSW students in over 400 agencies across SE MI. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree (PhD/DSW preferred) with a minimum of seven years of experience as a licensed MSW (within the State of MI). A high level of organization and communication skills a must. Experience as a Faculty Field Liaison and/or Field Instructor is strongly encouraged. To apply, view Posting #046540.

Please contact Diane Kennedy ( with additional questions if needed. 

Coordinator of Interprofessional Education (IPE)

As the SSW moves more purposefully into IPE, we are looking for a licensed MSW who has a minimum of three years practice experience in integrated models of health care delivery who can coordinate and implement new and existing IPE initiatives for the SSW. These initiatives range from acute medical care settings to integrated behavioral health to development of cross-disciplinary curriculum. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communication, and supervision skills. This new position will require an ability to multitask across initiatives and supervise students when needed. To apply, view Posting #046548 

Please contact Dorrian McGhee ( if there are additional questions.

Wayne State University School of Social Work, accredited since 1945, is situated in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural and Historic District. Opportunities to engage in a community-centered research/practice/advocacy abound! The School’s status as part of the premier urban research institution in Michigan is also supported by the activities of our two Centers: 1) Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) and the 2) Center for Social Work Research (CSWR). CBHJ is currently home to multiple state, foundation, and federal grants focused on the intersection between behavioral health and the criminal/legal continuum. The goal is prevention of confinement through diversion and deflection. The CSWR supports faculty research, scholarship, community engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration on projects relevant to social work and social justice. For more information about the School please visit our website.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit (Midtown) where students from all backgrounds are offered rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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