University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 96545

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 11/01/18


Working Title:
Professor of Social Work, Child Welfare
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Ph.D. required in Social Work or a related field by the start of the appointment. M.S.W. and professional social work experience are preferred. An area of specialization in child maltreatment, child protective services, and/or child welfare systems is required.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
An ability to teach in all program levels (i.e., undergraduate, master's, doctoral) is required. Prior teaching experience preferred. Applicants should show evidence of the potential for or demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applicants should show evidence of an ability to achieve excellence in a program of research related to child maltreatment, child protective services, and/or child welfare systems. The School of Social Work is committed to advancing diversity in scholarship, instruction, and engagement at all levels. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter and indicate their experience, current interest or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Appointment at the tenured level requires evidence of excellence in scholarly research, with strong value also placed on teaching and service, and requires review by the Social Sciences Divisional Tenure Committee. Candidates for associate professor must meet criteria for appointment per UW guidelines for appointment and promotion.
Principal duties:
Principal duties include establishing a state-of-the-art research program, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and service to the School of Social Work, the university, and the profession. The successful candidate will work to proactively support the expansion of diversity among all components of the School, and ensure an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement.
  Additional Information
 The School of Social Work is comprised of faculty and staff who work collaboratively to provide a high quality education and professional growth experiences for students. The School has several educational programs, and candidates will be expected to teach courses in social work across these programs. We are committed to providing a strong generalist orientation for BSW and first-year MSW students. We provide an advanced generalist focus with the second year MSW students to further advance their knowledge, skills, and professional integrity in generalist practice and allow for several areas of focus. We are committed to a very high-quality PhD program in social welfare and also to an undergraduate major in social welfare (a BA, different from our BSW). The School values the many strengths that diversity brings to our profession, and is committed to contributing to the diversification of the social work profession. As part of that, the School aims to foster a climate of inclusion for all faculty, students, and staff; it is expected that instructors will have the ability and motivation to teach and mentor diverse students.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and we encourage women, individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

  Employee Class:
Department(s):L&S/SOCIAL WORK
Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ACADEMIC (9 months)
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:AUGUST 19, 2019
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: DECEMBER 02, 2018
Apply for the position at (search PVL 96545). You will be required to upload (1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vita, 3) 3 writing samples (please provide as ONE document), 4) a statement addressing past or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, or service, 5) names and contact information for three references. In addition, letters are requested from three references. These letters can be emailed directy to Dr. Kristen Slack at

Documents that cannot be sent electronically may be mailed to:

Professor Search Commitee c/o David Barger
School of Social Work, Room 314
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1350 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

For full consideration, please submit your application by December 2, 2018. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Please visit our website at for further information about the School of Social Work and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A criminal background check will be required prior to start of employment.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
David Barger
Phone: 608-262-3562
1350 University Ave   
Fax: N/A
314 School Of Social Work Building   
Madison, WI 53706-1510   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.