Assistant or Associate Professor of Social Work

OPENING DATE:  December 2016

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: August 15 - May 15

START DATE:  August 15, 2017

George Fox University’s School of Social Work invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor for the BSW program. This position is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position beginning August 2017. The BSW program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1997 and has approximately 100 majors. The School of Social Work also has a MSW program, which is in candidacy. The undergraduate major is growing, and it is ideally situated in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley in Newberg, rated among the top five "safest cities in Oregon" by SafeWise. It is just 23 miles south of Portland, Oregon’s largest city and cultural center.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God’s design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Faculty will teach and engage in ongoing social work scholarship and service to the profession and community consistent with University expectations for tenure-track faculty.  This position works in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate social work faculty and the directors of field education and the social work program. Faculty are expected to:

  • Participate in designing, refining, and developing BSW curriculum;
  • Work to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff in the School of Social Work to accomplish the program’s mission, goals, and objectives.


  • An MSW from a CSWE-accredited school (required) and an earned doctorate in social work or a related field are preferred;
  • Two or more years of post-MSW social work practice experience;
  • Experience in social work education and field supervision in a CSWE-accredited program;
  • Two years full time teaching in a university setting preferred;
  • Teaching experience in the core courses for social work at the BSW level;
  • Eligibility for clinical social work licensure preferred;
  • Physical ability to travel the area to supervise field practicum placements.
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Preferred credentials include experience in clinical social work practice and experience teaching generalist practice courses.  We are interested in applicants with diverse areas of practice that may include but are not limited to any of the following: substance abuse, holistic mental health, child welfare, advanced generalist practice, or macro practice.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.  Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures

Candidates should send a letter of interest, complete faculty APPLICATION (including an integration of faith and learning essay), a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for four (4) professional references whom the committee may contact, two syllabi, and teaching evaluations for the last three years Dr. Jim Foster, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian Street, #6127, Newberg, OR 97132 or via email to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

Review of applications will begin immediately and close when the position is filled.  For more information about GFU, consult our web site,  The University’s BSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.