Tenure-Track Micro/Direct Practice Asssistant Professor-Faculty of Social Work

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Location: Kitchener, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Social Work 

Department: N/A 

Campus: Kitchener 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 2905 

Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work


Tenure-Track Micro/Direct Practice Assistant Professor


The Faculty of Social Work (FSW) at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Kitchener site invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level commencing July 1, 2022. This position is located on the Kitchener campus in the graduate program serving the MSW and PhD programs. The teaching load for this position is four courses during the academic year (fall, winter, and spring semesters). There are also opportunities to teach within the doctoral and MSW Online programs.


The FSW is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We are working toward a stronger emphasis on decolonizing social work practice and education, and expect the candidate will be able to contribute to this journey.


The FSW offers professional social work programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels and a research-focused doctoral program. We are devoted to excellence in research, creative and critical thinking, and reflexive practice. The Indigenous Field of Study in the MSW program embraces Indigenous-based learning. We fulfill our mission by advancing multi-disciplinary and marginalized forms of knowledge. Our graduates are committed to constructively engaging and working toward transforming oppressive conditions and structures, and promoting well-being in individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


We are eager to welcome a colleague who is interested in contributing to critical approaches to social work research, teaching, and practice – reflecting the FSW’s emphasis on integrative practices and social justice. Integrative practices include an understanding of the intersections of micro/macro processes and practices

Specifically, for this position, we are seeking a colleague who will contribute to teaching micro-level practice courses (for example, practice with individuals, families, and groups, reflexive practices, and ethics). We are interested in applicants who have teaching and research expertise in contemporary critical approaches to practice – for example, relational accountability with Indigenous people, queer theory, anti-Black racism, whiteness, mad studies/Sanism and/or critical disability studies, as applied micro practice. We welcome a scholar who is eager to supervise and/or mentor MSW and PhD students engaged in research.




The successful applicant will (1) hold a PhD, or ABD with a clear path to completion, 2) hold at least one degree in social work or near completion, (3) have a minimum of five years micro-level practice experience working with marginalized communities, and (4) have teaching experience in social work with demonstrated record of excellence; and (5) have a program of research as evidenced by a record of publication and funding appropriate for the rank.


To Apply


Applicants should send (1) a letter of application highlighting accomplishments and strengths in relation to the position description and requirements, as well as a list of micro-level MSW courses the applicant could teach; (2) their curriculum vitae; (3) details (name, position title, organization) and contact information (telephone and email address) for three referees; (4) teaching dossier consisting of a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi of micro- level practice courses, and any other evidence of teaching excellence; 6) two sample publications; and 7) a one page statement outlining current and future research program, with attention to how your research reflects principles of social justice.


Applications should be received by 5:00 pm (EST), January 7, 2022.


More information


Details about the FSW: https://wlu.ca/academics/faculties/faculty-of-social-work/index.html


BSW Program: https://students.wlu.ca/programs/social-work/bsw/index.html


MSW Program: https://students.wlu.ca/programs/social-work/msw/index.html


PhD Program: https://students.wlu.ca/programs/social-work/phd/index.html

IFS Program: https://students.wlu.ca/programs/social-work/msw/indigenous-field-of-study/index.html


Centre for Indigegogy: https://www.wlu.ca/academics/faculties/faculty-of-social-work/centre-for-indigegogy/index.html


Additional information about MSW courses: https://students.wlu.ca/programs/social-work/msw/course-offerings.html.


Please Note


To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Alicia Schiassi, Senior Administrative Assistant, FSWDeansOffice@wlu.ca

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at indigenous@wlu.ca . Candidates from other equity-deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to:  Dr. Kathy Hogarth, Dean, FSW (khogarth@wlu.ca). Further information on the equity policy can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.4-employment-equity.html .

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines.

The FSW wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.



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