Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, is seeking to hire a Social Work Faculty. This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment faculty position within the Social Work Department and is expected to start August 16, 2021.
Our vision is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.
Metropolitan State University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future. Metropolitan State University is a three-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2019. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, AANAPISI), its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell grants. Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metropolitan State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #35 out of 1458 in 2019). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service designed to support an urban mission.
The University recently completed a strategic plan (FY 20 – FY 24) with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.” College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, within which the Department of Social Work is situated, is committed to providing students with high quality education through building strong partnerships with communities in Minneapolis-St Paul. Our program is the only Bachelor in Social Work program (BSW) in the Midwest which main focus is to prepare social workers to serve communities of colors and Native American Communities. The program provides a high-quality education with educators that maintain engage with their community and have several years of practice. They bring their practice experience to the classroom to help students understand generalist social work concepts. Helping students to achieve their goal is the program’s dedication, about 85% of our students graduate on time with a BSW degree. This program has develop a strong relationship with several community agencies and in this time of COVID-19 pandemic continues to strength and maintain those relationships.
Metropolitan State University has responded to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by offering nearly all of its courses in a fully online format for the 2020-2021 academic year, limiting any in-person instruction to courses for which in-person learning is essential for students to achieve the learning outcomes. In addition, the majority of employees are working remotely, taking advantage of technological tools to engage students and complete their work. The search for this position will be conducted using web conferencing technology.
The Department: The mission of the Social Work Program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable multi-culturally competent bachelor’s level students to engage in generalist social work practices that will meet the needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities communities.
Demonstrate ability to teach the core social work curriculum in areas such as social welfare history and policy, social research, human behavior in the social environment, generalist social work practice and comparative racial/ethnic analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study.
Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance and engage in service to the university and community.
Demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context and possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
Participate in departments, college, faculty and university committees and initiatives.
Master’s degree in Social Work.
Five years of post-M.S.W., social work practice experience.
Demonstrated experience in applying culturally relevant, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist practice
Experience in supervision of social work practice and/or field instruction.
Expertise and social work practice experience with Black, Indigenous and People of Color
Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with community-based organizations, institutions, and agencies
Significant experience working with communities of color and Indigenous communities.
Deep understanding of the history, cultural distinctiveness, traditions and contributions of communities of color and Indigenous communities.
Social service field instruction experience.
Demonstrated experience in applying culturally relevant, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist pedagogy as applied to service, teaching and/or direct practice
Effective and culturally competent communication skills (written & verbal).
Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally, economically and linguistically diverse student body and workforce.
Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain an active reseach agenda.
Please note: Filling of this position is contingent upon budget.
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About Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University offers over 60 baccalaureate majors, 10 master?s degrees, and 2 doctoral programs. Founded in 1971, the university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is the only state university in the Twin Cities. It is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of those who live and work in the 13 county metropolitan area.With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, we are fully committed to high-quality, affordable education for working adults. Faculty, staff and more than 11,000 full- and part-time students reflect the area?s rich diversity, provide a highly student-centered environment and demonstrate unwavering commitment to civic engagement.