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Assistant Professors

The School of Social Work at the University of Victoria acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The University of Victoria School of Social Work, within the Faculty of Human and Social Development, invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2023, or as negotiated.

We are recruiting TWO positions, one Preferential hire, and one Limited hire:

Preferential hire: For one of the positions, in accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following groups: Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration, must self-identify.

Limited hire: For the other position, in accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to members of the following designated group: Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this group must self-identify.

Both successful candidates will be expected to teach in the graduate and undergraduate programs (both online and on-campus delivery modalities), supervise graduate students, conduct research and participate in the administrative structure of the school. For both positions we seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to decolonization in their teaching, research and community activism. Areas of research and teaching that are of particular interest to the School, but are not limited to the following, include transnationalism, critical disability studies, poverty, queer theory, environmental justice, Mad studies, health and racial equity and Indigenous pedagogy. Applicants are asked to clearly indicate their area of scholarship and its contribution to social work education.

Requirements

The School welcomes applications from qualified candidates who:

  • hold a PhD with at least one Social Work degree;
  • have 5 or more years of social work practice experience post BSW or MSW degree; or have 3 years of social work practice post BSW or MSW degree with relevant lived experience;
  • demonstrate knowledge and experience of decolonial equity and intersectionality in practice, pedagogy and epistemology;
  • have experience and knowledge of teaching undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • bring an emerging program of research and scholarship commensurate with the Assistant Professor level;
  • can articulate how their pedagogical approach supports the School’s vision and mission;
  • have experience with face-to-face and online/distance education
  • are committed to work collaboratively and transparently within the School to meet overall School objectives.

Additional information

The School of Social Work offers an undergraduate (BSW) program and graduate programs (MSWF (Foundation), MSWA (Advanced), and MSWI (Indigenous), all of which emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals. All our programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The School, including students, staff, sessional instructors and faculty members, is committed to decolonizing, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive work in our leadership and pedagogies, in our research and education. Our goals are to establish learning opportunities in a supportive on-campus and online environment that promote equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity. As a School, we apply a decolonial equity framework that includes an intersectional lens in all that we do academically and administratively.

UVIC is home to the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN). UVIC is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek faculty members who work respectfully across differences and who can navigate multiple levels of power.

The University of Victoria acknowledges the role that educational institutions, including post-secondary institutions, have played in the perpetuation of colonial systems, both historically and in contemporary times. The University is committed to decolonizing the campus community, both inside and outside the classroom. https://www.uvic.ca/assets2012/docs/indigenous-plan.pdf  In addition, the University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. The University’s longstanding commitment and work in research, campus operations and partnerships to protect the environment and improve conditions for the planet and people are recognized by a global assessment of universities. UVic was ranked second in the world among 1,400 universities for climate action, one of 17 areas identified by the United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that require urgent action. UVic is 12th overall in the world for its impact across all 17 SDGs.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Contact information

To apply, submit electronic copies of the following:

  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a covering letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with:
    • a statement on teaching philosophy and teaching interests with specific reference to how your practice experience informs your pedagogy; and
    • how you have implemented social justice in your practice
  • 2-3 samples of teaching materials you have produced, e.g. podcasts, handouts, etc.
  • 1-2 course syllabi you have designed
  • evaluations of teaching from the latest courses taught
  • appropriate evidence of research (2-5 research publications and/or work in progress)

Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit three references in support of this application.

Send all materials as email attachments to swdirect@uvic.ca, using the subject line: 

SOCW-Assistant Professor-2023 Application – Preferential
or
SOCW-Assistant Professor-2023 Application – Limited

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

To be considered, all materials must be received no later than February 17, 2023

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity and in particular we are seeking for this Preferential Hire search candidates who are members of the following groups: Indigenous peoples, and members of visible minorities, and, for this Limited Hire search candidates who are Indigenous peoples.

Read our full equity statement here:  www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.