Social Work (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

September 1, 2021

The School of Social Work (UBC-Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2022. Applicants are normally required to have a degree in Social Work and a PhD in either Social Work or related disciplines, and have at least three years social work practice experience.

Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to our School’s vision of social justice and ethics of care, and clear contributions to equity and diversity. We invite candidates with scholarly and practice expertise in one or more of the following areas: critical clinical practice; topics relevant to Canadian Indigenous communities including decolonization and Reconciliation; and anti-racist/ intersectional practice. Other more specific areas of specialization that will add breadth to our faculty complement include community and international development, mental health, disability, environmental justice and issues broadly related to inequality and oppression across all of its realms. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activities; a record of publications and contributions within the field; ability and interest in high quality, innovative teaching; and a record of, or capacity to establish, effective relationships with the community. Experience in program coordination and international connections are assets.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching and student supervision at the graduate (MSW, PhD) and undergraduate (BSW) levels.

The School of Social Work at UBC-Vancouver is a member of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). Both the BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Board of Accreditation of CASWE. For further information, visit: UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at:

Applications are to be submitted online by December 1, 2021 through the School of Social Work at: Applicants should upload the following documents in the order listed: 1) a letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching philosophy; 5) a one-page statement identifying your contribution, or potential contribution, to diversity and your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; 6) a sample publication; and 7) evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as sample syllabi, student evaluations of teaching, etc. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three signed, confidential letters of reference sent to by the same deadline. Review of applications will begin soon after December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries may be directed to: Dr. Donna Baines, Director, School of Social Work, The University of British Columbia, 2080 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2. Email:

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.