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Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Work

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Work.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division Social Work
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Salary Range 58,000.00 - 58,000.00
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted to Please feel free to contact Dr. Bret Blackmon ( to inquire about the position. Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, a teaching philosophy, official transcripts, and LMSW or LCSW license. Please limit the teaching philosophy to two pages in length. Official transcripts and proof of licensure must be submitted with application materials.
The program is committed to increasing diversity; we encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation AA/EEO/ADAI.

Job Summary
The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks qualified applicants for two Assistant Teaching Professor positions. This 9-month, tenure-track teaching position begins August 2023. Assistant teaching professors teach across the MSW and BSW curricula and carry a 4/4 teaching load. Beyond teaching, this position requires participation in school, university, professional, and community service. Both positions are designated for the main campus in Hattiesburg, MS. The School of Social Work at Southern Miss is deeply committed to the values of social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. We are inspired by a vision of social justice and advocacy for the health and well-being of all people. Our graduates engage clients who primarily reside in the increasingly diverse Gulf South to produce dynamic solutions for personal, interpersonal and system problems – especially those unique to the poor, oppressed and underserved. The School offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW), both of which require field internships and licensure exams in order to practice. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits both degree programs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Teach courses in the BSW and MSW programs.
  2. Engage in service to the school, university, community, and field of social work.
  3. Mentor and advise students in their academic, research, and service interests.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
A doctorate from an accredited college or university in social work or a closely related field. Doctoral candidates may be considered.
An MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program.
Licensure at the LMSW level.
At least two years of post-MSW practice experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of the Social Work Code of Ethics.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills.
  • Compassion and empathy while working with diverse populations.
  • Adaptability and persistence while working with University students.
  • Sensitivity, respect, and discreteness when dealing with confidential matters.  
  • Maintain currency on relevant research, professional certifications, and continuing education.

Preferred Qualifications  
Licensure at the LCSW level.
Prior experience teaching social work courses in a university setting.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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