Assistant Professor Social Work Programs

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications to fill a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor position starting in the fall of 2022. The position is primarily in the social work department.

Responsibilities include teaching a variety of undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) social work courses such as field seminars, social work practice, social welfare policy, social work research, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and introduction to social work. Other responsibilities include student advising and serving on department, college, and university-wide committees. The successful candidate will have a doctorate degree in social work or a related fields, an MSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, active scholarship, and service. Candidates expected to teach practice courses should also have at least two years post-MSW practice experience. Successful candidates should address, in the application, their abilities to work within a culturally diverse environment and to prepare students to work effectively in a world of increasing diversity. We seek candidates committed to social work education, teaching, online education, as well as research, service, and the mission of the university.

Both the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University. The BSW is a generalist program with six curriculum areas including, field practice, human behavior in the social environment, policy, research, and electives. The MSW program has two concentrations: Practice with Children, Youth and Families, and Leadership and Change. A school social work specialization option is our most recent addition to these concentrations. We are seeking candidates who can teach across the two programs (BSW and MSW), maintain an active research agenda, and provide service to the Social Work Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Northeastern Illinois University, and the professional community.


Candidates should address the following qualifications in their application:

  1. recent experiences working with Latinx, African American, and other underserved or minoritized students in the classroom;
  2. willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support minoritized students;
  3. experience and skills with addressing issues of equity in the classroom;
  4. experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching, particularly as it relates to the relevance of students' lives, interests, and communities; and
  5. demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within courses and classrooms.


  • letter of application
  • transcript
  • curriculum vitae (with current e-mail address)
  • statement of teaching philosophy and research plan
  • samples of publications or other examples of scholarly writing
  • three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness)

Send to:

Dr. Job Ngwe
Chair and Professor, Social Work
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625- 4699

Electronic submissions should be sent to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.


Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University enrolls about 7,000 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and Management and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has two additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Northeastern Illinois University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County (UCLC) consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.