Director of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the Director of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The MSW program is one of the fastest growing graduate programs at NEIU. This is a full-time, Administrative and Professional (A&P) position in the Master of Social Work Program. The position will start July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will direct the Master of Social Work (MSW) program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University. The MSW program has two concentrations: Practice with Children, Youth and Families and; and Leadership and Change. We also offer a School Social Work specialization option for both concentrations. We are seeking collaborative, forward-thinking candidates with experience in university administration, social work practice, and an active research agenda. Responsibilities will include leading the development and implementation of an MSW curriculum, teaching in the program, maintaining an active research agenda, and providing service to the Social Work Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Northeastern Illinois University, and the professional community.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have

  • Doctorate degree in social work or a related field
  • Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • At least three years of experience teaching social work
  • At least two years of administrative experience in higher education
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, active scholarship, and service

Candidates who expect to teach practice courses should also have at least two years of post-MSW practice experience. Candidates should address their abilities to work within a culturally diverse environment and to prepare students to work effectively in a world of increasing diversity in their application.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should address the following qualifications in their application:

  1. recent experience working with Latinx, African American, and other underserved or minoritized students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  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 skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom; experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching, particularly as it relates to the relevance of students' lives, interests, and communities;
  4. demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within courses and classrooms; and
  5. demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices.


  • letter of application
  • transcripts
  • curriculum vitae (with current e-mail address)
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • 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 also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County 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.