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

Position Responsibilities

The successful candidate will direct a Master of Social Work (MSW) program that is 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 Leadership and Change and also just launched 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. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a 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; and a 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.   

Departmental Preferences

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.  

(This position requires a background check)

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. The university is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. It has additional locations in the metropolitan area, including the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, Center for College Access and Success, and the University Center of Lake County.


Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

To Apply

Applicants are expected to respond based upon the entire job description. You must submit the following online forms (see links below) and send the remaining documents as one PDF file to NEIU Search Committee:

Job Ngwe, Social Work Chair and Professor
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Email: j-ngwe@neiu.edu

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  • Transcripts
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with current email address
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Plan
  • Samples of Publications or other examples of scholarly writing
  • Three (3) letters of professional references (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness)
  • Employment Application
  • Statement of Annuitant Status
  • Affirmative Action Form.

Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for final interviews.

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.