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The Steve Hicks School of Social Work (SHS) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) seeks exceptional candidates for four faculty positions (tenured or tenure-track, open rank).

Preferred areas of research and teaching expertise include housing and community development, health (including social determinants and disparities), disability, aging, substance use disorders, social welfare administration, and social welfare and health policy.  

Successful applicants are expected to implement programs of research with the potential for large scale impact and/or inform policy development. Candidates with other interests may apply and will be given full consideration.   

The University of Texas at Austin offers unique opportunities for individuals who wish to pursue an academic career in a dynamic, collegial environment and vibrant city. The Steve Hicks School of Social Work, ranked among the top 10 programs of social work education in the country, values high-level scholarship, innovative teaching, and a commitment to service. The School offers three degrees, the BSW, MSSW, and Ph.D. in social work, and a postdoctoral fellowship program in partnership with Dell Medical School, within a research-intensive public university. The SHS provides a robust research infrastructure, including the Office of the Associate Dean for Research as well as nine multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes.

The SHS is committed to supporting excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service among its faculty and students. 


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in social work (Ph.D. or equivalent) or in an aligned field. Successful candidates are expected to teach across our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, develop and implement funded research programs, and maintain a strong record of high-impact publications. They are also expected to collaborate with other faculty and be involved in service to the university, community, and the profession. A master’s degree in social work and practice experience are also highly desirable qualifications. 

Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the name and contact information of four referees (no letters are required at this time and referees will only be contacted after consultation with the candidate). All documents requested must be uploaded via Interfolio before a full review can begin.

A review of applications and interviews of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin routinely hires adjunct faculty to fill curricular needs on a part-time basis. Although no new positions currently are available, the school maintains a pool of candidates for temporary part-time positions as the need arises. Persons selected teach lower and/or upper division undergraduate courses as well as master’s-level graduate courses in the day and/or evening hours. Appointments are usually made on a semester-by-semester basis.  Positions are renewable, contingent on need, funding and performance.

  • Master’s degree in social work or related field; at least two years post-graduate experience is preferred.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants should submit:
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae/resume
    • Name, address, e-mail, and phone number of three references
  • Prior to any appointment, selected candidates will be asked to submit three confidential letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s effectiveness as a teacher and/or expertise in the subject to be taught. Letters to be addressed to:

Cynthia Franklin
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
D3500, Austin, TX 78712

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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