Field of Specialization: Social Work in Changing Urban Environments
Academic Unit: Social Work
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin November 1, 2020 and continue until a successful candidate is selected

About the Position:

The School of Social Work at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021.

We seek candidates whose research contributes to scholarship on social work in changing urban environments. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work focuses on various urban populations, including, but not limited to, vulnerable children, youth or older adults, people living in poverty, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, Indigenous persons, racialized and Black persons, and LGBTTQI persons. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of post-MSW practice experience. Experience teaching social work courses either at the graduate or undergraduate levels is essential.

About the Academic Unit:

The School of Social Work is committed to critical approaches to social work and offers programs at the Bachelor, Masters and PhD level with outstanding research expertise in social work education, social welfare policy, Indigenous knowledges, immigration and refugee issues, trauma, care work and clinical practice. See


This position requires a candidate with an MSW degree and a completed PhD in social work or a related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge of, and a commitment to, critical social work frameworks and their applicability to changing urban populations, particularly those communities experiencing marginalization. They will be willing to teach at least two foundation areas from the following list: (1) critical theory, (2) practice with individuals, families and groups, (3) social policy, and (4) statistics.

Candidates must demonstrate an emerging record of excellence in research as evidenced by an ability to attract external funding and high-quality field-relevant peer reviewed publications. The candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching (e.g. pedagogical innovation, creative curriculum development), have solid practice experience with members of diverse communities, and be supported by exceptional letters of reference. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing expertise in critical approaches to social work, including Indigenous, critical disability and anti-racist approaches.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit all the following information electronically in four separate PDF files to be considered for the position: (1) A cover letter of application describing your program of research, qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vitae that addresses your experiences in research, teaching, and social work practice; (3) copies of two samples of academic work, either published or submitted for publication (you must be either first or sole author of one of the publications); and (4) a teaching dossier outlining experiences and accomplishments, teaching statement, sample course syllabi and teaching evaluations. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of references sent to the School of Social Work. All information must be submitted to Professor Sarah Todd, Director of the School of Social Work, at

Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 31,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.