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Social Welfare Assistant Professor with Expertise in Child and Family Well-being

Recruitment Period

Open August 1st, 2019 through Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
If you apply to this recruitment by October 1st, 2019, you will have until November 15th, 2019 to complete your application.


The UCLA Department of Social Welfare in the Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. We seek to recruit scholars with a focus on child welfare. Topics of interest include but are not limited to public child welfare, foster care, child maltreatment, child, family, or systems-focused interventions, or child welfare policy. In addition we seek to recruit scholars with a focus on early childhood in the context of the family system. Topics of interest include but are not limited to parenting, attachment, childcare, intergenerational processes, family-focused interventions involving young children, or family policy.

UCLA is consistently ranked among the top research universities across the nation and around the world. The Department of Social Welfare is the only social work program in Southern California housed in a major public research university, and is advantageously situated in the interdisciplinary Luskin School of Public Affairs along with highly ranked departments of Urban Planning and Public Policy. We are one of the nation’s most diverse departments of social welfare, and were recently ranked third in scholarly impact among all 76 doctoral degree granting social work/social welfare programs. Both the Department and the Luskin School are experiencing dynamic growth. In addition, our Department has a 65-year tradition of educating and serving ethnically and culturally diverse urban populations.

For the Assistant Professor position, we seek an individual with:
• A demonstrated potential for substantial scholarly impact in social welfare and related fields.
• A successful record of teaching at any level and the potential for strong mentoring at the doctoral level.
• A deep understanding of diversity and social justice issues embedded in teaching, research, and mentoring.
• A commitment to collaborative relationships across the Department, School, University, and other institutions.
• A demonstrated potential for leadership in department and university life.
• A demonstrated record of applying for external and internal grants, including through federal sources such as NIH, NSF, IES, foundations and other funders, such as State and local agencies.

Basic Qualifications for the Assistant Professor position: To be considered, applicants must have earned a PhD prior to July 1st 2020 in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field. An MSW degree is required.

Assistant Professor applications are due by October 1, 2019.

Candidates should submit the following items via UCLA Recruit:

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter focused on the relevance of the candidate's work in child and family well-being. The letter should specifically address: a. Scholarly interests and accomplishments. b. Teaching philosophy, interests and achievements.
  3. A statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching.
  4. Three letters of reference submitted online by the candidate's referees no later than November 1, 2019. After an application is submitted by the candidate, the letters of reference may be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chair for the Assistant Professor position: Dr. Todd Franke (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required