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

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 1st, 2019
Last review date: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The UCLA Department of Social Welfare in the Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate 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 Associate Professor position, we seek a candidate who has acquired tenure at the rank of Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have a growing national and/or international reputation for high impact, funded scholarship in the area of child and family well-being, contribute expertise on vulnerable and at-risk children and families, and provide strategic and academic leadership to the Department and the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Candidates should have:
• A demonstrated record of receiving grants or contracts including through federal sources such as NIH, NSF, IES, foundations and other funders, including State and local.
• A demonstrated track record of successfully disseminating research with substantial impact in social welfare and related fields.
• A strong record of teaching at any level and 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.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to mentoring across the academic ladder, and outstanding departmental and university citizenship.

Basic Qualifications for Associate Professor position: To be considered, applicants must currently hold a tenured faculty position in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field.

An MSW degree is strongly preferred.

The Associate Professor position will be open until filled, but early inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning October, 2019.

Candidates for the Associate Professor position should submit the following items via recruit :

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter focused on the relevance of the candidates 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. A list of three individuals willing to provide a letter or recommendation. Letters are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined a short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chair for the Associate 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.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


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 required (contact information only)