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Social Welfare Assistant Professor with Expertise in Technology and Health/Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 8th, 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: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 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 full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. Candidates whose experience in research, teaching, and community service has prepared them to contribute to excellence and diversity are encouraged to apply. We seek a scholar who studies technology and health/mental health across the lifespan. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination of issues concerning technology-based behavior change; the effects of technology and social media on health/mental health; social welfare interventions that leverage digital technology to promote behavioral health and wellbeing (e.g., tele-health, mHealth); technology-based skills training for social workers; information technology and health/mental health care delivery. Both policy- and practice-oriented scholars in the area of technology and health/mental health will be considered for the position.

UCLA is consistently ranked among the top research universities across the nation and around the world. The Department of Social Welfare 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. Our current full-time programs include: doctorate (Ph.D.) in social welfare, masters in social welfare and bachelor of arts in public affairs. 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 this 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 university level and the potential for strong mentoring at the doctoral level. Ability to teach courses in our MSW's Health/Mental Health across the Lifespan area of concentration and our newly launched undergraduate major in public affairs.
• 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 to be considered for the position:
• Applicants must have earned a PhD prior to July 1st 2020 in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
• An MSW degree is strongly preferred.

For full consideration applications should be recieved by October 15, 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 technology and health/mental health across the lifespan. The letter should specifically address: a. Scholarly interests and accomplishments. b. Teaching philosophy, interests and achievements.
  3. A statement on 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, Dr. Ian Holloway, by email at or by phone at 310-825-7840.

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 letters of reference required