Asia Campus BSW Program Director/Professor

University of Utah

Asia Campus (UAC) BSW Program Director/Professor (All Ranks)

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program

College of Social Work


Track: Career-line (Non-Tenure Track) – 2-Year Contract (Renewed Annually)

Application Deadline: Opened Until Filled

New Position Start Date: July 1, 2015


Position Qualifications/Responsibilities: The University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) BSW Program Director will be responsible for establishing undergraduate social work classes at the University of Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. A variety of skills and knowledge is required for the position, which will include the following responsibilities:

  • Developing and reviewing curriculum to ensure classes will meet licensure requirements of the Korean Association of Social Work (KASW).
  • Ensuring the program operates in compliance with Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation standards for BSW-level programs.
  • Coordinating classroom and teaching assignments.
  • Teaching four to six courses per year.
  • Representing the BSW Program at meetings with UAC Administration, government ministries, local agencies, and the community.
  • Developing instructional design and learning strategies with sensitivity to Korean culture.
  • Locating and approving potential practicum sites.
  • Recruiting, orienting, and mentoring students.
  • Orienting and training agency field instructors, adjunct faculty, and visiting faculty.
  • Developing and maintaining a policy manual.
  • Managing the activities of the BSW Program at the Asia Campus.


The UAC BSW Program Director will live and teach in Korea (subsidized faculty housing at UAC) for the entire contract period. The Director will hold a career-line (i.e., non-tenure-line) Lecturer faculty position at the University of Utah (at appropriate academic rank) and will typically teach four to six courses per year depending upon workload. All academic ranks are encouraged to apply. This is a 12-month faculty/administrative position (for up to two years in total) where the emphasis will be placed upon participation as a team member in building and maintaining the BSW Program at the Asia Campus. All academic ranks are encouraged to apply. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Social Work, and will coordinate efforts with the BSW Program Director. The Director engages in program development, teaching, and scholarship, and serves the BSW Program, the College of Social Work, the University of Utah, and the professional community in Korea. In particular, the Director is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with diverse agencies in Korea, monitoring and allocating program resources in an efficient manner, and recruiting and mentoring BSW students.

Minimum Qualifications: The minimum qualifications for the position include:

  • A Ph.D. in Social Work or related field.
  • An MSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program (or foreign equivalency approved by CSWE).
  • Two years full-time teaching experience or equivalent at the university level in social work or related field
  • Three years post-MSW direct social work practice experience, and a clinical license in social work.
  • An established record of professional accomplishments in teaching (outstanding teaching evaluations), scholarship, and service that is commensurate with rank.
  • Emotional maturity and wisdom, ability to listen, cognitive sensibleness, and resulting flexibility needed in a social work leader.
  • Experience in program development and administration, including leading culturally competent curriculum development efforts; chairing committees/teams; developing field education; monitoring student development; designing/refining student-oriented program policies; and managing program budgets.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five to 10 years post-MSW direct social work practice experience, and a clinical license in social work.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have international teaching experience at the university level in social work or related fields.
  • Demonstrated leadership in international and cross-cultural program development.
  • Leadership in professional organizations, university/college committees, and community service.
  • Demonstrated experience and focus within the BSW Program’s paradigms of community-based action program development and research, as well as outreach to marginalized communities, including indigenous and native peoples, rural communities, and refugees.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work with current BSW faculty.


The Incheon Global Campus (formerly known as the Songdo Global University Campus) was established with the aim of producing next-generation global talent that will lead Korea’s industries based on knowledge, culture, and arts. The University of Utah is one of the founding institutions of the Incheon Global Campus, and the College of Social Work’s BSW Program will be one of the first University of Utah programs to be launched at the Asia Campus in 2014, having been granted approval from the Korean Ministry of Education. More information on the campus can be found at: or


Application: Candidates must submit a letter of application detailing their interest and qualifications; a full curriculum vitae; and contact information for three professional references. Copies of recent teaching evaluations are also required. Review of applications will begin on the deadline date and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Ruth Gerritsen-McKane, Associate Director of the BSW Program ( The College of Social Work website is located at:


The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans.  Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice.  For additional information:


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students (


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