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Instructor/Lecturer of Social Work (Tupelo, MS)


Tupelo, MS, US, 38804

Department:  Social Work (10000891)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi is seeking applications for Instructor/Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the Tupelo Campus. This is a nine-month, non-tenure track position at the rank of instructor or lecturer as determined by teaching experience in higher education, and research/community engagement/scholarly achievements. The successful candidate may begin as early as January 2022.


The successful candidate will primarily teach courses in the Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program on the Tupelo Campus with some undergraduate and/or graduate teaching assignments on the main campus in Oxford or other regional campuses ( The hire will maintain expertise in assigned areas of teaching, involvement in research/community engagement/scholarship sufficient to be recognized as graduate teaching faculty, assist with student recruitment, retention, and graduation. In addition, the hire will develop and/or teach undergraduate and/or graduate online courses, monitor student progress, assist with field service records, field instructor training, development and maintenance of internship sites, and serve on various departmental committees. Excellence in the School of Applied Sciences and the Department of Social Work can only be fully-realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values.


The University of Mississippi is a member of the Southeastern Conference and included in the elite group of Doctoral Universities – R1, or Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Over the last 12 years, University of Mississippi has been continuously recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The School of Applied Sciences, located on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, MS (, is an inclusive home to approximately 150 faculty and staff, over 2,600 students, six academic departments, four centers and an institute. The School of Applied Sciences currently serves 10 undergraduate, 10 master’s and 4 doctoral programs (  


The Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi ( is home to fifteen full-time faculty and staff and over 300 students. Our department offers a BSW, MSW and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare. We are guided by the principles of the strengths-perspective, empowerment, cultural responsiveness, and social and economic justice. The program promotes culturally responsive and inclusive education, applied research, community engagement, and interdisciplinary and international collaboration.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Social Work or related field. Applicants with terminal degrees in fields other than Social Work must have a Master of Social Work (MSW).  Applicants must hold or be eligible for social work licensure (LMSW or LCSW) in the State of Mississippi and have 2 years of social work practice experience beyond their MSW. Candidates with a history of developing and teaching online and remote courses, experience maintaining field service records, field instructor training, developing and maintaining internship sites are preferred.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Applicants must apply online at and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae and contact information of five professional references, no paper copies will be accepted. Official transcripts must be received prior to hire.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Tupelo