School/Unit: School of Social Work
Department: Social Work (1422)
Purpose of Position:
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & innovation (iCubed), and the School of Social Work seek applicants for a full-time, 9-month, term position in the Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core. The chief purpose of this core is to address problems of older and disabled adults who are "aging in place" within low income senior housing apartment buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia. Collectively, the core will nurture communities to enhance the social and health aspects of older adults' daily lives; it will address social determinants of health and health disparities facing the population, which is primarily African-American and low-income. The core also will collaborate with health professionals, academics, urban planners, policy experts, and community housing experts to develop a sustainable program of research, education, and service delivery that will translate to the community at large.
The faculty member will join the Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core and will contribute 75% of their effort to this core, primarily in clinical and teaching activities, with the remaining effort committed to departmental, school, university, and national and international activities.
The faculty member will serve as faculty in the School of Social Work. Joint and affiliate appointments with other programs, including the Department of Gerontology, are possible as appropriate to the candidate’s qualifications.
The faculty member will possess the skills needed to effectively develop, lead and coordinate screening and case management services that address the psychosocial and health needs of older adults, engage in effective interprofessional geriatric team practice, supervise and train student interns, as well as engage in transdisciplinary.
projects within the university setting and with community partners related to the core. They will possess an interest in supporting interdisciplinary work that involves scholarly research and external funding, with desirability of focus in the areas of community-based participatory research, metropolitan impact, or disparities and equity.
The faculty member will serve as teaching faculty within the School of Social Work and will precept students in Advanced Practice. They will demonstrate effectiveness as a social work educator. They will share a deep commitment to effective instruction, creation of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. They will demonstrate leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
The faculty will broaden participation among members of under-represented groups. They will demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.
Required Qualifications:A Ph.D. in Social Work; highly experienced candidates possessing a MSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program will be considered.
A minimum of 2 years of post-graduate professional social work practice with older adults in community-based or healthcare settings.
Prior higher education teaching experience and a community practice focus on the needs of older adults. The candidate must have a commitment to and demonstrated capability.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.
Preferred QualificationsGraduate-level specialization or certificate in gerontology or aging studies completed by the time of appointment.
Clinical social work licensure or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Academic, research and / or professional experiences with urban and other underserved populations
Experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.