Idaho State University - Program Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program

Location: Pocatello, ID
Date Posted: 10-10-2018
Idaho State University seeks a Program Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program
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Location: Pocatello, ID
The Position:
About the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology:
The Social Work Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) degree program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting agency. The program's mission is to prepare students to work as professionals in entry-level social work generalist practice. Graduates will become social workers dedicated to enhancing the quality of people's lives, empowering individuals, families, groups, and communities, and advancing human rights and social and economic justice.
The four programs in the Department - Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, and Gender & Sexuality Studies are interconnected. The Department contributes to the mission of the College of Arts & Letters by encouraging collaboration with other departments and programs within the College. The department concentrates on research, theory, and service in regard to the community. The community plays a pivotal role in the life of individuals and serves as a platform from which to study health and illness, diversity and social hierarchies, and criminology. The focus on community issues enables ISU to showcase the usefulness of sociology at the graduate and undergraduate levels; to create a niche for social work, particularly in the areas of child welfare, gerontology, and sexual diversity; and to find a pivotal role for criminology by emphasizing rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community.
The University is seeking a creative and motivated faculty (tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor) to serve as the BSW Program Director beginning Fall 2019. The Program Director will be charged with re-invigorating the program and with building a strong feeder program for the MSW program. This full-time (9-month) position requires teaching two courses each semester with a primary assignment to BSW courses; advising BSW students; engaging in scholarship to advance the social work profession and participation in the development and support of the BSW Program. The BSW is embedded in the Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology Department which has a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Many faculty members teach across curriculums. The BSW program typically enrolls 40 students and serves 100 pre-majors. BSW accreditation has just been reaffirmed by CSWE for the maximum (8 years).
  • An earned MSW degree from a CSWE accredited MSW Program;
  • An earned doctorate in Social Work or related field;
  • Vision, energy, and creativity required;
  • Two years of post-MSW practice experience preferred;
  • Leadership experience preferred;
  • Some degree of CSWE accreditation experience is desired.
About the Institution:
Idaho State University combines exceptional academics amidst the grand natural beauty of the West. ISU faculty and students are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in the areas of energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business. To read more, visit
Idaho State University, founded in 1901, attracts students and faculty from around the world to its four Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU offers access to high-quality education in more than 250 programs. Over 12,000 students attend ISU, receiving education and training. ISU is the state’s designated lead institution in health.
ISU, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, has a low student to teacher ratio of 14:1. As a state leader in the health sciences, ISU offers widespread health services to locals, as well as multiple degrees in more than 50 health-related areas, including nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and physician assistant studies. Although the health sciences are a significant area of study (26%), additional programs are also available through colleges in business, education, technology, arts and letters, and science and engineering. Education at ISU is filled with real-world experience; the $2.1 million Career Path Internship program helps aid hundreds of students' career goals by pairing students with paid on- and off-campus jobs. In their spare time, students can choose from more than 70 student organizations, enjoy nature through the Outdoor Adventure Center, or drive to the Craters of the Moon nature preserve or the Yellowstone National Park. The Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU campus is nationally ranked as one of the most impressive performance venues on a university campus. It is home to the Idaho State Civic Symphony and is also host to a number of plays, concerts, recitals and art performances.
As an NCAA Division 1 school, ISU competes in the Big Sky Conference offering robust athletic programs to students such as basketball, cross-country, tennis, track and field, volleyball, softball, football, golf, and soccer. Read more:
Bringing vision and excitement to Idaho State University (ISU) this fall, is the new president, Kevin Satterlee. His administration will be one of passion, communication, and transparency for the benefit of not only the university but also its surrounding community.
To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by December 2, 2018 will be given first consideration. Applicants should submit the following materials: 1) Cover letter summarizing qualifications, research, teaching and practice experience, 2) Curriculum Vitae, and 3) Contact information (including email address) for three references. References will be contacted later in the process and not without advance notice to applicants.
For nominations or further information:
Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
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Direct: (530) 677-9945
Idaho State University values individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, racial and ethnic origins. ISU believes that promoting diversity and a respectful work and learning environment is a key component in preparing students for success in a global economy. ISU strongly encourages applications from candidates who share these values.
 Stephanie Fowler
 Senior Consultant
 Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
 Direct: 530-677-9945
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