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Posting number 2018.242
Position Assistant Professor, Social Work and Human Services
Department School of Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Professional Studies
Contract type Faculty; Permanent (tenure track); 100% full-time
Start date August 1, 2019
Review date January 15, 2019

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

Posting details

The School of Social Work and Human Services programs prepare students for social work practice reflecting principles of social justice, equality, and respect for diversity. The programs address the structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. With a commitment to lifelong learning and a critical analysis of oppression, graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and professional social work values necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse and cross-cultural environments. The programs contribute to the knowledge base of social work through partnerships and collaborative research with professional and local communities.

The School applications for a full-time, permanent faculty member to teach across all of the Social Work and Human Services programs especially generalist social work theory and clinical practice skills in its undergraduate programs and also advanced social work practice across the fields of either health care or mental health in its MSW program.

The School of Social Work and Human Services offers a MSW; a BSW (Generalist & Child Welfare Option); a Diploma in Social Services (Generalist & First Nations Option); and a Community Support Worker Certificate. The School has developed collaborative relationships with the Sto:lo peoples and all BSW students are required to take a course in Indigenous Social Work. The MSW and BSW programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

The School of Social Work and Human Services is looking for a faculty member who has clinical experience in one or more of the following areas: experience in mental health and addictions, substance misuse, disabilities, equity seeking groups, Indigenous social work practice, family-centered social work, schools, mental health and addictions, disabilities, social work and gerontology. The successful applicant will possess strong communication and organizational skills with excellence in teaching and a record of scholarly activities including a developing research portfolio that contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning, in addition to developing or extending experiential learning opportunities for students. Additional skills will include curriculum development, practicum supervision, working with a diverse student population, being a team player, and the successful applicant’s curriculum must reflect or incorporate Indigenous perspectives or ways of learning. Indigenous peoples will be given preference.


The successful applicant must have a MSW degree from a recognized and accredited institution, RCSW preferred, in addition to a PhD (or ABD) in Social Work from a recognized and accredited institution, together with five years successful teaching at a degree level and five years of clinical experience. Candidates with a PhD in a related discipline may be considered if they have a MSW.

How to apply

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.   

Direct curriculum vitae including evidence of appropriate qualifications, recent teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference (to be sent separately), citing Posting 2018.242 to:


Email application to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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