MSW Program Director and Open-Rank Professor of Social Work

Goshen College invites applications for a full-time (12 months), benefits-eligible, open-rank,  tenure-track Professor position to serve as the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program Director of the new Goshen College and Bluffton University Collaborative MSW starting in summer, 2022, and based at Goshen College.

The Collaborative MSW Program Director will have a unique and exciting opportunity to shape the curriculum and program delivery. In addition, the successful candidate will help guide the search for the Field Director and additional faculty members, while successfully preparing the program for CSWE candidacy. The first students will be enrolled in fall of 2023.

The Collaborative MSW is built on both institutions’ experiences with collaborative graduate programs and fully accredited undergraduate social work programs. The Collaborative MSW’s mission statement is:  Shaped by Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition and the Social Work profession’s core values of social justice, service, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, and the dignity and worth of every person, the MSW program’s mission is to prepare students for specialized practice in mental health with an emphasis on enhancing human well-being grounded in commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-racism practices.                                                                                 

The social work departments at Goshen College and Bluffton University offer majors in social work for traditional undergraduates (BA) and adult degree completion (BS) students. The position will be full-time administrative for the first year, and will shift to 50% administrative load and 50%  teaching load in subsequent years. Teaching will be limited to the new Master’s in Social Work.

This position will be based at Goshen College, which is a teaching college with a 4-3-1 load, and all teaching faculty serve on institution-wide committees and assist with advising, as well as recruiting prospective students. The successful candidate must be ready to contribute to our strong tradition of excellence in research and publication as well as teaching. Candidates must be interested working closely with students and fellow faculty members as part of a small, vibrant campus and community.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned MSW from a CSWE-accredited program and two years of post-MSW practice experience; PhD or Doctorate in Social Work strongly preferred;
  • Six or more years of full-time teaching experience in social work (graduate-level preferred)
  • Three or more years of administrative experience in social work education as program director or field director (graduate-level preferred)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching (graduate-level preferred)
  • Evidence of the ability to teach in the online environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to function effectively in a complex organizational structure and work both independently and collaboratively with a team.
  • An appreciation of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith perspective and commitment to the mission, vision, core values and community standards of Goshen College and Bluffton University.

About Goshen College

Goshen College is a Christian liberal arts institution that prepares students to thrive in life, leadership and service. We rank nationally in the top five of liberal arts colleges for international education, with 71% of the student body studying abroad. We strive to model an inclusive community committed to transformative justice, peace, and sustainability.

The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant and entrepreneurial downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths, and affordable housing prices.

About Bluffton University

Located on a 65-acre residential campus in northwest Ohio, Bluffton University offers more than 90 majors, minors and programs for undergraduate students with nationally accredited programs in dietetics, education , music and social work. Bluffton also offers programs for working adults including degree-completion programs in accounting, organizational management, social work and RN to BSN as well as graduate programs in business administration (MBA), education and organization management

Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton’s legacy is expressed in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service. Bluffton graduates are prepared for life; 98 percent are employed, in graduate school or completing long-term service within six month of graduation.

How to Apply:

Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials may be attached to the Faculty Application Form or sent electronically to


  • Complete the online Faculty Information Form
  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three professional references with contact information
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable in application process with official transcripts required for employment)

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. With a commitment to building a diverse faculty and staff, underrepresented persons are encouraged to apply.

Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

Human Resources
Goshen College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111