Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies

The University of Sydney

Job Description

  • Join a school that is a national and international leader in Education, Social Work and Social Policy
  • Opportunity to lead the school’s Social Work and Policy Studies Program
  • Full-time continuing position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is ranked amongst the world’s leading universities with an outstanding reputation for academic and research excellence. Since our inception more than 160 years ago, the University has been a leader in improving the world around us. We are currently supporting more than 73,000 students in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Building on strong foundations, we are excited to be undergoing transformative change which will drive progressive and innovative thinking.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a national and international leader in Education, Social Work and Social Policy, committed to: excellence in professional practice; rigorous research-informed and theoretical understanding of the social, political and cultural contexts of education, social work and social policy; and, informed and critical engagement with theory, policy and practice in ways designed to transform communities and individual lives in socially just ways. Our work is characterised by strong relationships between research, scholarship, teaching and learning that contribute to building partnerships for professional practice, critical research and policy.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior academic to lead the school’s Social Work and Policy Studies Program. You will be a leading authority within your discipline, with an international reputation for excellence. In this role you will provide leadership in the development of the program’s research capacity and enhance the program’s competitive funding profile. You will also be expected to contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of the University by participating in collegial governance and decision-making, and help foster a culture of excellence through guiding academic staff and students towards success.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Term and remuneration

The successful applicant will be offered a full-time continuing position, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees, and will be offered an attractive remuneration package.


Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details, including the selection criteria. Job reference 725/520C.

For more information about the position, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: Monika Browning (Recruitment Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on +61 2 8627 6562 or by email ***************

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) Sunday 9 August 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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