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Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work Education

Apply now Job no: 492945
Work type: Faculty (Non-tenure track)
Location: Chester
Categories: Faculty

Widener University's Center for Social Work Education invites applications for a non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor. This faculty position carries a 4/4 teaching load along with university and community service responsibilities. Clinical faculty are encouraged to remain active in clinical practice, presentations and research in addition to their teaching load. Teaching assignments may be a combination of BSW, MSW (seated and online) and/or PhD courses. We are seeking a faculty member who is committed to working with marginalized populations and is knowledgeable about organizational and community dynamics, theory and trauma. Candidates with specific expertise working in the field of addictions are of particular interest. The position is a ten-month faculty appointment as a non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Work.  

The Center for Social Work Education is a dynamic and vibrant community with a variety of educational programs and initiatives.  The Center has a diverse student body and faculty who share a strong commitment to social justice, community service and the University's civic engagement mission.  We are looking for faculty who are passionate about social work, teaching and changing the world.  
 
The BSW program prepares students for generalist social work practice and/or graduate school.  The MSW program has a single concentration in clinical social work with a trauma-informed curriculum and focus on social justice.  We offer a campus-based MSW program and an asynchronous online MSW program option. The MSW program also offers a dual degree option with a MEd in human sexuality.  The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  The PhD program prepares candidates for academic and research careers.

Widener Center for Social Work Education also has a community-based clinic - Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) that provides pro bono social work and capacity building services to community-based organizations and also supports university-based initiatives. SWCS is staffed primarily by social work interns and serves as a state-of-the-art internship site for BSW and MSW students.

For more information about the Widener Social Work, please visit our website at www.widener.edu/socialwork.
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

Teaching:

  • Develop and teach courses as negotiated with the Director.
  • Ensure courses and syllabi are current and available to all students.
  • Demonstrate competency in teaching as evidenced by supervisor, peer, and student evaluations.
  • Demonstration of expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and content delivery method.
  • Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve teaching.
  • Supervise students on special projects (e.g. interprofessional, research projects).
  • Maintain regular office hours, guide or support students who reach out for assistance, and identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful through use of email, phone or other appropriate means of communication.

Scholarship/Practice:

  • Engage in scholarly/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program.
  • Maintain currency of clinical and professional knowledge through regular continuing education. 

Service:

  • Support administrative functions of the Center for Social Work Education as needed
  • Participate in student recruitment and admission activities
  • Attend all university academic events as required in the faculty handbook.
  • Attend all University, School, and Program faculty meetings.
  • Engage with students via co-curricular activities.
  • Assist in the accreditation process including preparation of documents for accreditation applications, annual reviews, and site visits. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to support the mission of Widener University as evidenced by teaching and clinical assignments, advising, and mentoring of students.
  • Participate in professional activities and service to the University, College, community, and the profession.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required Qualifications:

  • To be considered for this position the candidate must have an MSW
  • At least 5 years of clinical practice
  • Experience teaching practice in a BSW and/or MSW program, with excellent evaluations and preferably experience in teaching online. 
  • Superior communications skills - verbal and written - including phone, letters, email, voice-mail, Zoom, one-on-one and group.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Social Work or DSW
  • High attention to detail and previous experience using Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint,  Outlook
  • Experience working with Canvas or similar Learning Management System(s)
  • An interest in collaborative community intervention and research projects

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS: 

  • Typical work environment
  • Sitting at desk often working on computer for long periods of time
  • Occasionally standing, walking, or climbing stairs.  Ability to be mobile between workstations, various campus buildings, and all locations in the buildings. 
  • Some night and weekend work is occasionally required.

Qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated (including booster) against COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a medical/religious exemption.  Offers may be rescinded if new employee does not provide proof of being fully vaccinated in a timely manner.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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