Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work – Field Faculty

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is among the finest graduate schools of social work in the country. GSSW currently has a competitive PhD program and offers a Masters of Social Work degree at three campuses as well as an online program. The GSSW is a vibrant center for intellectual development, a leader in promoting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work. Our mission is to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people.

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a collegial and progressive community of scholars and teachers who work with diverse populations across the life cycle and who are committed to excellence in teaching. The school’s curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social justice, and social work values and ethics, with an understanding of and respect for social and cultural diversity. GSSW provides a supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and community-based research and interactions. Cross-disciplinary opportunities abound as evidenced by the University’s Impact 2025 strategic plan. The faculty at GSSW engages in major collaborative projects locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the Denver metropolitan area and state of Colorado offer excellent opportunities for working with a variety of populations. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff.

There are two positions available. One position is fulltime and the second position is 0.7 FTE.

Essential Functions

Field Administration (75%): This position will be an integral part of the administration of the field education program, and must work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Field Education and Community Partnerships, in conjunction with the Associate Directors of Field Education, this position will be responsible for contributing to the integration of academic coursework and field placement; program and policy development; quality assurance and program assessment; agency screening, development, and approval; placement of students into appropriate field sites; the development, coordination, and delivery of field related events and trainings; and other duties as assigned. This position will provide training, supervision and consultation to field liaisons and off-site supervisors, and mediation, as needed, to facilitate communication and conflict resolution between students and agency field supervisors. This position will be responsible for completing paperwork and tracking data related to all aspects of field administration.

Service (10%): Participate as a faculty member in faculty governance, GSSW, and University service, to include meetings, committee work, special projects, and other roles, as requested.

Community Engagement (10%): Participate in service to the profession to include involvement in professional organizations and societies and activities that impact the profession of social work. The successful candidate will also provide service and leadership to the broader community, to include local, state, regional, national, and international settings and activities. The successful candidate will apply their professional expertise to assist community organizations with the intentionality to be of service. The successful candidate will seek opportunities to enhance the connection between the University and the community, and engage community partners in all facets of GSSW and the University.

Teaching (5%): The successful candidate will teach courses with a lens on integrating academic course work with field practice. Teaching will consist of approximately 1-3 credits per academic year, and may include online, face to face, and hybrid instruction. This position may also take on lead faculty responsibilities for specific courses, including collaboration with course coordinators, and updating and modifying online and on campus course material. This position will advise a designated load of graduate students. Responsibilities include providing professional guidance and acting as a professional mentor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of social work as a field of practice and an understanding of the role of field education in the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of systems of social and human services in order to build community relationships and advise students of fields of practice.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in mediation or conflict resolution.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to comfortably learn and navigate emerging technology, including use of database systems to manage and organize field functions.
  • Demonstrated autonomy in decision making.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability represent the Graduate School of Social Work in communities in a professional manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)- accredited institution.
  • 5 years of relevant post-MSW practice experience.
  • 2 years of experience as a field instructor or field liaison.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with program management and/or administration.
  • 2 years of direct supervisory experience.

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter 
    • There are two positions available. One position is full time and the second position is 0.7 FTE.  Please specify in their cover letter which position(s) you are interested in. 
    • In your cover letter please address your Interest in field education and Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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