MSW Field Director and Professor of Practice

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

MSW Field Director and Professor of Practice

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for an MSW Field Director and Professor or Practice. As a Professor of Practice, the Field Director will be responsible for developing and providing live instruction in practice courses, primarily Field Seminar courses. The Field Director will also develop, establish, and oversee online MSW student internships in collaboration with a Field Coordinator. In this role, the Field Director will help students identify prospective field placements and collaborate with agency personnel to produce memoranda of understanding that meet the needs of the student, the agency, and the College.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background,  perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.  At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Identify and train new field instructors.

• Manage the work of field liaisons.

• Maintain accurate records concerning the experiences of students in the field.

• Design and run online training for new field liaisons and field supervisors.

• Provide professional development to field supervisors to ensure student learning.

• Build long-term relationships with field agency leadership.

• Assess student progress in the field and evaluate the performance of agencies, field liaisons, and field supervisors.

• Provide guidance to students in selecting field placements appropriate to meeting their learning objectives and career goals.

• Conduct site visits by zoom with students and agency representatives.

• Respond to and resolve any issues that arise for students in field settings.

• Draft and review field education policies and procedures.

• Assist with drafting, reviewing, and editing CSWEaccreditation documents.

• Help review, revise, and develop the Field Education Manual.

• This position will lead and provide instruction in field work practice courses as well as assume additional teaching responsibilities as needed.

• Since the incumbent will be a core member of Utica College’s online MSWprogram in recovery-oriented clinical social work, an understanding and appreciation of recovery values is important. An MSW who has previously worked in a recovery-oriented setting would be ideal.

• Since this role involves leadership in social work education, it is especially important that candidates demonstrate a commitment to social and economic justice, and the ability to teach and collaborate with students and colleagues diverse in age, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, color, ethnicity, faith, residence in urban and rural settings, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, lived experience of recovery, and academic background.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program
• Two years of post-master’s clinical social work practice experience
• Supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:
• LCSW in state of residence
• Terminal doctoral degree in social work or closely related fields
• Experience placing social work students in internships
• Knowledge of CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards
• Experience teaching at the graduate level
• Experience with online education
• Experience practicing in a recovery-oriented environment

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.  

Application Information:

To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, one or two writing samples with a cover page indicating your role in producing the text, and three references. The writing sample can be a policy, grant proposal, published manuscript, but ideally you are the sole author. Candidates are asked to submit an additional reflective statement about teaching in the required applicant document titled “diversity statement”. Since Utica College strives to be a diverse and inclusive community, it is essential that you include in this statement a reflection on the kinds of experiences you have had, and the kinds of approaches you would take, teaching and working with a diverse student body. (For the definition of diversity that we use at Utica College, please see the following web page:

Applications that do not address diversity will be considered incomplete.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link:

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by January 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Reference letters will be solicited during on campus interviews.

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.