Instructor, Social Work - Distance Education

Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 01, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Social Work seeks applications for a three-year term online Instructor position, starting August 2021. Responsibilities for this position include teaching four online courses per semester. These courses will cover both BSW and MSW programs. Additional duties include participating in service to the department, and student advisement. Note: due to this being a fully online position, relocation to Iowa is not required. 

Seated in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the department offers programs at BA and MSW levels with options for in-person and online teaching. It also offers the state’s only MSW program with a trauma-informed specialization, and has an established reputation on campus and throughout the state as a leading innovator on trauma, mental health, and social work practice. In recent years, the social work program has gained considerable interest from students within the state and throughout the country. We are therefore seeking exceptional online instructors to help grow our program. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit 

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts. 

The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program plus a doctorate in social work or a related area. Evidence of high quality online teaching experience is required. 

Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to the department’s focus on trauma-informed care, and can teach in one or more of the following areas: macro-level practice, diversity issues, policy development, and grant writing. Special consideration will be given for those who have two-years of post-MSW practice experience and who can teach research courses. Candidates should have working knowledge of, or be willing to learn, Zoom, Blackboard, and Google Workspace. 

Applications received by March 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Final decisions will be made in April or May 2021 and dependent on University budgetary approval. Inquiries may be sent to Matthew Vasquez at 319-273-6249 or Pre-employment background checks required. 

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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