Professor of Practice-Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 19, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Professor of Practice-Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, professor of practice to join their new Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Program in recovery-oriented clinical social work. The qualified candidate hired for this position will be responsible for developing syllabi and asynchronous material and providing live instruction in courses in an area of teaching expertise/specialization. Although managed at the Utica College campus, the opportunity for this faculty position to be fully remote is possible in consultation with the Dean and Provost.

About the Program:

The mission of the MSW program at Utica College is to prepare students for excellence in the practice of clinical social work using evidence-based, recovery-oriented approaches. The MSW program understands the challenges arising from tensions between the person and their environment, with cumulative traumas from developmental, social, and systemic forces building over the life course to impede upon individuals’ ability to thrive and create vulnerabilities to illness. With this in mind, in order to build the human relationships that facilitate post-traumatic growth for individuals, families, and groups, it is essential for clinical social workers to consider historic and institutional pressures alongside personal and interpersonal experiences of distress, intervening through clinical practice while addressing the policy, economic, and institutional contexts of the work.

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:

As a core faculty member, this position will contribute to the leadership needed around efforts to seek Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation, provide instruction in a variety of MSW-level social work courses, as well as assume additional service opportunities to the department, to the School of Health Professions and Education and to the College.

Since the incumbent will be a core member of Utica College’s online MSW program 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, ethnicity, color, 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.

•Terminal doctoral degree in social work or closely related field (ABDwill be considered).

•Experience teaching at the graduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Knowledge of CSWEEducational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

•Experience with online education.

•Two years of post-MSWsocial work experience.

•Clinical licensure in your home state.

•Experience practicing or conducting research 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 and statement of teaching philosophy. Candidates are also 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:

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References letters will be solicited upon application.

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.