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About NMHU

Highlands University is an open admissions university with over 70% Hispanic, Native American or African American with nearly 40% studying at the Master’s Degree level. The university is committed to student success and improved retention and graduation rates. NMHU serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus in Las Vegas, NM (one hour east of Santa Fe) and another 1300 students at centers in Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, and Albuquerque. For more information about the university, visit the website at

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FT Contingent Faculty (term)

Contingent Faculty

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Position Summary

Applications are invited for two full-time contingent term instructor positions with a contract starting August, 2019. Both positions will be based at the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Centers.

New Mexico Highlands University Facundo Valdez School of Social Work is the oldest school of social work in New Mexico, dating back to 1974. It is also one of the oldest schools in the Southwest accredited by the Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE ). The School is located at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and also offered at the centers located throughout the state in Albuquerque, Farmington and Santa Fe. Each social work program is situated in close proximity to one or more of the 19 Native American pueblos and the four tribes; Navajo Nation (Diné), Jicarilla Apache, Fort Sill and Mescalero Apache tribes.

Our program locations allow students the opportunity to experience and practice social work among diverse populations including Hispanic and Native American populations in either rural or urban settings. The School offers both BSW and MSW degree programs at its main campus, and at the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Farmington centers. The MSW degree program is offered in Roswell. The School prepares students to practice social work sensitively and competently with the diverse multicultural populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. The School has a primary commitment to the Hispanic and Native American populations. The curriculum grounds students in social work skills, values, ethical principles, and awareness of and respect for, cultural, language, sexual orientation, class, spiritual beliefs and gender differences. The School prepares undergraduate and graduate student for generalist and advanced clinical or macro practice through the integration of classroom knowledge and field practicum instruction.

Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities include instruction of 12 credits or their equivalent per semester in any of the six curriculum areas in undergraduate or graduate, in-person, hybrid: in-person+ zoom) or onlinecourses: clinical social work practice, HBSE, policy, research, community practice, and field education. In addition to teaching, the selected candidates will be expected to advise undergraduate and/or graduate students. Duties also include service to the university, in the form of attendance at and participation in the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work committees and work group meetings and possibly university‐wide committees. May be asked to participate in recruitment, orientations, and student events/activities. The candidate may be asked to teach 15 credits per semester, without service duties.

Minimum Qualifications

An earned MSW or MSSW from a CSWE accredited social work program with a minimum of two years post masters social work practice experience. Valid New Mexico social work licensure or eligibility for social work licensure during the term of the teaching appointment is required. College/university teaching experience required. Familiarity with the generalist, person‐in‐environment and diversity models of social work practice.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrable knowledge of, and participation in community partnership and curriculum/program development, practice experience, and teaching, with a particular emphasis on Hispanic and/or the Native American/American Indian populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. Teaching online, such as Zoom (videoconferencing).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

See Duties and Responsibilities, Minimum Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications.

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Albuquerque/SW Campus

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Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcripts Conferring Required Degree
Optional Documents
  1. Letter(s) of Recommendation
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Media File
  4. Portfolio
  5. License/Certificate
  6. Teaching Philosophy
  7. Writing Sample
  8. Statement of Research Plans
  9. Evidence of Teaching and Research Excellence
  10. Samples of Syllabus
  11. List of Three Professional References with Name, Address and E-Mail
  12. Current FAFSA
  13. High School Diploma or GED
  14. Statement of Philosophy

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