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Social Work Affiliate Instructor: Content Areas of Research, Legal, and Policy

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 30, 2023
Social Work

By applying to this posting, you are entering an applicant pool for affiliate faculty. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track academic positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the program. As such, not everyone in the applicant pool for this position will be contacted and/or selected to teach.

Position Summary

The Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites applications for part-time affiliate faculty teaching positions. MSU Denver’s Department of Social Work prides itself on a richly talented faculty comprised of teacher-scholars who are highly dedicated to support students in growing as social work scholars, practitioners, and leaders in the multitude of settings.

We are seeking part-time, Social Work Affiliate Instructors in Content Areas of Research, Legal, and Policy as they relate to social work. All part-time faculty in the department of social work will work with a Lead Faculty and participate in a content teaching team. When affiliate faculty are needed, they should expect to teach one to two courses each semester, the maximum any affiliate faculty can teach is three courses per semester. See below for affiliate faculty member’s duties. We ask that all those applying to the pool to also complete a teaching preference survey:

MSU Denver faculty have expertise in culturally responsive practice that is relationally based. We are actively interrogating and revising our curriculum to reflect anti-oppressive practices while educating our students for the provision of effective clinical social work services with diverse communities in micro, mezzo and macro settings serving vulnerable and underserved populations. For more information about the Department of Social Work, please visit: .

MSU Denver enrolls over 16,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.


An affiliate faculty member’s duties include but are not limited to: teaching assigned classes in person or online by delivering course content to students, preparing course materials and lesson plans, grading student work, providing students with robust feedback in a timely manner, addressing student questions consistent with university, college/school, and department policies, and providing online or in person academic support to students as needed and appropriate for the teaching assignment; providing instruction in assigned classes consistent with the content and learning objectives of the regular course syllabus. They will also adhere to department course coordination and Lead Faculty Model policies; maintain office hours; and comply with university-wide student evaluation of instruction policies and peer observation policies.

Required Qualifications

Successful candidates must have one of the following:
  • Juris Doctor degree, plus two years of experience relevant to social work practice, or
  • A Master’s in social work from a CSWE Accredited Program, plus two years of relevant post MSW experience, or
  • A Master’s degree in related field, plus two years of post master’s experience related to social work
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) – accredited institution
  • Five years of relevant post MSW or related master’s degree experience
  • PhD or ABD
  • Doctoral level course work in one or more of content areas
  • Two years of teaching experience relevant to one or more of content areas
  • Previous experience in teaching in an online environment
  • Experience with diverse, historically underrepresented and/or first-generation college students
Terms of Employment

Affiliate faculty are part-time, at-will employees hired to teach on a per credit hour basis for specific classes, usually on a semester-by-semester basis. Affiliate faculty are not eligible for benefit coverage under the University’s benefit program. All such teaching assignments are dependent on budget and enrollment.

Qualified candidates will be expected to teach in person/on campus upon hire.

Salary for Announcement

The final salary is based on the number of credit hours assigned at a rate determined by university policy.

For more information, please visit:

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online through MSU Denver’s career site, . Complete applications will include the following required materials:
  • CV
  • Cover letter addressing how you meet all required and any preferred qualifications
Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. ​Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Please submit questions to Associate Chair, Dr. Lori Darnel, at .

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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