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Adjunct Faculty - Master of Social Work

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Job Description Summary:Samuel Merritt University is currently accepting applications for part-time adjunct faculty positions in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. Our university, with a focus on health sciences, has a rich history of educating ethical, caring, and highly skilled health professionals in various undergraduate and graduate programs, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Podiatric Medicine. The MSW program was launched in July 2023.
The MSW program offers an extended three-year hybrid educational program. Some classes are delivered online during evening hours, while others are conducted on-campus during weekends. The fully staffed MSW program comprises four full-time faculty, an administrative assistant, and a pool of part-time lecturers and field instructors. We are currently in the candidacy phase with the Council on Social Work Education. The department aims to admit 35 to 50 students annually, offering generalist training in the first year and advanced training in medical social work and behavioral health in subsequent years, with internship placements occurring in the second and third years.
Our university community is dedicated to serving diverse communities and reducing disparities in health and healthcare. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as outlined in our Strategic Vision for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The main Oakland campus, where the MSW program is located, offers a beautiful and diverse environment on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. MSW courses are taught both online and on the Oakland campus. The Oakland campus includes state-of-the-art classrooms, the Movement Analysis Research Center (MARC), the John A. Graziano library, and an accredited Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC).
Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities :

Lecturers are needed to teach practice and theory focused MSW courses, including policy, research, human behavior & social environment, RGI and introductory and advanced practice courses.


· Applicant must have a minimum of a MSW degree and two years of post-master’s experience.

· A Doctoral degree or LCSW is preferred.

· Prior academic faculty experience is preferred but not mandatory.

Current Teaching Needs:

SW620 Introduction to Social Policy

SW611 Generalist Practice I: Micro Practice

SW612 Generalist Practice II: Mezzo and Macro Practice

SW613 Advanced Micro Practice in Integrated Health/Medical Social Work

SW631 Field Seminars

SW650 Elective I Recovery and Empowerment Models

SW 622 Racial, Gender & Inequality in Health and Mental Health


Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the needs for Summer and Fall 2024 courses are fulfilled.

Employee Status : Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Exemption Status : United States of America (Exempt)

Time Type : Part time

Job Shift : Week-day Evenings or Weekend Mornings

Samuel Merritt University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.

Employee Status:Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:Part time
Job Shift:

Pay Range:

A reasonable estimate for this position is $4,500 - $6,500 based on teaching assignment

Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.


Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is a private university focused on health sciences with its main campus in Oakland, California, and other facilities in Sacramento, San Mateo and Fresno.

SMU is an integral part of patient care in Northern California. We’re one of the largest educators of registered nurses in California, and many of the physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians who provide care in the region are graduates of our programs. 

SMU began as a credential nursing program with Oakland's Samuel Merritt Hospital. Today, more than 110 years later, it offers nursing programs and advanced degrees for occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians.

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