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Assistant Professor (Clinical) - Social Work

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

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Assistant Professor (Clinical) - Social Work


The University of Utah College of Social Work invites applications for a .83 FTE 10-month Career-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Clinical) to teach and facilitate integration of the social work educational curriculum in field and to develop and maintain quality field education or “practicum” placements. This is a non-tenure track position intended to be a long-term position within the University's Career-Line Faculty structure, with a renewable contract. The University of Utah and the College of Social Work value candidates who: have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants must have an MSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program and a minimum of three years of professional social work experience. Strong candidates will have:
  • Knowledge of local social service agencies, systems, and social work roles
  • Experience working in a social work related setting
  • Experience in behavioral health counseling and curriculum
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience as a supervisor or providing supervision to social workers
  • Experience as a field instructor or providing social work supervision to interns
  • Social work teaching experience

The Assistant Professor (Clinical) will serve as the primary link between student practicums and the University of Utah College of Social Work.

  • Support and guide students and field instructors through the practicum experience for the duration of the academic year.
  • Support and guide students and field instructors in the development and implementation of individualized practicum learning contracts—providing feedback and approving the learning contracts.
  • Advise and consult students and field instructors on a regular basis—assisting them in maximizing the field education experience.
  • Schedule and meet with students and field instructors on a regular basis (e.g., site visits) at the practicum agency: bridge curriculum and field; build relationships; assess and address students, field instructors, and agency needs; and support students and field instructors' educational and professional development.
  • Manage crises and problem-solve when needed by collaborating with students, field instructors, other faculty, and administration.
  • Engage in the documentation and evaluation of students, field instructors, and practicum placement.
  • Travel in Salt Lake, Summit, Toole, Utah, Davis, and Weber Counties.
  • Plan and participate in practicum placement meetings.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of practicum fairs, field education workshops, new field instructor trainings, and other seminars—orienting and training students and field instructors on topics related to field education.
  • Participate and collaborate with members of the practicum team.
  • Review new practicum agency and field instructors' applications
  • Develop and cultivate effective practicum partnerships with agencies and field instructors.
  • Teach and facilitate practicum seminars in-person and/or virtually and provide oversight of practicum assignments—awarding grades to students.
  • Engage in service at the university, college, professional, and community-level.

College, University, and Environment:
The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World Report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation. Utah is home to 8 federally recognized Native American Tribes, and the University has recently published it's Indigenous Land Acknowledgement (

The College of Social Work (CSW), established in 1937, is the only institution in the Intermountain West that offers all three degrees in social work: BSW, MSW, and PhD. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Social Work #28 in the nation, and Academic Analytics ranked the CSW #19 in the nation for NIH grant funding. The CSW houses a number of research entities providing faculty and students research opportunities and support for the development and implementation of funded research projects including: the Social Research Institute; the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; and the Utah Criminal Justice Center. Currently, CSW faculty are conducting a number of federally funded, state-funded, and foundation-funded translational research projects to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations. The College's Goodwill Humanitarian Building features state-of-the-art clinical training suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for real-time clinical supervision and feedback, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience.

The College is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; we strive to recruit faculty from all backgrounds, and make every effort to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a multi-faceted faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

Department: 00166 - College of Social Work
City: Salt Lake City, UT
Track: Non Tenure Track
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Requisition Number: PRN01225CF

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All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:
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