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Assistant Professor, Center for Social Work, Non-tenure track faculty
Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 03/22/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Social Work
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Widener University's Center for Social Work Education invites applications for a non-tenure track clinical position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This faculty position carries a 4/4 teaching load as well as an active research and publication agenda along with university and community service responsibilities. Teaching assignments may be a combination of BSW, MSW and/or PhD courses. We are looking for an advanced practice faculty member who has a long history of clinical practice experience with marginalized populations, is knowledgeable about trauma informed practice, and who integrates a clinical perspective into a wide spectrum of community venues and social change initiatives.

Appointment: The position is a ten-month faculty appointment as a non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Work.

The Center for Social Work Education is a dynamic and vibrant community with a variety of educational programs and initiatives. The Center has a diverse student body and faculty who share a strong commitment to social justice, community service and the University's civic engagement mission. We are looking for faculty who are passionate about social work, passionate about teaching and passionate about changing the world.

The BSW program prepares students for generalist social work practice and/or graduate school. The MSW program has a single concentration in clinical social work with a trauma-informed curriculum. We currently have a campus-based MSW program and an on-line MSW program option. The MSW program also offers a dual degree option with human sexuality. The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The PhD program prepares candidates for academic and research careers.

Widener Social Work also runs a community based clinic called Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) that provides pro bono social work and capacity building services to community based organizations and community residents. SWCS is staffed primarily by social work interns and serves as a state-of-the-art internship site for BSW and MSW students. Our Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults program under the SWCS umbrella provides treatment services to vulnerable adult community residents, their families and caregivers. SWCS interns and faculty also provide capacity building and social work services in collaboration with grassroots community organizations that serve community residents but do not have MSW social workers on staff. For more information about the Widener Social Work, please visit our website at

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:


  • Develop and teach courses as negotiated with the Director.
  • Ensure courses and syllabi are current and available to all students.
  • Demonstrate competency in teaching as evidenced by supervisor, peer, and student evaluations.
  • Demonstration of expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and content delivery method.
  • Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve teaching.
  • Supervise students on special projects (e.g. interprofessional, research projects).
  • Maintain regular office hours, guide or support students who reach out for assistance, and identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful through use of email, phone or other appropriate means of communication.


  • Supervision of student clinical education in the CSVA Clinic


  • Engage in scholarly/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program.
  • Maintain currency of clinical and professional knowledge through regular continuing education.


  • Support administrative functions of the BSW program as needed
  • Participate in student recruitment and admission activities in the BSW program
  • Serve as an academic advisor and/or mentor for students and/or student organizations in the BSW program.
  • Attend all university academic events as required in the faculty handbook.
  • Attend all University, School, and Program faculty meetings.
  • Engage with students via co-curricular activities.
  • Assist in the accreditation process including preparation of documents for accreditation applications, annual reviews, and site visits.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support the mission of Widener University as evidenced by teaching and clinical assignments, advising, and mentoring of students.
  • Activities and service to the University, College, community, and the profession.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required Qualifications:

  • To be considered for this position the candidate must have an MSW
  • At least 5 years of clinical practice
  • Expertise in clinical practice related to treatment of trauma
  • Experience teaching practice in an MSW program, with excellent evaluations and preferably experience in teaching online.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Social Work or related field (required for teaching PhD courses)
  • High attention to detail and previous experience using Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • an interest in collaborative community intervention and research projects
  • Extensive background and expertise in trauma.


  • Occasionally standing, walking, or climbing stairs. Ability to be mobile between workstations, various campus buildings, and all locations in the buildings.
  • Some night and weekend work is occasionally required.

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted.

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at

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