Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work, Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

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The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is among the finest graduate schools of social work in the country. GSSW currently has a competitive PhD program and offers a Master's of Social Work degree at three campuses as well as an online program. The GSSW is a vibrant center for intellectual development, a leader in promoting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work. Our mission is to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people.

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Social Work is accepting applications for two Assistant Professor of the Practice positions. The Graduate School of Social Work is a collegial and progressive community of scholars and teachers who work with diverse populations across the life cycle and who are committed to excellence in teaching. The school's curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social justice, and social work values and ethics, with an understanding of and respect for social and cultural diversity. GSSW provides a supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and community-based research and interactions. Cross-disciplinary opportunities abound as evidenced by the University's Impact 2025 strategic plan. The faculty at GSSW engages in major collaborative projects locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the Denver metropolitan area and state of Colorado offer excellent opportunities for working with a variety of populations. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff. Preference will be given for Denver-based candidates.

Essential Functions

Field Administration

These positions will be an integral part of the administration of the field education program, and must work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Field Education and Community Partnerships, in conjunction with supervision from the Associate Director of Field Education, these positions will be responsible for contributing to the integration of academic coursework and field placement; program and policy development; quality assurance and program assessment; agency screening, development, and approval; placement of students into appropriate field sites; the development, coordination, and delivery of field related events and trainings; and other duties as assigned. These positions will provide training, supervision and consultation to field liaisons and off-site supervisors, and mediation, as needed, to facilitate communication and conflict resolution between students and agency field supervisors. These positions will be responsible for completing paperwork and tracking data related to all aspects of field administration. These positions will primarily support the MSW@Denver and Denver Campus MSW programs.


Participate as a faculty member in faculty governance, GSSW, and University service, to include meetings, committee work, special projects, and other roles, as requested.

Community Engagement

Participate in service to the profession to include involvement in professional organizations and societies and activities that impact the profession of social work. The successful candidates will also provide service and leadership to the broader community, to include local, state, regional, national, and international settings and activities. Candidates will apply their professional expertise to assist community organizations with the intentionality to be of service. Candidates will seek opportunities to enhance the connection between the University and the community, and engage community partners in all facets of GSSW and the University.


The successful candidates will teach courses with a lens on integrating academic course work with field practice. Teaching will consist of approximately 1-3 credits per academic year, and may include online, face to face, and hybrid instruction. These positions may also take on lead faculty responsibilities for specific courses, including collaboration with course coordinators, and updating and modifying online and on campus course material. These positions will advise a designated load of graduate students. Responsibilities include providing professional guidance and acting as a professional mentor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of social work as a field of practice and an understanding of the role of field education in the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of systems of social and human services in order to build community relationships and advise students of fields of practice.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in mediation or conflict resolution.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to comfortably learn and navigate emerging technology, including use of database systems to manage and organize field functions.
  • Demonstrated autonomy in decision making.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability represent the Graduate School of Social Work in communities in a professional manner.

Required Qualifications
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)- accredited institution.
  • 5 years of relevant post-MSW practice experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with program management and/or administration.
  • 2 years of experience as a field instructor/task supervisor or field liaison for social work interns; additional years of experience in these roles, beyond 2 years, may count towards fulfilling the required 5 years of relevant post-MSW practice experience.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by April 9, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate's sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Names and contact information for three references that can provide a letter of recommendation (letters will be requested from the candidates that make it to the final stage of the interview process).

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: March 16, 2021
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