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Instructor of Social Work (Non-Tenure Track)
College of Arts & Sciences
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
Full time
Full time faculty

The Department of Sociology and Social Work and the Dorothy Day Social Work Program at University of Portland invites applications for an Instructor of Social Work (non-tenure track) who will serve as the Director of Field Education to begin August 2020. This position will provide administrative oversight to University of Portland’s BSW Field Education program and will participate in the overall design, assessment, and development of the BSW curriculum. 

This is a nine-month, full-time, renewable faculty position that includes undergraduate teaching, administrative and community outreach responsibilities. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick time, tuition remission benefits, retirement contributions (generally after 2 years of employment), and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

Applications will be reviewed starting February 24, 2020. To secure priority consideration, all application materials should be submitted no later than February 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PST.


Administrative Responsibilities

Recruit and evaluate appropriate field learning sites

Place students in practicum sites and perform periodic site visits.

Travel to field sites throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area is required.

Teaching Responsibilities 

Conduct the year-long social work practicum seminar.

Teach an internship seminar for students in sociology, social work, and the psychological sciences.

Instruct in other undergraduate social work courses (specific courses to be determined).

Information about the Department of Sociology & Social Work
Located within the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Sociology & Social Work is a multi-disciplinary department offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.S.W.).  Grounded in Catholic social teachings, the Dorothy Day Social Work Program is dedicated to working with vulnerable and marginalized populations and affirms the values of human diversity, self-determination, sustainability, and community and global solidarity.  To achieve its goals, the social work program integrates a liberal arts foundation with social work values, skills, and knowledge to prepare students for service that is reflective, responsible, informed by scholarly knowledge, and responsive to the communities they serve.

Education and Experience

Required: MSW from a CSWE-accredited program.
Required: Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience and demonstrated knowledge of social work field education.
Required: Demonstrated knowledge, skills and success in diversity & inclusion work within or transferable to higher education (diversity & inclusion work should be described in the cover letter, as described below in the "application instructions").
Preferred: Knowledge of and experience with Portland-area human services and community-based organizations.
Preferred: Two years or more experience teaching undergraduates.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and success in diversity and inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter and/or teaching statement.

Application instructions

A complete application consists of the following:

-A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position and describing diversity & inclusion work.

-A curriculum vitae

-A statement of teaching effectiveness

-Contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 24, 2020. To secure priority consideration, complete applications (including all supporting material) should be submitted by February 24, 2020.


Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.