Adjunct Instructor - Social Work

Job Title: Adjunct Instructor - Social Work
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 39207
Hiring Department

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Social Work

Job Description

The UMKC School of Social Work invites applications for a part-time adjunct instructor in its Advanced Generalist MSW Degree Program. This position involves working with the MSW Program Director where there are not multiple sections in the construction of the course syllabus, including the requisite assessment criteria and measures.

The courses that are taught by social work adjuncts vary each semester and include both required courses and elective courses. Required courses focus on general social work practice, advanced social work practice, human development and theories, organization and community development and theories, research, program evaluation, policy, systemic oppression, and Capstone. Electives vary more so and generally are in a specific service sector, with a specific population or a specific topic, these can include social work practice in schools, health care, substance use disorders, gerontology, mental health, trauma, child welfare, ethics, violence, grief & loss, disabilities, immigrants & refugees, psychopathology, or groups. Applicants are strongly encouraged in their cover letter to articulate their social work practice areas of expertise.

The UMKC School of Social Work Mission is: Vision Statement: UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life. Mission Statement: To prepare competent, advance generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individual’s capacity to address their own needs.


  1. To prepare culturally proficient advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to provide human services for diverse populations.
  2. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and critical thinking.
  3. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to develop and implement multi-systemic, multi-level evidence-based practices.
  4. To prepare advanced generalist social workers that understand and identify with the social work profession and are committed to upholding the values and ethics of the profession that serve to guide professional practice.
  5. To prepare advanced generalist social workers to advocate for social and economic justice through collaboration with multicultural diverse communities.

UMKC is a comprehensive urban university in the land-grant tradition and training for the Advanced Generalist MSW is seen as an important part of that tradition.

Minimum Qualifications


  1. An MSW from a CSWE accredited program.
  2. A strong record of professional experience in areas specific to the course topic.
  3. An ability to help design and deliver with quality a course to meet its learning outcomes.
Preferred Qualifications

Previous teaching experience at the College or University level in Social Work.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a part-time position and employment is contingent upon class enrollment.

Application Deadline

Application materials are solicited on an ongoing basis to ensure we have a strong talent pool to source from in the event of a vacancy.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae and a list of references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, , %, etc.). If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

The University requires that we maintain an official copy of your higher education transcripts. If you have not already done so, please have an official copy of that transcript sent to the Office of School of Graduate Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences, attention: Heidi Updike, Rm. 225 Cherry Hall, 5030 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110 or at [email protected] prior to your appointment effective date. You must hold an MSW from a CSWE accredited program prior to the appointment effective date. Your appointment is contingent upon verification of your degrees and receipt of your transcript.


For further information about this position, please contact the Department Chair, Steven Onken via e-mail at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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