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Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor - Social Work

Northern Arizona University
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Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor - Social Work

Location: NAU - Yuma
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606206
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Special Information

The Northern Arizona University Department of Social Work and Yuma Branch Campus Bachelor of Social Work Program is conducting a national search to fill a non-tenure track, academic year full time faculty position in Social Work at the rank of Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor to be located in Yuma, Arizona.

The Northern Arizona University Social Work Department offers CSWE-accredited BSW and MSW degree programs, with program options on the NAU Yuma Branch Campus, Flagstaff Mountain Campus, and Online Campus. We employ a cohort model and are committed to utilizing technology and service learning as principles to support our teaching in Social Work. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with the Yuma BSW Site Coordinator, Department of Social Work Field Director, academic advising staff, the Social Work Department Chair, and other department faculty/staff on both the Yuma Branch Campus and the Flagstaff Mountain Campus. This is a nine (9) month position, with Field Coordination responsibilities for the Yuma Branch Campus BSW option, teaching three (3) social work courses per semester, student mentoring, and program service activities, including committees, curriculum development, and program planning. This position is teaching focused, non-tenure eligible, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor, depending upon experience. The position is expected to be continuing, with potential for promotion. Renewal is contingent on performance, continued funding and department needs.

The Yuma Branch Campus of Northern Arizona University is located on the grounds of Arizona Western College, the local community college, in Yuma, AZ. The branch campus serves a vital and growing local and regional community. The campus is about 17 miles from the Mexican border and the State of Sonora.

The Yuma NAU Bachelor of Social Work program option has a unique focus on U.S.-Mexico border issues and populations. The program is offered to a very diverse student population primarily through face-to-face delivery. Several other social science related programs support the Social Work BSW program. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. NAU-Yuma provides opportunities to work with faculty and students in established partnerships with U.S. community colleges and Mexican universities in Baja Norte and Sonora, Mexico.

Job Description

The primary focus of this position is teaching upper division social work courses for the Bachelor of Social Work program and coordination of the Field Education component of the NAU-Yuma social work program site. A demonstrated connectedness to the discipline of Social Work is expected. The program prepares students to provide professional service to diverse individuals, groups and communities. This faculty member will report through the Department of Social Work on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, but will serve as an engaged and collaborative colleague to the Arts and Sciences Division on the Yuma Branch Campus and the NAU-Yuma community. The faculty member is expected to serve as a student mentor in their local area. The position requires teaching, service, and professional development activities. Courses will include fieldwork, courses in the successful applicant's area of interest and courses that fit departmental needs. A successful annual review is dependent on a demonstrated connectedness to the profession, positive teaching reviews and departmental/university service. The faculty member is expected to serve on department, university and campus committees and assist with program development. The successful candidate will serve as a resource to academic advisors and recruiters. Summer teaching is available for additional compensation.

Field Education responsibilities include:
  • Provide support and training to Field Instructors and Field Liaisons;
  • Collaborate with enrolled NAU-Yuma students to locate potential field education sites in student's community;
  • Pre-screen potential field education sites prior to placement of student to ensure compliance with CSWE EPAS for field education;
  • Pre-screen students prior to placement with field education agency and preparedness for internship;
  • Implement field education policies and procedures;
  • Complete field placement process with students in approved agency;
  • Engage in systematic evaluation activities specific to field education;
  • Assist in preparing reports needed for CSWE;
  • Provide support for field symposiums and other special events, as needed;
  • Assist the Director of Field Education with updates to the Field Education manual related to the Yuma program option;
  • Collaborate with the Field Director and Field Education team in development of field education policies, procedures, plans, and curriculum.

    Minimum Qualifications

    For the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor:
    • An earned Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program
    • Two years of post-MSW practice experience

    For the rank of Associate Clinical Professor:
    • Minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, and
    • Experience with program administration and/or development

      Preferred Qualifications

      For the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor:
      • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
      • Three or more years of post-MSW practice experience
      • The equivalent of two or more years of college or university teaching
      • Knowledge of online technologies demonstrated by prior use/experience
      • Demonstrated ability to organize and teach fieldwork placement courses
      • Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse faculty, staff and student environment
      • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and working with first-generation minority students
      • Demonstrated experience teaching remote courses to augment face-to-face teaching
      • Proficiency in elementary Spanish language

      For the rank of Associate Clinical Professor:
      • Preferred qualifications for the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, and
      • An earned Ph.D. in Social Work or closely related field from an accredited institution
      • Ten or more years of post-MSW practice experience
      • The equivalent of five or more years of college or university teaching

      General Information

      Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

      Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

      While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

      Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

      For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

      COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

      As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

      Background Information

      This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


      Commensurate with experience.


      This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

      Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

      NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

      Submission Deadline

      This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 23, 2022.

      How to Apply

      To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606206, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

      Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

      If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

      If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

      FLSA Status

      This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

      EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

      NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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