Acting Director of Practicum Education
- Valparaiso University
- Valparaiso, Indiana
- Faculty Jobs
- Professional Fields, Social Work
- Position Type
- Assistant Professor
- Employment Type
- Full Time
- Institution Type
- Four-Year Institution
Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Acting Director of Practicum Education at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor, in Social Work (https://www.valpo.edu/social-work/). Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society. Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.
The successful candidate will serve as the Acting Director of Practicum Education and teach courses in social work and practicum education, with an 18-credit teaching load, 6-credit administrative load, plus additional program and campus citizenship activities. This is anticipated to be a two-year, time-limited, non-tenure-track position. Programmatic and preparation elements will occur over the summer on a limited basis but there is no expectation of teaching classes over the summer. In 2023, the position would likely begin around May 1, 2023 related to program training and transition.
Candidates must have an MSW in Social Work by the start of the fall semester (August 23, 2023). A preferred candidate will have at least two years of post-MSW experience, though the most important qualifications with be someone with a) an understanding of BSW social work programs at small universities, b) an ability to be a quick learner and contributor at regular program meetings/events, c) have a public speaking presence, d) an attention to detail and organization, e) technology experience including Blackboard, f) a commitment to be readily present at student-related events and trips on and off campus, and g) an understanding of the local Valparaiso and regional social service agencies and community. Preferred candidates will have experience with micro/clinical social work, generalist practice, accreditation, and supervision. Graduates of the Valpo Social Work Program with prior knowledge of the program’s curriculum, size, history and values are preferred and are strongly encouraged to apply.
As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities. Candidates with a broad range of underrepresented social identities and college experiences (such as 1st generation, second career, commuter) are encouraged to apply. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page teaching/mentoring statement with your philosophy on approach to pedagogy and mentoring, and contact information for three references to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/120835. In your cover letter, please include brief statements of (a) how you might contribute to the university’s and program’s distinctive missions, (b) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body with a broad range of lived experiences, and (c) your vision for how you would contribute to the VU social work program and community as a teacher, mentor, and colleague. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the search committee will contact these references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.
Employment will require a satisfactory criminal background check. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on January 30th until March 15th; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for timely consideration.
Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.
In its more than 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871. It was revived in 1873 by an enterprising educator, Henry Baker Brown, as the Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University.
Despite its decades of success, the University again experienced financial hardship as the United States entered World War I. The Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University, purchased it in 1925, ushering in the modern era of Valpo’s history. Distinguished by its Lutheran heritage of scholarship, freedom, and faith, Valparaiso University continues to fulfill the dreams of these modern founders.
The University’s 350-acre campus is located one hour southeast of Chicago, 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and within walking distance of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, where you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops as well as independent boutiques, entertainment, and cultural experiences.
Valpo is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from nearly all regions of the United States and more than 30 other countries.
Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Christ College — The Honors College. The Graduate School offers more than 20 graduate programs that are fully integrated into three academic colleges and hold the appropriate accreditation in their field.
Students complement their classroom experiences with applied, practical experiences to prepare for their careers. They work closely with their peers, are mentored by accomplished faculty, and reach across disciplines, putting theory into practice. Whatever the degree path, students receive an innovative, rigorous education within the liberal arts tradition and learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems with creative solutions.
Valparaiso University consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff.
Notable rankings by U.S. News & World Report include:
- No. 4 in the ranking of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, which evaluates academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni support.
- No. 1 among regional universities in the Midwest for best undergraduate teaching, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
- No. 1 in the Best Value category in the Midwest regional universities, with 93 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through grants, scholarships and other sources.
- No. 3 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.
- The ABET-accredited College of Engineering is the No. 14 best undergraduate engineering program in the country.
- The AACSB-accredited College of Business is included as one of the Best Business Programs in the nation.
“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”
At Valpo, we embrace our distinctive Lutheran character through our pursuit of academic excellence informed by faith and reason. The interaction of faith and learning provides a solid foundation for our educational community, where we are dedicated to serving humanity through the vigorous pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge.
Our University strives to be a place where fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect — a place where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction.
A Valpo education encourages students to pursue paths God’s light illuminates, igniting promise and possibility, sparking an inner flame for all who learn here. It is about preparing good people to do great things in a world that needs them.
Passion is Who We Are
At Valpo, students are inspired to discover their passions and pursue a life of purpose.
Valparaiso University is an institution dedicated to preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. At Valpo, students receive an education global in scope and grounded in faith, designed to prepare graduates to lead and serve where needed, impacting their lives and improving our world. We are a community of people who seek Truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.
The University is composed not only of extraordinary students, but faculty and staff who trust in and support the University’s mission to grow and guide students on their journey.
We have a responsibility at this University to provide the support systems and opportunities — academic and extracurricular — needed to prepare more of the kind of leaders the world needs. With this in mind, we embrace the opportunity to welcome new employees to the Valpo family who embrace the Valpo experience, elevate and transform the lives of students while on campus, and shape their futures for the better.
The University’s nearly 60,000 alumni living around the world excel in a number of fields and are well-known for their service work and efforts to improve the world. In order to continue this legacy, we seek to build a faculty and staff who will shape the next generation of Valpo women and men, propelling them to even greater levels of achievement and distinction.
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