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Director of Field Experience and Assistant Professor of Social Work

Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA

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Faculty Jobs
Professional Fields, Social Work
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Buena Vista University’s School of Liberal Arts invites applications for the full-time, non-tenure track Director of Field Experience and Assistant Professor of Social Work in our CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work program. The position includes both Director of Field Experience duties and classroom teaching across the social work generalist curriculum. The individual in this position provides primary leadership and oversight of field education experiences and is the liaison with all field placements. The candidate should enjoy teaching at the college level. In addition to Field Practicum, possible courses include theory, practice, and policy. We are open to the candidate’s area(s) of specialization.

Other faculty responsibilities include student advising, partnering with community agencies, developing new partnerships, and participation in program development, assessment, and the maintenance of our CSWE accreditation. A course release is provided each semester for the person filling the Field Director position.

The Social Work Program has been continuously accredited by CSWE since its beginning in 1984 and expects to maintain high ethical and professional standards for preparing future social workers in Generalist Practice. Candidates must have an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program. An LCSW is preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of two years post-MSW full-time practice experience; five years of full-time, post MSW professional practice experience is preferred. Candidates should have a record of successful work with diverse populations and individuals, experience creating and developing community partnerships and supervising experience with students or staff. Teaching experience at the BSW level is strongly preferred.

This position may begin in January or August 2024 depending on the candidate’s preference.

Please submit your letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable but official copies required for appointment), teaching evaluation summaries, teaching philosophy statement, and current vita with the names of 4-6 references (including title, address, e-mail address, and telephone number). Please email your additional application materials to and they will be attached to your profile.

Review of applications will be ongoing and continue until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa and all applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer and especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to any aspect of the university’s diversity. A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.


Buena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since 1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blended liberal arts with real-world applications. BVU expands access to a quality education by empowering the people who propel Iowa forward in order to power rural vitality and personal prosperity. We foster an environment based on success both for our students and our employees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community. BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and was recently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. In 2000, BVU became the nation’s first “wireless community” when we gave laptop computers to all full-time students and faculty at the Storm Lake Campus. Through our commitment to rural Iowa, we currently have 15 bachelor’s degree completion locations across the state, as well as online bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities.

In Storm Lake you will find impressive amenities perfect for families, students, young professionals, and retirees alike. Residents and visitors enjoy an energetic downtown that is home to a variety of locally-owned retail stores that complement several national chains. There is an array of shopping, dining, and professional services, as well as a vibrant arts and multicultural environment. We are a diverse community in both population and opportunity. Most important, Storm Lake residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. Learn more at

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610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake

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