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Master of Social Work Director of Practicum Education

Employer
Valparaiso University
Location
Valparaiso, Indiana
Salary
Competitive

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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

Valparaiso University invites applications for the faculty position of MSW Director of Practicum Education (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 approximately 3,000 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 34,000 residents with high-quality schools and an active social community.

Valparaiso University is expanding its social work program to include both an in-person and online MSW program. The MSW Director of Practicum Education will be required to work in Valparaiso, IN.

The successful candidate will serve as the MSW Director of Practicum Education, with a minimum 51% appointment to the MSW program, and teach courses in social work and practicum education, typically with a 15-credit teaching load, 12-credit administrative load, plus additional program and campus citizenship activities. Programmatic and preparation elements will occur over the summer, including some teaching. The position would begin July 15, 2024, with an initial focus on program training and transition.

Candidates are expected to have an MSW from a CSWE-accredited institution with at least two years of post-MSW practice experience, with a clinical social work license strongly preferred. A DSW/PhD in Social Work is also preferred. Candidates will be committed to excellence in teaching and supporting inclusive and equitable student experiences. Additional important qualifications include someone with an understanding of social work programs at small universities, and the skills and supervision experience needed to support students and practicum instructors at multiple levels of social work practice both in-person and online. Relationship-building, organizational skills, and attention to detail are essential skills for the position.

The MSW Director of Practicum Education is expected to be a quick learner and contributor to regular program meetings and student-related events on and off-campus, and develop an understanding of the local Valparaiso university and regional context.

Our campus has an increasingly diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates with a broad range of diverse social identities and college experiences. Please submit a cover letter responding to the questions below, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/133448. In your cover letter, please address the following questions (a) how you might contribute to the university mission, (b) your philosophy for the kind of practicum work that MSW students can perform, (c) your approach for working with agencies both locally and online, and (d) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor/provide clinical supervision to a diverse student body with a broad range of lived experiences. 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 September 30th until November 30; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for timely consideration.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support its diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/general-counsel/policies/equal-opportunity-policy/ .

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Read our Diversity Profile About Valparaiso University

History

Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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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.

Location

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.

Enrollment

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.

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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.

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Distinctions

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.

Mission Statement

“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.

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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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219-464-5000
Location
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso
Indiana
46383
US

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