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Adjunct Faculty Member - College of Social Sciences / Social Work

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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Adjunct Faculty Member - College of Social Sciences / Social Work

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Purpose of Position:

The Social Work Program in CNU’s College of Social Sciences is accepting applications from prospective adjunct instructors to teach SOWK 301 (Social Work Practice I) and/or SOWK 301 Lab (Social Work Practice Lab and Junior Field Instruction) in Christopher Newport University’s undergraduate Social Work program.

Courses will be taught in the Fall 2024; each course meets once per week for 2 ½ hours and works well when teaching in tandem, though not required.

Specific topics covered and assignments can be tailored to the expertise of the professor; however, the syllabus and course objectives should fit with the general course rationale as described and consistent with standards of the Council on Social Work Education. The following provides a description of the courses and rationale for how each course fits with the major.

SOWK 301 (Social Work Practice I). This course is designed to develop beginning social work skills, knowledge, and values. Provides an introduction to the generalist approach, and planned change process with emphasis in working with individuals. Teaches skills in: client assessments, case management, service plan development and record keeping, evidence-based intervention strategies, evaluation of outcomes, and integration of these concepts with knowledge of diverse, racial, ethnic, and cultural patterns and through understanding of self. Students learn related theories/models such as the Stages of Change, Systems Theory, and understanding Motivation and Change. Examples of assignments include exams; genogram and life story paper; and group application of the planned change process.

Course Rationale:
Social Work Practice I provides core concepts in working with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Emphasis is on the use of micro-level skills and introduction to the planned change process. Students will learn about the role of micro social work in the profession overall, the functions and characteristics of generalist practice, and specific tools used in case management. Ethical considerations, cultural competence, and theory related to macro social work will be emphasized throughout the semester.

SOWK 301 Lab (Social Work Practice Lab and Junior Field Instruction) is an 80 to 120 clock-hour laboratory which experientially reinforces content in SOWK 301. It includes off-campus observation of Social Work agencies, limited experience in a community social service setting, development of foundational practice skills, learning through role-play exercises, and the use of video recording equipment. Teaches skills in engagement, use of self in the helping role, active listening, empathy, understanding body language, and interviewing techniques. Attention and application of ADEI is emphasized. Examples of assignments include: reflection papers, video recordings of skills, process recordings, and in-class participation.

Course Rationale:
Social Work Practice Lab and Junior Field Instruction provides students with hands on opportunities to learn and practice direct skills in working with individuals. Emphasis is developing interpersonal and communication skills necessary for successful interactions among different groups of individuals. This course serves as a gatekeeping tool for continuation in the social work major.

Departmental Information:

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology’s mission is to present the intellectual foundations of sociology, social work, anthropology, criminology and geography. Built on a strong liberal arts base, our programs are mindful of each discipline’s responsibility to mentor students who will be engaged citizens in a multicultural, diverse and global society. Our instructional mission is to provide students with knowledge and skills that are applicable to a broad range of settings, including the public and private sector, and to better prepare students to pursue graduate and professional degrees in sociology, social work, anthropology, criminology and related disciplines. In addition to these, the social work program prepares students for entry level social work practice. We emphasize each discipline’s core concepts, theories, bodies of knowledge, techniques of social research, the ability to think critically, and the clear expression of ideas, both written and oral. This educational mission promotes scientific and intellectual inquiry and fosters qualities of leadership. Finally, our programs advocate service to the community and Commonwealth. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit

CNU Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in the 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 4,500 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as the #1 public regional university in Virginia and #3 in the South. The campus, convenient to neighborhoods, parks and the James River, features stunning public art and grounds and classical architecture.

Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

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To apply, please submit the following: Cover letter describing qualifications, curriculum vitae (resume) detailing relevant teaching and/or professional experience, and Contact information for at least three references.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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Christopher Newport University and its employees demonstrate a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, as well as fully support the “Students First” value.

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