Skip to main content
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Are you interested in Northeastern? Come to our One Stop Enrollment Express on August 14! More information »

Assistant Professor of Social Work - Field Education 

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications to fill a full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor, beginning Spring 2018. This position is primarily in the MSW program, although there will be opportunities to teach and collaborate at the BSW level.

Responsibilities include managing all programmatic and administrative aspects of the field education and service learning components of the program, student advisement and mentoring, and teaching in the field seminar and practicum graduate social work courses. This faculty position will work closely with the BSW field team and will oversee the MSW Field Education Program. The position is a twelve-month, full-time appointment reporting to the Department Chair and MSW Program Director. This tenure track position chairs the MSW Field Education Committee as well as participates in the MSW Curriculum Committee to ensure coordination of the practicum curriculum with other courses. It is also expected to work with agency supervisors and field liaisons to maintain and develop field placements within the social work community, while managing and supervising all field-related activities.

Specific duties include: coordination and integration of the field education program, ensuring compliance with the Council on Social Work Education’s standards; development and implementation of a continuous, comprehensive field education program evaluation plan; recruitment of qualified agencies for student placements; joint administration of field related issues with coordinators of funding programs such as the Title IV-E; oversees the maintenance of files on field agency agreements and letters of understanding.; participation, when necessary, in the resolution of problems occurring in placements; supervising the maintenance of the field database which includes current student and agency information; updating and maintaining the program Field Manual; developing and updating Field Seminar syllabi; supervising the administrative support staff in work related to the field education program; planning and implementation of training seminars for agency field instructors; plan and facilitate staff meetings for faculty field liaisons; attend Community Advisory Board meetings; attend faculty meetings and other relevant Departmental or University meetings; interface with the social service community and surrounding universities to maintain and build the Field Education program; other relevant duties as assigned. This position requires some evening and weekend work.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D in social work or a doctorate in a related field (e.g. Ed.D) and a MSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited institution. Three years of experience teaching in a social work program, and two years of supervising social work students in the field are required. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to teach, advise, and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Required knowledge and abilities: knowledge of community resources and agencies; strong communication and writing skills; effective supervisory and organizational skills; computer competence: ability to use Word, Excel, etc.; ability to form positive relationships with students and community supervisors; ability to develop curriculum and teach effectively; ability to work independently as well as with the faculty team. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity.

Preferred qualifications: Three years of experience teaching in a social work program and/or supervisory experience in a social work setting, an MSW and/or LCSW and an understanding of the State of Illinois system. We seek candidates committed to graduate teaching, online education, as well as research, service, and the mission of the University. 

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.


Send letter of application, transcript, curriculum vitae with current email address, statement of teaching philosophy and research plan, samples of publications or other examples of scholarly writing as one PDF file, and three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness) to Dr. Troy Harden, MSW Program Director, Social Work Department, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699. Electronic submissions should be sent to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.  

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.

Arts and Sciences

Contact Us

T (773) 442-5700

F (773) 442-5710

Contact Us

Back to Top