Master of Social Work - Part Time Faculty
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Job Description
Capella University seeks to hire Part-Time Faculty in the School of Public Service Leaderships' Master of Social Work program. Our faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the University while establishing and maintaining effective relationships with learners and colleagues. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as accreditation standards. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through practice in the discipline and scholarly activities which can inform teaching.

Essential Duties

Primary responsibilities of the Social Work Adjunctfaculty include:

    • Teach up to two (online) courses four times a year
    • Demonstrate knowledge of adult learning theory and practices
    • Build an online community conducive to the spirit of learning and continuous improvement in a positive, learner-focused environment
    • Ability to Teach Graduate level Advanced Generalist Practice Courses, Graduate Level Clinical Courses, Field Education courses and serving as a Field Faculty Liaison base on program needs.
    • Ability to teach across the MSW curriculum, based on practice and teaching expertise
    • Make a positive impact on learner retention and persistence
    • Knowledge of Council on Social Work Education EPAS
    • Attending quarterly department meetings
    • Establish a collegial relationship with Site Supervisors and host virtual site sites
    • Communicate effectively in written and oral form

Part-Time Faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis, resulting on average of 2 courses each term (approximately 8 credits of work). . Only part-time faculty members may participate in Mentoring or Committee Work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters. All faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid Faculty Development course as a pre-requisite for employment. This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella

Job Skills

  • Experience:
  • Experience teaching in higher education, teaching online,
  • Membership/affiliation in an educational leadership organization on a national, regional, and/or local level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to service and practice in the field of educational leadership
  • Experience with leadership through team engagement
  • Evidence of supporting learner success and a commitment to quality teaching outcomes.
  • Ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.
  • Experience presenting at professional conferences on a national and/or local level
  • Experience with scholarly writing and use of APA (6th edition) format.
  • Variety and Complexity of Work Expected:
  • Translating subject matter, and facilitating complex learning in a web-based environment
  • Resolving learner/academic focused problems relative to achievement of academic goals; requires independent judgment and decision making
  • Managing instructional load plus some administrative responsibilities
  • Managing faculty advising functions as needed by the school and/or program
  • Positively impacts learner retention and learner success
  • Willingness to teach courses and residencies for which they have not yet taught but are consistent with faculty member expertise
  • Acts under general guidance and collegial consultation regarding development of course content and providing constructive input regarding university practices
  • Performance Criteria: faculty will be assessed based upon their demonstration of personal drive to accomplish goals and consistently meet expectations; criteria includes the following (depending upon the type of activities assigned).
  • Evidence of high-quality learner interactions as demonstrated through:
  • Adhering to course room setup procedures and establishes rapport with learners
  • Facilitating course discussions ensuring active participation among learners creating entries at least 3-6 days per week
  • Responding to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours
  • Assessing learner assignments and engagement in a timely manner consistent with university and program requirements
  • Reporting at-risk learners to appropriate school staff and following case management protocols
  • End of course evaluations appropriately meet qualitative standards:
  • Quality of teaching, mentoring (if required), residency involvement
  • Contributions to the specialization/school or university
  • Demonstrates active interest in one's performance and is responsive to feedback
  • Disciplinary expertise as relevant to Capella needs
  • Ability to manage a breadth and depth of work activities and responsibilities:
  • Demonstrates a breadth of capability across a variety of learning activities
  • Demonstrates flexibility in managing workload
  • Achieves quality learning outcomes

Work Experience

  • Two years of practitioner and/or clinical experience (in order to be eligible to teach the practice courses)
  • Online Teaching experience
  • Field Education experience (teaching, liaison, or supervision), preferred
  • Use of technology to conduct live class sessions with learners and one on one learner advising, as needed .
  • Experience teaching in higher education. Online experience is preferred.
  • Experience with leadership through team engagement.
  • Evidence of supporting learner success and a commitment to quality teaching outcomes.
  • Experience presenting at professional conferences on a national and/or local level.
  • Experience with scholarly writing and use of APA 6th edition.
  • Membership/affiliation in an educational leadership organization on a national, regional, and/or local level.


    • MSW required from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program, and
    • Doctorate degree required from an accredited institution in Social Work or related area- to include Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Sociology or Education

    Certificates, licenses and registrations

    • Current Social Work licensure in state of residence, and willing to acquire Minnesota State licensure reciprocity, upon hire


    • Must be able to travel 0-10% of time.
    • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
    • Typical office setting.
    • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.
    • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.
    • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant
    • Access information using a computer.
    • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.
    • Effectively cope with stressful situations
    • Strong mental acuity
    • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.
    • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification

    If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete our application process, please contact our Human Resources Department at

    EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability


    Job Summary
    Start Date
    As soon as possible
    Employment Term and Type
    Regular, Part Time
    Required Education
    Required Experience
    2+ years
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