Adjunct Lecturer: Social Work and the Law

School of Social Work
Adjunct Lecturer: Social Work and the Law

The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is soliciting part-time adjunct instructor/lecturer for the MSW program to teach one or two online course(s) of SOCW 589: Social Work and the Law starting Fall 2017. This course prepare social workers to understand legal issues of special relevance to social work practice; and includes legal topics related to poverty, family relationships, racial, ethnic and sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, crime and delinquency, legal authority of social agencies and regulation of the profession. The courses will be taught online, with a 90-minute scheduled online synchronous session each week.

All instructor/lecturers, including those instructor/lecturers who teach online classes are required to attend an Adjunct Orientation and Teaching Workshop.  These workshops are held once a year at the School of Social Work in Urbana. Participants must pay their own travel expenses. The 2017 retreat is scheduled for May 20th. The Adjunct Search Committee will screen applicants to determine whether they are a good fit for our program. If approved by the Adjunct Search Committee, applicants will be placed in a pool of potential adjunct instructor/lecturers.  Becoming a member of the pool does not guarantee an appointment, but does ensure consideration for adjunct teaching opportunities based on the needs of the School of Social Work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparation for class (approximately 2 hours per week per course)
  • Teaching (1.5 synchronous hours per week)
  • Grading required coursework
  • Virtual office hours (1.5 hours per week per course)
  • Adapt a course syllabus from the master syllabus that will be provided to the applicant
  • Participate in one required Adjunct Orientation and Teaching Workshop annually and in additional training and mentoring sessions

Minimum Requirements:
A Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master’s degree in social work or other social or family science area. Prior relevant teaching or training experience, including online teaching experience is preferred. Prior research experience is preferred.

Application Process
To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by April 4, 2017.  Interviews and hires may take place prior to the closing date.  Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter that addresses your interest in teaching as an adjunct instructor/lecturers, area(s) of expertise, curriculum vita, and the name, email address, and phone numbers of three references.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jaime Waymouth at For more information about this adjunct teaching opportunity. you may contact a member of the Adjunct Search Committee through Jaime Waymouth. You may also visit for information about the School.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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