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Assistant Professor, Social Work
Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Date Posted 12/19/2019
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Social Work
Salary $44,394-$66,591/academic yr. -  
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Open Internally or Externally


If faculty, tenure track status

Tenure Track

Reports to (title)

Associate Dean, Social Work


Social Work

Requisition Number


Position Type


Job Category




Initial Work Location

Taylorsville Redwood Campus

Starting Salary

$44,394-$66,591/academic yr.

Job Open Date


Open Until Filled


Priority Review Date


Job Summary

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body in the state. SLCC’s values include collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, and trust serving more than 60,000 students on 8 campuses, including an eLearning virtual campus. SLCC is located in the vibrant and economically stable urban environment of the Great Salt Lake Valley.

Salt Lake City residents enjoy access to numerous recreational venues including world class skiing, mountain climbing, Southern Utah’s Red Rock country, and five state-wide National Parks. Salt Lake City hosts professional sporting events such as basketball, soccer, Triple A baseball, alpine events, the Salt Lake Marathon, and was host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Downtown Salt Lake City is also home to a variety of art galleries, the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and various restaurants and brew pubs. The Sundance Film Festival annually draws 46,000 attendees, making Utah one of the centers of the independent film industry.

Salt Lake City boasts a rich and celebrated diversity. Multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events and festivals highlight many groups throughout the year. Pioneer Days, featuring one of the largest and oldest parades in the nation, the annual Pride Festival, Salt Lake Greek Festival, and various Cinco de Mayo and Pacific Island celebrations. In addition to the wide variety of religious faiths represented, Salt Lake City has a vibrant and active LGBTQ community as well as a reputable refugee center.

Salt Lake Community College is dedicated to engaging and supporting students from all cultures, abilities, and ages, including English Language Learners (ELL) from around the world, underserved, first generation, and refugee students. Additionally, rapidly changing student demographics, including students from Hispanic/Latino/Latina backgrounds establish students of color as a top priority for the entire college. The Education Department serves students from various backgrounds, bringing a variety of social literacies, critical thinking skills, knowledges, languages, and life experiences to all classrooms.

Salt Lake Community College, in collaboration with the Education Department, seeks to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. Faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge are actively recruited. Salt Lake Community College values faculty with experience and/or theoretical understanding of the value of high-impact practices (HIPs) for traditionally underserved and underrepresented student populations.


Under general supervision, the faculty member will prepare and teach lecture, hybrid, and distance-learning Education (EDU) courses as assigned by the department. This position will include the development and teaching of education courses, including courses within the faculty member’s area of expertise. The faculty member will serve the department, school, college, and larger community by attending both general and discipline-specific forums and meetings. Faculty are expected to serve on College and Department committees, community committees, engage with the community in multiple roles, and mentor departmental adjunct faculty. The faculty member will also participate in professional development activities.

The faculty member will teach an average of 15 instructional units (credit hours) per semester in the Education Program at Salt Lake Community College. Regular full-time faculty members teach assigned day, evening, and weekend classes in accordance with established guidelines and policies. Faculty participate in advising, committee assignments, academic and institutional support activities, and supervisory responsibilities, as assigned. Much of the assigned teaching load may consist of introductory courses including the coordination of Concurrent Enrollment courses in local high schools. Duties will include participation in curriculum development and coordination of the periodic review of the Education Program in collaboration with other faculty members.

Starting salary is commensurate with degrees and experience with a starting salary range for a nine-month contract (Fall and Spring semesters) of approximately $44,394-$66,591. Depending on departmental need, a summer contract equal to approximately 18% – 20% of the nine-month contract total may also be available. Compensation for the nine-month contract will be paid out over twelve months. The faculty member is eligible for the College’s generous benefits package, which includes insurance coverage and retirement contributions.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties


Familiarize and abide by all college policies with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the organization.

Maintain professional etiquette in communications with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Work closely with department peers and administrators to understand processes and procedures leading to success as a contributing teacher and member of the academic unit.


Create an effective, supportive learning environment for students regardless of delivery method.

Teach courses consistent with department procedures, the appropriate Course Curriculum Outline (CCO), and catalog description.

Provide each student with a syllabus (paper or online) on the first day of class that complies with department procedures and CCO.

Teach assigned classes during the required contact hours at the scheduled time and place.

Demonstrate incorporation of active and applied learning in courses taught (hands‐on and engaged activities).

Provide appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments.

Promote development of critical thinking among students.

Actively participate in the update and production of new curriculum development and related activities as a contributing team member of the program area, department, campus, college, and state.

Maintain and post current teaching schedule. Maintain a significant campus presence, responding to instruction and daily needs of students, departments, college, and community. Meet with students outside of class a minimum of 5 hours/week in person or on‐line.

Be available to teach courses at times directed by academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The department recommends final teaching assignments with the final decision determined by the Academic Administrator.

Return graded assignments in a timely fashion per department standards.

Consistently improve course quality, design, and course integrity through participation in college‐wide assessment of student learning.

Maintain student attendance records (for Financial Aid purposes) and grades.

Conduct a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance. Inform students of progress to date periodically and assign and submit grades by published deadlines.

Assist in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment. Prepare and submit incident reports to the Dean of Student Services for inappropriate student behavior as defined by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.

Use appropriate resources and technology in the delivery of courses.

Collaborate with colleagues for instructional improvement.

Maintain professional and collegial behavior as defined in the Faculty Handbook.

Coordinate and supervise field experience and Service Learning projects, as assigned.

Respond to voicemail and email communication promptly (generally within 1‐ 2 contract days).

Meet all deadlines.

Maintain professional appearance as defined by the discipline and/or College procedure.

Partner with the college to provide innovation and improve the learning environment.

Promote support for the mission, vision, values, and goals of the College by incorporating culturally‐competent pedagogy and inclusive practices.


Maintain necessary educational credentials, professional skills, and demonstrated teaching competencies consistent with department standards.

Solicit feedback and implement suggestions from students and peers, when appropriate.

Expand knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.

Promote professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in‐service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by departments.

Participate in collegial mentoring relationship, serving as mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.

Engage in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.

Serve community partners as content area experts, when needed.

Complete required training and participate in professional development.


Provide service to the institution through appropriate participation in academic and campus committee assignments. Offer adequate service on at least one department, school, or college‐wide committee.

Promote, model, and exhibit the College Values with colleagues, students, and community stakeholders.

Respond to discussions and requests for department work in timely manner (e.g. answers email, completes task assignments, etc.)

Mentor new faculty as assigned.

Serve on tenure sitting committees for department colleagues, when appropriate.

Know and enforce FERPA guidelines and other pertinent federal regulations.

Assist in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.

Review and recommend program textbooks and/or materials.

Attend Convocation, Professional Development Day, Commencement and other institutional meetings (e.g. department meetings).

Handle/respond to student concerns/complaints.

Assume an active role in the student advising process, formal, and/or informal, per departmental guidelines.

Meet with and update counseling office. Update and maintain advising materials per departmental guidelines.

Develop and/or participate in student recruitment and retention strategies. (Career and Majors Fair, Pathways to Professions, informal outreach, etc.)

Assist with assessment of credit for prior learning, as needed.

Participate in the formulation and implementation of department initiatives.

Evaluate and revise program offerings/materials on an ongoing basis and develop new curricula, as needed.

Participate in strategic planning. Monitor the institutional effectiveness and accountability process.

Provide leadership and instructional integrity through classroom observation, mentoring and evaluation of part‐time employees. Serve on tenure sitting committees, as needed. Participate in state‐level issues, as requested.

Report maintenances issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate authorities.

Maintain inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies, storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and request appropriate equipment repair.

Actively participate in the informed budget process.

Identify budgetary needs and priorities within the program, as applicable.

Other duties as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued

Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

• Full or part time experience teaching face-to-face and/or online courses in the social work department of an accredited institution of higher education.
• Ability to teach Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training (SUDTTC) courses.
• Clinical license (LCSW) in social work (State of Utah preferred).
• Ability and willingness to teach online courses and supervise social work internship students.
• Expertise in multicultural theory, High Impact Practices (HIPs) and/or pedagogical practices including a theoretical understanding of and demonstrated experience in teaching students from diverse and underserved populations. It is necessary that the applicant also possess a theoretical understanding of diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. This includes students with disabilities.
• Fluent in American Psychological Association (APA) formatting.
• Experience in grant writing and grant management.
DSW or PhD. in Social Work from a regionally accredited college or university.
• Demonstrated commitment to improving access and retention to higher education for students from under-represented communities and who are traditionally under-represented in higher education.
• Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities that maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external students and colleagues.
• Applicant must have a rigorous understanding of the scholarship, theory, and practice of teaching and learning. This includes a demonstrated experience in the practice of teaching and learning pedagogy, research methods and design, and integrated curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications

• Completed Master’s degree (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited college or university.
- Evidence of current licensure as a social worker.
- A minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience.
- A minimum of two years full-time or four years part-time paid experience teaching higher education courses.
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Computer literacy skills as they relate to on-line teaching.
- Strong commitment to student success.
- Cultural-competence in practice and curriculum development.
-The ability to communicate and work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Special Instructions

Priority Review Date: February 28, 2020. All applications submitted by this date will receive priority review.

The following are requirements to complete the application:
A) Cover letter- Please address your ability to effectively communicate and work with students in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background.
B) Resume/Vitae
C) Copies of university/college transcripts;
D) Copy of teaching license

Candidates may be asked to provide a teaching portfolio and/or annotated syllabi.
Selected finalist will be required to participate in a teaching demonstration and to provide letters of recommendation from individuals who have observed the candidate in a teaching environment.

SLCC HR Dept will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalist. In addition, Official Transcripts from the selected finalist are required before offering employment.

Faculty salaries are commensurate upon higher education and experience. SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. Please review SLCC’s Benefits Summary located on our jobsite’s webpage:



SLCC Information

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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