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Clinical Field Education Faculty of Social Work

School of Social Work Los Angeles, California

Clinical Field Education Faculty of Social Work Positions

University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

About the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The USC Suzanne Dworak-PeckSchool of Social Work is recognized as one of the most innovative in the nation.  Our research and teaching environment is vibrant, interdisciplinary, and highly supported.  We provide educational leadership in the areas of behavioral health; child and family systems; aging; organizations and policy transformation; social work in non-profit, governmental and private sector contexts; housing insecurity; serious mental illness; and military health. Our transformative approach to virtual instruction is recognized as groundbreaking.  Our commitment to advancing the science of social work has generated a new dialogue throughout the profession.

In 2015, the School embarked on a process of revising its curriculum and developing a departmental structure.  Although highly collaborative, we now organize students and faculty into one of three social work departments: (1) Adult Mental Health and Wellness; (2) Children, Youth and Families; and (3) Social Change and Innovation. We are also home to the USC School of Social Work Department of Nursing.  To learn more about our Departments and School, please visit our website at:

Qualifications Sought

Clinical teaching field faculty must hold a MSW with a minimum of five years of experience.  A PhD, DSW, or doctorate in an allied field is preferred.  Candidates must be able to teach evidence based practices, as well as field lab classes and integrative seminars.  Leadership in dissemination of ideas and educational expertise to the profession, community constituents, and other stakeholders is also an expectation.  Effective communication skills and experience as a field instructor and/or field liaison are essential, together with support for the School’s strong orientation to the science of social work. 

Applicants with exceptional credentials in a variety of expertise will be considered. We are particularly interested in faculty with expertise in child welfare, juvenile justice, military science, integrated care, and Alzheimer’s research.  In keeping with our focus on diversity and global issues, we seek faculty who have strong scholarship profiles involving Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and/or African-American populations. 


Clinical field faculty teach six classes each year in a variety of flexible teaching arrangements which factor in assignments as field liaisons and student placement responsibilities. Like all faculty at USC, they are expected to contribute to scholarship through publications, presentations, and trainings.  Scholarship by our clinical field faculty is focused on educational assessment, innovative pedagogy, field education curriculum policies, and related issues.  Clinical field faculty hold responsible leadership roles nationally and within the Department, School, and University.


Initial appointments are made for three years, with annual performance review, followed by continuing appointments subject to school and university policies   Clinical field faculty are appointed at the instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor ranks, with opportunities for promotion and other forms of School and University recognition.


Available position(s) are located at the University Park Campus in Los Angeles and/or in the Virtual Academic Center (VAC), which is organized into four geographic regions and enrolls students from the 50 states and territories of the US.  For the VAC, clinical field faculty candidates may only apply if they live in the corresponding region in which the position is posted.  This VAC opening is in the Northwest Region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY. Please also note that some travel is required for all full time VAC faculty during the academic year, including initial orientation and annual faculty retreats in Los Angeles, as well as participation in other key events across the country.

Application Procedure

Please submit: (1) a letter of application outlining experience in field education, classroom instruction, curriculum development, agency liaising, placement development and/or field instruction within a community agency; (2) evidence of teaching performance; (3) a curriculum vita; and (4) contact information for three academic references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and early application is strongly encouraged.  The priority deadline for applicants is May 31st, 2017. 

Applicants will receive written notification from the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Emily Putnam-Hornstein & Jeremy T. Goldbach when the file is complete.  Please email the search staff coordinator, Matt Robison at in the event of any difficulties with our online system.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, color, gender, creed, and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

REQ20044516 Posted Date: 05/19/2017

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