Job Information

University of Utah Director of BSW Field Education in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor (Clinical)

Department 00166 - College of Social Work

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin January 1, 2023


This is a 10-month position with an additional 2-month administrative increment. The BSW Field Director reports to the BSW Program Director, while working closely with the Substance Use Disorder Certificate ( SUDC ) program. Qualifications and responsibilities are outlined below:



  • An MSW from an accredited US institution and a minimum of 5 years of practice experience in professional social work
  • Active and in good standing licensure as an LCSW , and a minimum of 4 years of administrative leadership experience, preferably in academia or other social work or mental health focused organization
  • Experience with social work field education (field instruction, field teaching/coordination, or field administration)
  • Strong organizational and relationship building skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to engage diversity-related content within field practicum


  • Familiarity with social work roles, competencies and social work-related national organization missions and standards ( NASW , CSWE , ASWB )
  • Familiarity with social work regulatory laws, preferably as they relate to social work and substance use disorder licensing in the state of Utah
  • Familiarity with undergraduate social work curriculum
  • Experience in assisting in the development, and implementation of an educational curriculum
  • Experience with electronic and online information management and CANVAS
  • Strong problem-solving skills and professional judgement


The Director of Field Education for the BSW program has administrative oversight for undergraduate student interns and the BSW field education team. The Director and the team place and supervise students enrolled in BSW / SUDC field placements, and teach Practicum Seminar. As supervisor of the BSW field education team, the Director provides training and facilitates weekly team meetings. In addition, administrative responsibilities include participation in assigned college committees, budget management, curricular development, and the development and maintenance of collaborative relationships with community partners and agencies.

Student Oversight

  • Place, coordinate, and instruct students enrolled in BSW / SUDC field placements
  • Teach Practicum Seminar (up to 30 students)
  • Provide consultation in managing and documenting field-related student issues
  • Oversee and maintain documentation regarding student performance, in consultation with the BSW Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Staff/Faculty Oversight

  • Supervise the BSW field education team
  • Provide direct onboarding, training, and supervision of new hires
  • Facilitate weekly team meetings

Administrative and Curricular Oversight

  • Participate in BSW advisory meetings
  • Participate in College of Social Work leadership meetings
  • Co-Lead the Practicum Advisory Committee ( PAC )
  • Manage the BSW field education budget
  • Collaborate with the BSW Program Director for program reaccreditation, curricular changes, and oversight and application of policies and revisions to the policy handbook
  • Develop and maintain relationships with practicum agencies
  • Plan and lead BSW student/field faculty orientations

College, University, and Environment:

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation. Utah is home to 8 federally recognized Native American Tribes, and the University has articulated its statement of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement ( ).

The College of Social Work ( CSW ), established in 1937, is the only institution in the Intermountain West that offers all three degrees in social work: BSW , MSW , and PhD. The CSW houses a number of research entities providing faculty and students research opportunities and support for locating and managing external funding including: the Social Research Institute; the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; the Utah Criminal Justice Center; the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration; and the Goodwill Initiative on Aging. Currently, CSW faculty are conducting a number of federally funded, state-funded, and foundation-funded translational social research projects to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations in need. The College’s Goodwill Humanitarian Building features state-of-the-art clinical training suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for real-time clinical supervision and feedback, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience.

The Department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Application Process

Candidates should submit the following:

  • A letter of application detailing your interest and qualifications; please address ability to prepare, facilitate, and lead diversity-related content within an inclusive classroom and list specific BSW / MSW courses you are qualified to teach and your experience to date with field education
  • A full curriculum vitae
  • A list of three professional references with contact information (external to the University)
  • Copies of teaching evaluations for the last three years for in-person and online courses

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jeremiah Jaggers at (801) 581-7644,

Open Date 07/11/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00885CF

Type Faculty