Contract Instructor Opportunities
Fall/Winter 2024-2025

Application Procedures and Deadlines

All applicants must apply using the electronic application at the end of this page, identifying each course for which they wish to be considered and submit an up-to-date CV by May 28, 2024*.

*Applications submitted after May 28th will not be considered until after the first round of applications are reviewed and assigned.

As per article 15.3 of the current CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, all applicants must apply to the Academic Department Head in writing and in relation to each course for which they wish to be considered. All applications must include an up-to-date CV, including a complete listing of all courses taught within the CUPE 4600 (Unit 2) bargaining unit at Carleton University. Applicants shall not be required to submit more than one (1) CV to each department. Other required documents must be relevant to judge qualifications and should not require applicants to provide details as to how they would shape or teach the course.  When applying to classes for which they have incumbency, applicants shall not be required to (re)submit documentation beyond their updated CV.

All candidates must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, CUPortfolio and other web-based teaching platforms.  The university may require all or part of courses to be delivered remotely, including online. Please note that, while we do our best to determine mode of delivery well in advance of the term, the decision of whether to offer a course in person or online rests with the University and is subject to change.

Apply here if you are interested in teaching a course in the School of Social Work in Fall/Winter 2024-25.

Apply here if you are interested in being a practicum faculty liaison with the School of Social Work in Fall/Winter 2024-25.


Fall 2024 Term (0.5 credit courses)

SOWK 1001 Introduction to Social Work [Core Course] – posted until June 13, 2024

Explores definitions of social welfare and the structure of the Canadian welfare state; evolution and devolution of the welfare state in Canada; social welfare and its relationship to social work, social change, and social justice.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW experience working in the areas of social policy and social work practice.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Management ability to coordinate and communicate with a team of Teaching Assistants, to manage a large class of students, and familiarity with on-line and distance education.
Designated Modality In Person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * Yes
Anticipated Enrollment 115

SOWK 2005 Values and Ethics for Social Work [Core Course]

Focuses on knowledge and skills for ethical decision-making in social work; understanding social work values and ethics, accountability and the professional use of self.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW practice.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social policy and/or practice courses in social work or other social science disciplines and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must be familiar social work values and ethics both in terms of the Code of Ethics and dealing with ethical situations in social work practice. An understanding of critical and anti-oppressive approaches to professional ethic is beneficial.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.
Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 35

SOWK 2202 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families [Core Course]

Understand and develop skills required for working with individuals and families; active listening; use of self; engagement; rapport-building; interviewing and interventions; empathy; interpersonal and professional collaboration; supervision.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years recent social work clinical practice post-MSW.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated recent social work experience working with individuals and families.  Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to apply multiple social work approaches to work with individuals and families.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 30

SOWK 2203 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Groups and Communities [Core Course]

Introduces students to theory and practice skills for group work and community work; structural social work with groups and communities.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years recent post-MSW practice with groups and communities.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated social work knowledge and experience working with groups and communities.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 30

SOWK 3001 Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work [Core Web-Based Course]

This course explores research methods used in social work; research paradigms; qualitative and quantitative analysis in social work and social welfare; stages in conducting research.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Advanced expertise conducting and coordinating both quantitative and qualitative social work research.  Expertise in research design.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching both quantitative and qualitative research methods and design and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidate will have demonstrated work experience conducting quantitative and qualitative social work research for agencies, organizations and/or community groups.
Designated Modality Online – Synchronous Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * Yes
Anticipated Enrollment 85

SOWK 4001 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families [Core Elective]

Advanced theory, methods, techniques, and skills for direct social work practice with individuals and families; individual and family assessments, treatment planning, intervention skills, and evaluation.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW experience working in social work practice.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated social work experience working with individuals and families.  Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to apply multiple social work approaches to work with individuals and families.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 25

SOWK 4300 Social Work and Persons with Disabilities [Core Elective offered online via Zoom]

This course focuses on social work theory and practice with persons with disabilities. Structural analysis of theory, models, policies and practices; disability rights; critical analysis of medical model and ableism.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW experience working in the field of disabilities.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching and learning platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated understanding of critical disability studies and recent experience working with persons living with disabilities.
Designated Modality Online – Synchronous Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * Yes
Anticipated Enrollment 45

SOWK 5012 Social Work Research Foundations [Core Course]

Foundations of social work research with a focus on understanding evidence-informed practice. Students will learn how to understand research to inform social work practice, and how to use research in social work practice.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW or related degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have five years post-MSW experience with research and/or program evaluation as a core component of their practice. Familiarity and comfort with both qualitative and quantitative methods is required, including a critical perspective on research methods. Experience with published research is an asset.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms, as necessary.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated experience designing and conducting community-based research and/or program evaluation, including developing surveys or interview guides, data collection and analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 30

SOWK 5016 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Biopsychosocial theories and practice models (i.e., psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, narrative) for working with individuals and families in a contemporary practice environment. A critical approach to theories and models.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW or related degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have five years post-MSW clinical practice experience with individuals and families.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms, as necessary.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of theories and approaches to social work practice with individuals and families.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 25

SOWK 5701/SOWK 4209 Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are centrally woven into nearly all aspects of social work practice. This said, grief and loss are not often talked about, and in a death-denying and grief avoidant culture, we can find ourselves experiencing and supporting others who are living with grief and loss. In this course, students will be introduced to issues of grief and loss that occur across individual, familial, relational, and intergenerational life course(s), and we will examine how social workers can work with clients through the grief and mourning process. Loss comes in many forms and this course will examine loss in a broad context, including but not limited to death.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW or related degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have five years post-MSW experience working with people who are experiencing grief and loss. Familiarity and comfort with grief and loss theories, and experience drawing on varying models, approaches and interventions with individuals, families (including chosen families), neighbourhoods, and communities who are experiencing grief, loss, and/or mourning. Experience working with people who are experiencing or living with grief and loss across different life stages, situations, sites, relationships, and generations is required. Experience working with individuals and communities who are living with stigmatized losses, including grief which is disenfranchised and/or suffocated due to structural vulnerabilities, power and oppression is particularly an asset.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms, as necessary.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how grief and loss is woven tightly across social work practice, and the critical need for direct, community-based, hospital-based and broader public health contexts to actively address grief, loss and mourning.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 45

Winter Term 2025 (0.5 credit courses)

SOWK 1002 Introduction to Social Work [Core Course]

Introduction to the profession of social work; evolution of the social work profession in Canada; social work knowledge, values and skills. Explores professional and regulatory social work bodies and international linkages.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW experience working in social work practice.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Management ability to coordinate and communicate with a team of Teaching Assistants, to manage a large class of students, and familiarity with on-line and distance education.
Designated Modality In Person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * Yes
Anticipated Enrollment 115

SOWK 2301 Working with Children and Youth [Web-based Course]

Preventative and protective social work intervention with children and youth. Issues addressed include child neglect, abuse and violence in the context of family; organizational mandate and social political contexts. Programs and services for children and youth.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Expertise in direct intervention with child protection practice and work with children and youth.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must have demonstrated significant work experience in direct social work practice with children and youth and child protection.
Designated Modality Online Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * Yes
Anticipated Enrollment 175

SOWK 4002 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups [Core Elective]

Advanced theory, methods, techniques, and skills for social work with groups; knowledge of group work and various group formats; and social work interventions in group process.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ experience in social work practice with groups.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the history, theories and models of social work practice with groups.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 25

SOWK 4303 Gender and Sexuality [Core Elective]

Social work and social, political, institutional and economic relations shaping everyday experiences of gender and sexuality and implications for contemporary social work.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW experience in the area of gender and sexuality policy and practice.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of social work and social, political, institutional, and economic relations shaping gender and sexuality in Canada.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 45

SOWK 5004 Group Work [Core Course]

This course explores the history, theories, and models of social work practice with groups. A range of group practice approaches, including task-focused, mutual aid, psychoeducational, and process-oriented therapeutic groups.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ experience in social work practice with groups.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the history, theories and models of social work practice with groups.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 30

SOWK 5018 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice

Clinical concepts for relationship-based, theoretically and empirically grounded, social justice-seeking practice, e.g., reflexive use of self, transference/countertransference, and navigating power. Focus on development of one’s individualized clinical practice framework.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ experience in social work practice with groups.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace If you, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidate will have demonstrated significant social work practice in clinical area. Candidate has knowledge of social service agencies and their mandate.
Designated Modality In person Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 20

SOWK 5020 Social Work in Health Care Settings [Web-based Course]

This course explores social work practice in a range of health-care settings with a focus on health-care practice and direct intervention in various areas of health care.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Expertise in healthcare policy and social work practice in health care settings.  Expert understanding of legislation, policy formation, and service delivery models in health care, with particular knowledge and understanding of the public hospital system for health care delivery.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must have demonstrated significant work experience in the area of health care practice and direct intervention.  Health policy experience is an asset.
Designated Modality Online – Synchronous Please note that anticipated TA support is based on anticipated enrollment and may change based on actual enrollment in a course.

Anticipated TA Support * No
Anticipated Enrollment 40

Faculty Liaison (Fall & Winter Terms):     


SOWK 3600/1/2 BSW Field Practicum Supervision

SOWK 4600/1/2 BSW Field Practicum Supervision

SOWK 5606 MSW Field Practicum I Supervision

SOWK 5607 MSW Field Practicum II Supervision

Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW degree from an accredited school and be a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Ontario.

Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Expertise in social work practice with individuals and families, communities, research, policy and/or advocacy.

Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work practice.

Training and Orientation: Candidates must be willing to engage in limited one-on-one orientation with the relevant Practicum Coordinator and to use university supports and resources to develop skill and ability to use related learning technology (i.e., Brightspace LMS platform, cuPortfolio platform, etc.). Significant self-directed learning is needed when occupying this role for the first time.  In addition, candidates must be willing to attend the scheduled Faculty Liaison meetings that occur once per placement term at the School of Social Work.

Email communication:  Successful candidates will be provided with a Carleton email address which is the only email address to be used with assigned placement students and Field Supervisors. Carleton email servers are secure and compliant with student and agency privacy needs.

Response times:  For the duration of the contract, Faculty Liaisons are expected to respond to all field related emails within 24 to 48 business hours and to be physically accessible to their field team (e.g., students and Field Supervisor) within 24 to 48 business hours in the event of an emergency. Please note that practicums continue during university reading weeks and thus faculty liaison availability is required during that week as outlined above.

Group size: Maximum group size for seminars will vary, as follows:

SOWK 3600                         12 students

SOWK 3601/2                     15 students

SOWK 4600/1/2                 15 students

SOWK 5606                         15 students

SOWK 5607                         15 students

Core Functions:  Faculty Liaisons are expected to complete at least one on-site consultation meeting with Field Supervisors and students, and a minimum of one telephone consultation (mid-point) per placement. In addition, Faculty Liaisons are expected to hold additional consultations with agencies where significant issues are arising on the placement and where agencies request them to do so. For SOWK 3600, which spans the fall and winter terms, a minimum of three (3) consultations will be required for each student.

Faculty Liaisons are expected to facilitate six (6) seminars, manage and assess all practicum assignments, coordinate and oversee evaluation processes and submit the final grade for placement to Practicum Coordinators at the end of the placement term. Facilitation may also include oversight of students engaging in the Practicum Learning Portal (PLP) on Brightspace, as well as providing supplemental clinical supervision to students who are being supervised by a Registered Psychotherapist. In these relatively rare situations, this will entail 3 sessions of group supervision involving the Field Instructor and student(s). This clinical supervision will occur during the placement, in order to establish clinical input from a social work perspective.

Faculty Liaisons are responsible for supporting students to obtain letters of completion and letters of eligibility relative to professional registration at the end of their degrees, and for assessing final evaluations and portfolios.

Vacation Leave Requests: Limited absences for vacation or personal reasons (up to 10 days) will be considered provided:

  • The Faculty Liaison is fully available to respond to students at the beginning and end of the placement term, an approximate 2 to 4-week period that may vary depending on the level of seminar group assigned.
  • The vacation leave does not conflict with scheduled field seminars.
  • The Faculty Liaison is able to present a plan for how they will meet the requirements of the position as outlined here and meet the needs of students during the absence. This may include:
  • Availability by email (24 to 48-hour response time).

Pre-Posting Hiring Decisions:

The following courses have been assigned to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or visiting scholars per Article 17 of the CUPE 4600-Unit 2 Collective Agreement.

Fall 2024

SOWK 2100 [0.5 credit] The Political Economy of the Social Welfare State

Winter 2025

SOWK 2202 [0.5 credit] Introduction to Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

SOWK 4001 [0.5 credit] Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

To Apply

Apply here for course opportunities with the School of Social Work in Fall/Winter 2024-25.

Apply here if you are interested in being a practicum faculty liaison with the School of Social Work in Fall/Winter 2024-25.

Application deadline: May 28, 2024 

Late applications will not be accepted.

A note to all applicants: As per Articles 16.3 and 16.4 in the CUPE 4600(Unit 2) Collective Agreement, the posted vacancies listed above are first offered to applicants meeting the incumbency criterion. A link to the current CUPE 4600(Unit 2)Collective Agreement can be found at the Academic Staff Agreements webpage on the Carleton University website – https://carleton.ca/hr/labourrelations/academic-staff-agreements/#sect3.