Academic and Contract Instructor Opportunities
Carleton University, School of Social Work

Contract Instructor opportunities for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023

Pursuant to Article 16 of the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, applications are invited from members of the CUPE 4600-2 bargaining unit and other interested persons to teach the following School of Social Work courses during the 2022- 2023 academic year.

Application Procedures and Deadlines:
All applicants must apply to the Department Head in writing identifying each course for which they wish to be considered and submit an up-to-date CV by May 25, 2022 *.
*Applications submitted after May 25th will not be considered until after the first round of applications are reviewed and assigned.
Please address your letter of interest to: Sarah Todd, Director, School of Social Work, and send your application submissions via email to:  ssw.job.applications@cunet.carleton.ca.
Please indicate all the SOWK course numbers for which you are applying in the Subject line of the email (e.g.  SOWK 2xxx, 5xxx, 3xxx)

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.

Fall 2022 Term (0.5 credit courses)

SOWK 2005 Values and Ethics for Social Work [Core Course offered in person]
This 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 work courses and must be prepared to teach in person and/or 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 ethics.

SOWK 2100 The Political Economy of The Social Welfare State [Core Course offered in person]
This course focuses on political economic theories as lenses for structural analysis of social problems and policies affecting social work practice in Canada

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW/MA.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social policy 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: Demonstrated knowledge of political economy and its application to social welfare, social services and social work.

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.

SOWK 3206 Community Development & Social Change in an International Context [Elective Course]
This course provides an introduction to theories, models and methods of community organizing as a strategy for social change in an international context.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Expertise in community development and social change in an international context.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching courses in community development in an international context 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 and significant social work practice experience in community development including work in international contexts.

SOWK 4000 Social Work and Indigenous Peoples [Core Course Offered Online via zoom]
This course focuses on social work in partnership with Indigenous peoples in Canada; the impact of the past on current relationships; rebuilding through dialogue and respect; understanding Indigenous social work.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years social work practice post MSW. Expertise in social work with Indigenous peoples.
  • Teaching Competence: Preference given to candidates who have experience teaching courses on social work by and with Indigenous peoples. Candidates must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other web-based teaching and learning platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of the history of social work with Indigenous peoples, the impact of the Indian Act, treaties, and residential schools, and their implications for social work including truth and reconciliation.

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.

SOWK 5016 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families [Elective Course] two sections
This course focuses on 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.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of theories and approaches to social work practice with individuals and families.

 SOWK 5020 Social Work in Health Care Settings [Elective 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.

 Winter Term (0.5 credit courses)

SOWK 1002 Introduction to Social Work [Core & Elective course offered in person]
This course offers an 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 teach in person and/or to use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms
  • Other Relevant Experience: Ability to coordinate and communicate with a team of Teaching Assistants, and familiarity with on-line and distance education

SOWK 2301 Working with Children and Youth [Elective Web-based Course]
This course focuses on preventative and protective social work interventions with children and youth.  Issues addressed include: child neglect, abuse and violence in the context of family; organizational mandates, and social and 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 courses in working with children and youth and/or child protection practice and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms. An ability to coordinate and communicate with a team of Teaching Assistants, and familiarity with on-line education.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Candidates must have demonstrated significant work experience in direct social work practice with children and youth and child protection.

SOWK 3100 Social Policy and Administration [Core Course]
Understanding the welfare state and social policy in Canada; exploring issues in administration including program design and implementation; understanding and developing skills in policy-making and policy analysis. Canadian focus; recognition of the distinctiveness of social policy in Quebec.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW/MA.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social policy courses in social work or other social science disciplines and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated knowledge of recent social policy and administration

SOWK 4001 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families [Core Elective] Two sections – one offered in person, one section offered online
This course explores 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 a BSW and a related master’s degree) 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 and learning 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.

SOWK 4004 Social Policy Development and Practice [Core Elective]
This course explores social policy development processes in government and non-governmental agencies; refining skills in evaluating and critiquing processes of policy formation; role of lobbying and social activism.

  • Required Academic Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must hold an MSW (or related) degree.
  • Required Professional Qualifications and Skills: Minimum three years post MSW/MA.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social policy courses in social work or other social science disciplines and must be prepared to teach in person and/or use Brightspace, Zoom and other web-based teaching platforms.
  • Other Relevant Experience: Demonstrated and current knowledge of social policy development and practice.

SOWK 4303 Gender and Sexuality [Core Elective]
This course explores 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 use Brightspace, Zoom 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.

SOWK 5004 Group Work [Core Course offered in person]
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.

SOWK 5018  Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice [Elective Course offered in person]
This course explores 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: 5 years minimum experience in clinical social work practice including ongoing continuing education/professional development in clinical practice topics. Experience as a clinical supervisor preferred.
  • Teaching Competence: Candidates are required to have experience teaching social work courses and must be prepared to use Brightspace, Zoom 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.

SOWK 5020 Social Work in Health Care Settings [Elective Web-based Course]
This course focuses on 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 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.

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. 

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 collect all required paperwork from students before submitting 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.

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.  These courses are not open for applications but the department will contact the most senior incumbent to review their rights under Article 17.6 of the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement.

SOWK 2001 [0.5 credit] Structural Analysis and Social Work
SOWK 4001 [0.5 credit] Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 2202 [0.5 credit] Introduction to Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families