Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of professionals for more than 40 years. Offered online, Walden's doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs are designed to help students achieve their goals so that, as graduates, they can help advance the lives of others.
Contributing (part-time) faculty report to the Academic Program Director for the Bachelor of Social Work program to provide instructional and curriculum development service in the Bachelors of Social Work program. Faculty members are critical in creating, maintaining, assessing, and reflecting upon a learning environment where academic discipline interweaves with the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services mission to support student learning. Faculty members are expected to adhere to all Walden University faculty expectations, which are clearly set forth to the faculty member at the start of his/her employment with the University.
What to Expect as a Walden Faculty Member
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide course instruction, course content development, and other curricular activities as needed Provide residency instruction
- Provide academic advising and mentoring
- Promote a social work professional identity with students.
- Engagement in scholarship
- Serve on university and school committees, as well as school initiatives as needed
Part-time, Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services faculty are responsible for instruction, assessment, advising, committee work, and service to the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services. Other duties may include grant management, research, or specific academic endeavors.
All new faculty members receive specific training from Walden University in the techniques of online teaching; use of an electronic learning platform; specifics of the policies, procedures, and degree programs of the School or College in which they are going to teach; socialization into the Walden University culture; assessment of academic integrity of student work (including use of www.turnitin.com); and research supervision of theses and dissertations. Teaching and mentorship assignments are contingent upon successful completion of required training. During the first term of teaching, faculty members may be assigned a faculty peer mentor (senior colleague) as an extension of their new instructor training. Peer mentors will continue to support instruction and provide peer reviews of the classroom on a regular basis.
Faculty members are assigned courses, which are taught using the Learning Management System (LMS), and are responsible for interacting with students within the LMS. Discussion Boards for classrooms are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Faculty members are expected to be in the classroom a minimum of 4 days per week and responses to student questions must be posted within 48 hours. The university suggests regular and predictable availability, such as online office hours or regular online chats; office hours may be required based on program or college policy.
Faculty mentors may be assigned to work one-on-one with students to help students meet the research requirements of their degree. Faculty members are responsible for the provision of timely feedback, approval, assessment, and evaluation of each student's work within the classroom.
BSW faculty may be invited to attend Residencies held domestically or internationally, where they will teach face-to-face intensives and colloquia, and facilitate school and university-wide discussions. Contributing (part-time) faculty may be invited to participate but are not required to attend.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Faculty members must be appropriately credentialed, possess an earned degree from an accredited institution or an institution that is recognized by a country's ministry of education in the discipline being taught, and may be expected to be licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specific programs. Faculty members must maintain their licenses and any appropriate certifications in order to continue to teach at Walden University. Faculty members are also expected to maintain currency with research by reviewing articles, journals, and presentations. If participating in research, the faculty member may publish and acknowledge Walden University.
Contributing faculty members may have the opportunity to travel to university events and residencies. When traveling to these events, the faculty member will be expected to fully participate in the event. For core faculty, there will be required travel throughout the year.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate will have:
- An earned doctorate in the area of Human Services; Ph.D. in Social Work or related field preferred.
- MSW from a Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program required.
- Intellectual and professional contributions to the field, including professional publications and conference presentations.
- Three to five years teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level as appropriate to the program.
- A minimum of two years of post-graduate level practice experience required; Licensed preferred.
- Experience with providing distance education including a commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment preferred.
- Evidence of compatibility with the Walden University mission of positive social change, broad access and professional excellence and our values of quality, integrity and student-centeredness.
Faculty members are expected to have a personal computer with virus protection and Internet access. Walden University provides a Walden e-mail account and access to the learning platform, password-protected faculty sections of the website, university and college listservs, and other faculty communications tools.
The recommended computer setup includes Internet access, preferably broadband or DSL; Windows Vista/7 or Mac OS X with virtualization software (e.g., Parallels with Windows OS); minimum of 2 GB of RAM; a hard drive of at least 40 GB; DVD drive, speakers, and headphone connected to the computer; inkjet or laser printer; webcam with microphone or a built-in webcam and computer with audio capabilities.
About Walden University:
For more than 45 years, Walden University has served the higher education needs of working professionals. More than 47,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries pursue their doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s degrees online in a variety of fields, including: Business and Management, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, Information Technology, Education, and Nursing. As part of the Laureate International Universities network, you’ll be able to touch lives in your community and change the world of education.