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Social Work Faculty Field Advisor (Adjunct Faculty)
Smith College

  • May 30, 2017
  • Social Work Faculty Field Advisor (Adjunct Faculty)
  • Smith College School for Social Work
  • Smith College
    Northampton, MA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Adjunct/Visiting Professor
  • Sociology - General
    Social Work
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The Smith College School for Social Work is seeking candidates to serve as Faculty Field Advisor (Adjunct Faculty) in its MSW programs.

The Faculty Field Advisor (FFA) is a representative of Smith College School for Social Work and all engagement must be guided by the policies and procedures of the Field Education Department. The FFA position is complex. It is conceptualized as holding clear reporting responsibilities regarding both the agency’s structures/environment, the student’s learning progress, and their intersections. FFAs provide instruction, constructive feedback, problem-solving, mediation, and develop supportive advisory relationships with students. As clinical social work educators and practitioners, FFAs develop consultative relationships with agency supervisors and directors of training. FFAs are critically important in the development and maintenance of affiliated agencies and report back to the Field Education Directors in an ongoing manner the strengths, resources, and challenges of the agency-based learning environment. FFA roles are varied and based upon the learning needs of students, agency field supervisors and directors of training, the agency setting, and the School’s requirements and academic curriculum.

FFAs plays a key role in supporting students’ development of theory-driven, research informed clinical social work practice values, knowledge, and skills. FFAs serve the critical function of navigating relationships among students, supervisors, agency directors of training and the School. The SSW is committed to building structures and processes of accountability into our organizational practices in accordance with our anti-racism commitment. We are committed to ongoing work within our inter- organizational relationships to foster greater anti-racism.

MSW plus highest level of licensure in the state where FFA practices (or CSWE approved equivalency).
 Must have a minimum of 5+ years clinical social work practice experience, at least 3 years agency-based, and a minimum of 2+ years providing intern and/or staff supervision.
 Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, problem-solving, mediation, and decision-making skills.
 Strong commitment and demonstrated engagement in anti-racism and anti-oppression practices.
 Demonstrated capacity to engage in analysis of structural variables using an intersectional lens as these variables impact student learning.
 Strong time management skills and ability to meet internal department deadlines.
 Computer skills and proficiency in utilizing electronic files, email, Moodle, field database, and online platforms.
 Understanding of adult learning and diverse learning styles of students.
 Commitment to lifelong learning, willingness to engage in training for the role, familiarity with current clinical practice frameworks, and psychological and social theories.
 Knowledge of current CSWE Accreditation Standards, field competencies, Guidelines for Field Internship, FFA Manual, and MSW Handbook.

About Smith College School for Social Work:
The Smith College School for Social Work was founded in 1918 for the express purpose of preparing social workers to provide mental health services to traumatized soldiers and their families at the end of World War I. Building on this history and its reputation for excellence in clinical education, the School’s pedagogical mission remains focused on developing clinical social workers firmly grounded in a synthesis of psychological and social theories. With its intensive block program structure and immersive internship experiences, the MSW curriculum is designed to educate students for the provision of effective clinical social work services in diverse settings and populations. The PhD program, established in 1964, prepares advanced clinical practitioners for leadership positions in social work education, research, and practice. In both programs, the School aims to produce generative clinical social workers adept in relationally- based, culturally responsive social work practices, well-prepared to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing field and to help shape clinical social work for future generations.

The School’s commitment to becoming an anti-racism institution infuses all aspects of its programs; all faculty members are expected to actively contribute to this commitment in all aspects of their work.
Smith College is part of a five college consortium centrally located in the Northeast corridor between Boston and New York in an academically engaged and demographically diverse area.

Application materials:
Cover letter; vita; contact information for 3 professional references

Application Deadline:
Email application materials to not later than June 30, 2017.
CVs will be reviewed upon receipt and on a rolling basis until positions are filled. If you have questions, please email or call Marybeth Stratton at 413-585-7965

Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information, please contact the adviser for equity complaints, College Hall 103, (413) 585-2141, or visit

  • Smith College is a women’s college enrolling 2,600 undergraduates and is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

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  • Marybeth Stratton
    Smith College School for Social Work
    Smith College
    Northampton, MA
  • 413-585-7965


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