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Adjunct Instructors - School of Social Work
Simmons University

Date Posted Jul. 20, 2022
Title Adjunct Instructors - School of Social Work
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department School of Social Work
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Social Work

Adjunct Instructors - School of Social Work

Main Campus - Boston, MAMain Campus - Boston, MAMain Campus - Boston, MA

The Simmons School of Social Work seeks adjunct instructors to teach the following in-person MSW courses this Summer (2022) semester at our Boston, MA campus:

SW425: Family Approaches in Clinical Social Work
This course focuses on advanced ways to conceptualize, assess, and intervene in families. Modern and postmodern theories will be examined, practiced, and critiqued. Practice examples will include nontraditional and traditional families, and applications of family and systems theories to work with individuals and dyads will additionally be discussed. Developing one's own clinical voice and attending to ethnicity, class, and other social identities will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to bring case materials and to take full advantage of varied experiential learning techniques. This course meets the requirement for a clinical practice elective.

SW414: Assessment and Diagnosis
In this 3-credit course. students learn to assess for and apply major categories of psychiatric diagnoses described in the DSM-5. They consider those diagnoses and compounding psychosocial challenges from multi-theoretical lenses. Attention is given to issues of social justice and oppression, and the interrelationship between biological, psychological, and social/cultural systems that impact diagnosis and treatment. Treatments specifically related to diagnoses are noted. Students will be able to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and write bio-psychosocial assessments of their clients. Teaching techniques may include didactic presentations, guest presenters, videos, class discussions, and practice exercises.

SW 422: Substance Use & Social Work
Social workers across all sectors of practice are faced with individuals, families, and communities that are significantly affected by substance use disorders. The focus of the class is on exploring the nature, etiology and treatment of substance use disorders and how they relate to social work practice. Set within a social justice framework, students critically analyze the intersections of substance use with racism and other forms of oppression. Ethical and legal frameworks for substance use treatment are identified and analyzed. Students explore the complex interactions of biological, psychological, and social causes and consequences of substance use, and learn how to develop a comprehensive, multidimensional biopsychosocial assessment. The 3-credit class prepares students to develop knowledge of, and skills in, evidence-informed substance use prevention, education, and treatment with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.

About the onground Summer Semester
The Summer 2022 semester consists of 9 sessions and begins on May 16, 2022. Classes will be held in person, with each class session lasting 4 hours. Class sizes are capped at 22 students. At present, Simmons currently requires that all faculty, staff, and students wear masks, be fully vaccinated, and get weekly COVID testing.

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in social work or a related field and five years of post-graduate work experience. Applicant must possess teaching or training experience. Applicants should submit one document that combines a letter of interest, current resume or CV, and the names and contact information of two references who can speak to the applicant's teaching/training experience. Contact: Kristie Thomas, PhD (MSW Director) (

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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