Faculty – Master of Social Work at Capella University

Remote | Part-time
Capella University

Part-Time Faculty in Master of Social Work

  • Offsite

Part-time faculty provide a variety of educational services to degree and certificate learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as HLC and any program accreditation standards. They provide high-quality, impactful, and successful experiences that deliver exceptional learning outcomes. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through participation in outside scholarly activities or practice in the discipline
NOTE: Applications must include copies of unofficial transcripts and licenses to receive full consideration.

Essential Duties

Primary responsibilities include teaching (online), mentor and committee work (graduate level only), and contributing to curriculum development. Faculty may also be asked to participate in school governance through faculty committees and may participate in a variety of other activities based upon the university’s needs and the faculty member’s unique skill set.

  • Specific Accountabilities: Each faculty member will have a workload that varies based upon his/her expertise and the needs of the program/specialization. Following are the accountabilities expected for faculty in the primary areas of responsibility:
  • Course Participation: Provides expertise in subject matter; facilitates course discussions ensuring active participation among learners creating entries at least 3-6 times per week; responds to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours; assesses learner assignments and engagement; provides appropriate feedback, coaching, and reinforcement of effective critical thinking; reports at-risk learners to appropriate school staff; encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms; provides innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective; adheres to quality standards and defines quality at the course level in line with departmental and university norms.
  • Mentoring and Committee Work (graduate level and part-time faculty only): Facilitates discussions with learners to ensure ongoing progress toward successful completion of the dissertation; reviews and critiques learner work, providing relevant feedback; participates in dissertation committee meetings. Curriculum
  • Development: Participates in the design and development of courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities, and evaluation tools. Ensures sensitivity to race, gender, and disability in curriculum design, course content, and study materials. School Governance and Faculty Committees:
  • Actively participates in appropriate department, division, or university committees. Other Activities (may be assigned and vary from quarter to quarter):
  • Faculty staff meetings, Residencies, Capella-sponsored faculty development, problem resolution, faculty orientation/mentoring, web board facilitation, course revisions, etc. · Some faculty may have certain “areas of emphasis” such as specialized responsibilities or coordinating functions in support of the school’s educational goals such as Learner Management, Research and Advising, Program Development, and Advising or Accreditation.

Responsibility areas and specific assignments are based on the needs of the school and the particular capabilities of the faculty member and will vary from quarter to quarter. Faculty assignments and areas of emphasis may vary significantly from school to school; however, the position is structured to ensure the faculty member is able to contribute optimally to essential teaching and related support services to learners.

Job Skills

  • Experience teaching in higher education
  • Experience teaching online
  • Experience mentoring doctoral students.
  • Experience writing curriculum
  • Membership/affiliation in an educational leadership organization on a national, regional, and/or local level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to service and practice in the field of educational leadership
  • Experience with leadership through team engagement
  • Evidence of supporting learner success and a commitment to quality teaching outcomes.
  • Ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.
  • Experience presenting at professional conferences on a national and/or local level
  • Experience with scholarly writing and use of APA (6th edition) format.

Variety and Complexity of Work Expected:

  • Developing single course content, translating subject matter, and facilitating complex learning in a web-based environment
  • Resolving learner/academic focused problems relative to achievement of academic goals; requires independent judgment and decision making
  • Managing full instructional load plus some administrative responsibilities
  • Managing faculty advising functions as needed by the school and/or program
  • Positively impacts learner retention and learner success Willingness to teach courses and residencies for which they have not yet taught but are consistent with faculty member expertise Acts under the general guidance and collegial consultation regarding development of course content and providing constructive input regarding university practices Responsibilities are generally not prescribed and have broad parameters that will lead to the mastery of the subject matter and application or practice of learned proficiencies in the professional field

Work Experience

  • Two years of practitioner and/or clinical experience (in order to be eligible to teach the practice courses)
  • Online Teaching experience
  • Current Social Work licensure in the state of residence and willing to acquire Minnesota State licensure reciprocity, upon hire
  • Field Education experience (teaching, liaison, or supervision), preferred
  • Use of technology to conduct live class sessions with learners and one on one learner advising, as needed.
  • Experience teaching in higher education. Online experience is preferred.
  • Experience mentoring doctoral students.
  • Experience with curriculum, course development, and course revisions.
  • Experience with leadership through team engagement.
  • Evidence of supporting learner success and a commitment to quality teaching outcomes.
  • Experience presenting at professional conferences on a national and/or local level.
  • Experience with scholarly writing and use of APA 6th edition.
  • Membership/affiliation in an educational leadership organization on a national, regional, and/or local level. Key Differences between Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty: Adjunct Faculty are not engaged with Capella in a continuous relationship. They are assigned work as they are available and as Capella has needs. Part-Time Faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis. Only part-time faculty members may participate in Mentoring or Committee Work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters. All faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid faculty development course as a pre-requisite for employment. This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have a minimum of three years of social work practice experience post-MSW degree conferral and a minimum of two years teaching MSW Courses online.
  • Candidates should also demonstrate evidence of quality classroom teaching, curriculum development, and scholarship in the field of social work.


  • MSW from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program
  • Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in Social Work or related area- to include Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Sociology or Education

Certificates, licenses and registrations

  • The successful candidate must hold a Social Work Graduate Level License and obtain at a minimum Graduate Level Social Work licensure in the State of Minnesota upon hire (including passing the ASWB exam with their current graduate-level license).


  • Must be able to travel 0-10% of the time.
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Typical office setting.
  • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.
  • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.
  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant
  • Access information using a computer.
  • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.
  • Effectively cope with stressful situations
  • Strong mental acuity
  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.
  • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification

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