Ref 4608/19 Associate Professor in Social Work (Field Education), School of Social Sciences

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Liverpool, NEW SOUTH WALES
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Dec 2019

  • Liverpool Campus
  • Remuneration Package $175,136 to $192,359 p.a.
  • Full-Time, Ongoing Position

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The School of Social Sciences offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including research programs that combine advanced academic knowledge with real-life training to suit a range of career needs and interests in the following disciplines; Geography and Urban Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, Policing, Humanitarian and Development Studies, Social Work, Heritage and Tourism, Counselling and Art Therapy. The School offers a vast array of professional accredited programs across campuses in Penrith, Liverpool and Parramatta. The School is committed to the provision of high quality, flexible education. It supports students to maximise their success, promote human rights and expand global reach and reputation. The School and the University has an important role working with Greater Western Sydney communities to ensure the region plays its part in the national and international community. As an institution which is globally relevant, the School strives to offer students life-enhancing international experiences and contribute to and recognise the value of the diversity and multicultural richness of the local communities of Greater Western Sydney.

An opportunity exists for a Associate Professor in Social Work (Field Education) to join the team.

In this role you will be responsible for contributing substantively to the leadership of teaching, research and engagement activities as a member of the Social Work Academic Work Group.

You will have particular responsibility for:

• Contributing to state, national and international conversations about field education, with a view to redevelopments that reflect contemporary local and global contexts.
• In consultation with the social work team and professional field education staff, developing innovative approaches to field education that optimise student learning and contribute to the needs of practice organisations.
• Ensuring that the needs of international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds are catered for, including drawing on their knowledge derived from specific country and cultural backgrounds.
• Conducting regular evaluations of student and agency experiences of Western Sydney University’s field education program.

You must be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Remuneration Package: Academic Level D $175,136 to $192,359 p.a. (comprising Salary $148,395 to $163,116 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Professor Brian Stout, (02) 029773 6139 or email

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Friday 6 December 2019

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