Assistant Professor - Undergraduate Human Services & Social Work

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Rank Assistant Professor Term Length 10 Months Terminal one year contract Position Status Full Time Position Title Assistant Professor - Undergraduate Human Services & Social Work Campus Chicago, IL - 122 S. Michigan Ave. If other, please specify Position Summary

National Louis University is pleased to announce a full-time Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Human Services & Social Work position. This is a full-time non-tenure-track, ten-month position with teaching responsibilities that will serve as a Human Services & Social Work Faculty and Assistant Professor within the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with University stakeholders while providing excellence in teaching.

National Louis University (NLU) is focused on developing undergraduate degrees that are highly relevant within the field of study. As such, we are looking for a practitioner and educator who understands the knowledge, skills, and attributes that students must acquire to become competitively prepared for the workplace.

The Human Services & Social Work Faculty member will report to the Human Services Department Chair while working collaboratively with the Social Work Program Director as the Social Work program is being developed. The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses and online, as needed.

Who we are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build a new Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) focused on building academic pathways and providing holistic student support to ensure students graduate career ready and achieve strong employment outcomes. Our undergraduate majors serve first time freshmen as well as adult and transfer students in blended and online delivery formats – on and off campus.

We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students. As a result, we have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student-focused, professionally-focused, expects excellence, and provides personalized support in a data-driven environment, while grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation to structure our work.

Who you are:
You are: A Proven Leader Ready to Train the Next Generation in your Field.
You have made a demonstrated impact on individuals, families, and/or communities in non-profit, private, corporate, government or community organization settings. You have experience providing direct services to clients in the discipline of social work and/or human services. Ideally, you have demonstrated teaching excellence in a higher education setting as an adjunct or full-time faculty. You will ensure the delivery of a career-relevant curriculum that provides real world experiences to help prepare students for their careers in the field. Employment outcomes are a focus of the Undergraduate College.

You are: Driven to Succeed.
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that typically includes many first-generation students and those that face many personal challenges. To be successful in this position, you must be committed to excellence in teaching and learning in Higher Education and demonstrate competency in social work and human service practice. The position requires you to be agile, creative and engaging while offering new curriculum pathways and providing a career relevant, unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students. As an active team member you believe in a supportive environment and a student-driven culture. Student retention is a critical success indicator in the Undergraduate College.

You will: Offer Best-in-Class Teaching and Learning.
Teach 7-8 courses during the Academic Year. You believe that your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds. Each term, you will facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of Coaches and Instructors, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence.
Instructional excellence is a key performance indicator for all NLU faculty.

You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together. Student persistence through graduation is our shared responsibility in the Undergraduate College.

Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to achieve success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together. Student persistence through graduation is our shared responsibility in the Undergraduate College.

Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults to serve them and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.

Demonstrate excellence in teaching:

  • Teach courses as assigned, 7-8 per year in a blended format in Chicago and Chicago metropolitan area campuses in the day, evening and online, as needed.

  • Collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.

  • Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.

  • Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.

  • Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.

  • Communicate professionally and relate well.

  • Demonstrate, maintain, and continuously strengthen content expertise:
  • Maintain current and active content knowledge in the expertise area that is reflected in instruction.

  • Possess appropriate expertise as demonstrated by appropriate credentials.

  • Maintain current knowledge of field.

  • Promote student success with a proactive, high expectations, high support approach:
  • Demonstrate and share a passion for postsecondary success for diverse learners and for teaching.

  • Demonstrate flexibility in delivery and work schedule to provide personalized student support (includes but is not limited to office hours).

  • Identify gaps between student needs and existing resources and services; generate creative resolutions.

  • Significant on-campus presence on days when not teaching.

  • Engage in data-driven instruction and student support planning:
  • Track student course data weekly in multiple university data systems as needed.

  • Engage in regular data-driven planning meetings with faculty, coaches, Career Bridge, and support specialists to report student progress and obstacles and to plan student support interventions.

  • Engage in regular content area team meetings with peer faculty to review curriculum plans, determine implications of student data, and plan curriculum revisions.

  • Participate in continuous improvement of UGC curriculum, as governance model evolves:
  • Actively document and share suggestions for curriculum revision with content area lead faculty to support ongoing revision/enhancement of UGC curriculum.

  • Commit to continuous improvement of self and colleagues (i.e., professional development):
  • Create, attend and actively participate in training opportunities provided in online and in-person settings.

  • Contribute to a learning culture by participating on committees, supporting local campus events such as orientation and graduation, and participating in various other workshops and meetings.

  • Participate in faculty governance related to college and/or university operations and improvement.

  • About NLU
    National Louis University (NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to address tomorrow’s challenges in the context of increasing global urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 + programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and Information Technology. The University serves over 9,000 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus based, blended and online programming.

    Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral level. NLU is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). The University has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher preparation. NLU recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.

    NLU is located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.



  • Demonstrated ability and passion to work with racially, culturally and economically diverse colleagues and students

  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence, ideally in a university or college setting (adjunct or full time)

  • Agile and creative in pedagogy and student support

  • Ability to consistently connect instruction to its real world relevance, tying in concepts and theories in the classroom to students’ current and future work experiences and highlighting immediate applicability

  • Preferred: Technology proficient, including experience using a learning management system and using digital tools for teaching, and teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats

  • Experience using data for improvement purposes

  • Commitment to student success, student professional growth, effective professional advising, and experiential education

  • Effective adult collaboration skills, able to work in teams to support student success

  • Evidence of engagement and service to the field

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and/or Education

  • Minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in human services/social work including:

  • Required: At least three years of professional work experience as a social work practitioner.

  • Required: Demonstrated experience teaching or training.

  • Required: Master’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE Accredited program.

  • Required: Current LCSW credential.

  • Preferred: Experience teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities and experience teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats.

  • Preferred: Earned PhD or a terminal degree in Social Work or a related field.
  • Posting Number FAC254 Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions Summary Quick Link for Internal Postings Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have a current Current LCSW credential? yes no
  • * Do you have, at minimum, a Master’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE Accredited program? yes no
  • Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcript A
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional Documents
  • Transcript B
  • Transcript C
  • Other (Licenses, Certifications, Etc.)
  • Resume