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Faculty / Field Liaison, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

[Ed: posting updated October 16]

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 22, 2009

Casual status

A. Background

The development of competence in the professional practice of social work is a primary objective of the Masters Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. The Practicum offers students educational opportunities where knowledge can be integrated and applied to practice and where competence in performing practice skills can be developed. Practicum is credited by graduates, employers and educators as one of the most important elements of social work education programs, and is critical to the learning experience of students in the Master of Social Work Program at the FIFSW.

Faculty / Field Liaisons are the critical link between the faculty and the field, providing support to students and the field in order to promote a positive learning experience for the student.

B. Scope of Work

Faculty Field Liaisons and other staff of the Practicum Office at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work work under the direction of the Assistant Dean of Field Education in accomplishing the work of the Practicum Office. Faculty Field Liaisons will work in consultation with relevant committees, other Practicum Office staff and stakeholders to carry out the objectives and work plans related to the objectives.


  • This posting is for Faculty Field Liaison positions for Year 1 students (starting Practicum in January 2010).
  • Number of students assigned is to be negotiated with successful applicants and can range from 15 to 30.
  • Payment is based on estimated six hours for each student, at $250 / student.
  • A Faculty Field Liaison cannot concurrently be a Field Instructor.

C. Roles and Responsibilities

Liaise with Field Instructors

  • Contact all field instructors (e-mail, phone or in-person) early in January
  • Regular contact by e-mail, phone or field visits

Meet with students

  • Meet with assigned students individually
  • Group student meetings are possible if numbers are appropriately small and allow for discussion

Communication and Documentation

  • Set up e-mail list of assigned students & instructors
  • Set office hours at FIFSW. Students must get to know you and of your availability by phone, e-mail & in-person
  • Respond to phone calls and e-mails and urgent situations in a timely fashion
  • Maintain hard copy file system of all documents & essential communication for assigned students & instructors

Review & Approve

  • Learning contracts (Feb.)
  • Mid-term evaluations (Mar.)
  • Final evaluations (end of May)
  • Provide feedback to students & instructors on contracts & evaluations


  • Complete grade sheets for assigned students
  • Report grades to Practicum Office within deadlines for all course grade submissions


  • Confer with Practicum Office about all problems
  • Provide first-line intervention, problem-solving and mediation to student-field instructor conflict
  • Resolve identified problems, missing forms and conflictual situations
  • Provide written documentation of intervention in accordance with details set out in the Practicum Manual.


  • Confirm the termination with the student & instructor
  • Maintain a written record of the termination


  • Attend orientation and student assignment December 10, 2009 (tentative date)
  • Attend meetings with
  • Practicum Office Staff
  • Academic Teaching Centre Committee (as needed)
  • Practicum Advisory Committee (as needed)
  • Participate in FIFSW-sponsored practicum-related events (e.g. field instructor events)

D. Qualifications

  • Minimum MSW
  • Ten years experience as a social worker
  • Several years experience as a field instructor
  • Knowledge of Field Education
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to Practicum-related issues
  • Ability to listen empathically and to set and maintain limits
  • Expertise/experience in one or more specialty area(s)
    • Children & Families
    • Diversity & Social Justice
    • Health/Mental health
    • Gerontology
    • Social policy and / or administration
  • Knowledge / awareness of
    • FIFSW educational program
    • Current trends in the field of social work

For more information about Field Education at the FIFSW please visit our website at

E. Application Process

Please submit the following documents by email to (no fax or hard copies please), to be received no later than October 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time:

  • A 3-page maximum curriculum vitae outlining your relevant education, skills and experience for this position
  • A covering letter (one page maximum) outlining why you are interested in this position

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for November 12 and 16. Individuals invited for an interview will be asked to bring names and contact information of three professional references.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.