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

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 6, 2011

Casual status

The Practicum Office at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is seeking Faculty Field Liaisons.

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, University of Toronto.  Field education offers students educational opportunities through which knowledge can be integrated and applied to practice, and competence in performing practice skills can be developed.  Field Education 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 Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

Faculty / Field Liaisons are the critical link between the faculty and the field, providing support to MSW students and  field instructors in order to promote a positive learning experience for the student. Their roles include promoting quality field education teaching and learning, monitoring student progress and learning, and trouble-shooting/facilitating

B.   Scope of Work

Faculty Field Liaisons and other staff of the Practicum Office at the 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 2 MSW students (starting their practica in September 2011) as well as Year 1 MSW students (starting their practica in January 2012).
  • Number of Student-Field Instructor matches assigned will be negotiated and can range from 20-50.
  • Payment is based on an estimated six hours for each match at $250 / match.    

C.  Qualifications

  • MSW
  • Several years experience as a field instructor
  • Knowledge of Field Education
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to issues arising out of placements
  • 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 Services Administration
  • Knowledge / awareness of
    • Factor-Inwentash FSW educational program
    • Current trends in the field of social work

More information about field education at the FIFSW is available at

D. Application Process

Applications for this post were to be received no later than May 6 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 to take place from May 16-19, 2011. 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.