Joint Lecturer - Social Work/Addiction Studies

Joint Lecturer - Social Work/Addiction Studies

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:
The School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University is currently seeking a Lecturer to begin the 2023-2024 academic school year.
Eastern Washington University serves a diverse student population including a large percentage of first-generation college students. Additionally, EWU is working toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The School of Social Work is a part of the College of Professional Programs, which offers opportunities for creative interdisciplinary teaching and research. The School of Social Work includes both MSW and BASW social work programs. In addition to programs in social work, the School includes Addiction Studies, Disability Studies, Children's Studies, and Aging Studies. The individual selected for this position would have a joint appointment with social work and addiction studies and would teach in both programs. The teaching assignments will generally be 50% in Addiction Studies and 50% in Social Work. This may be adjusted to meet the changing needs of the programs.

Addiction Studies is accredited by NASAC (National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission) and is a multidisciplinary program that provides university-level education valuable for students in all disciplines, particularly those students interested in substance use disorder treatment and prevention. Our program currently offers multiple degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All Addiction Studies program courses are offered completely online.

The BASW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). These programs prepare students for generalist and advanced generalist social work practice in both rural and urban communities, offering elective courses in such areas of practice as behavioral health, aging, child welfare, healthcare, disabilities, and domestic violence. Social Work courses are offered in person in Cheney and Spokane. We also have part-time hybrid MSW programs based in Spokane and Everett, WA

Summary of Responsibilities: Teaching core courses in the Addiction Studies and Social Work programs. Normal teaching load includes 45 quarter credits per academic year with a nine-month appointment. Summer teaching opportunities may also be available.

Specific Responsibilities: Successful candidates will have teaching responsibilities in the Addiction Studies, BASW,and MSW programs. The faculty member is expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. The teaching assignments will include online, hybrid, and in-person. Online and hybrid courses require proficiency or willingness to learn to develop and teach courses using the university's online platform and to employ online teaching methods and tools. There may be travel to our satellite teaching sites in Spokane and Everett, WA. All faculty are expected to actively participate in assessment of student learning and to engage in effective teaching.

For this position we are seeking a candidate with a MA as well as certification as a Substance Use Disorder Professional through Washington State Department of Health or the ability to become certified within a year, or certification that is substantially equivalent. An MSW and two years-post MSW practice experience in the area of substance use disorders is preferred.
On top of salary, the university offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses. For additional information regarding insurance benefits please see our Benefits page:

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in social work or a closely related field
  • Certification as a Substance Use Disorder Professional through Washington State Department of Health or ability to become certified within a year, or certification for another state that is substantially equivalent.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, which may be evidenced by providing training or supervision in the workplace;
  • Clinical experience and/or specialization in substance use disorder counseling or addiction studies with emphasis on substance use disorders and/or mental health, or other clinical experience in behavioral health related fields;
  • Interest and/or experience in online learning;
  • Competent with and experienced using, database, email, and other forms of instruction technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to diverse needs, including universal accessibility, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited Social Work program.
  • Master’s Degree in Behavioral Health or Addiction Studies
  • A minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience (in the area of substance use disorders or related fields of social work practice).
  • Minimum two years of experience in the area of substance use disorders.
  • Ability to treat and screen for co-occurring disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in an online format using synchronous and asynchronous components;
  • Practice experience supported by a record of accomplishments that address the following needs:
    • Leadership, supervision and/or administration for agency and community practice in any practice setting;
    • Children, youth and families in any practice setting including child welfare;
    • Micro practice with advanced clinical knowledge and skills
    • Gerontology/Aging.
    • Social work practice in a health care setting;

  • Bilingual;
  • Experience teaching first generation students;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting social justice
  • Higher education teaching experience and/or other online teaching experience
  • Experience in one of more of the following areas: clinical social work practice, child welfare, case management for substance use disorder treatment, gerontology, research, policy practice.

Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Telework
  • Time Management
  • Attention to Detail

Job Duties:
% of Time: 100
Responsibility / Duty: 1. Teach 45 credits per academic year, in the Addiction Studies and social work programs, subject to department needs.2. Collaborate with colleagues in developing curriculum.3. Attend School of Social Work faculty and staff meetings.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

Conditions of Employment:
The required start date for this position is 09/16/2023. To be considered eligible for appointment into the position, applicants must be available and able to start in the position no later than 09/16/2023.

This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

Upon hire you must complete required DEI, Hazing, and Harassment and Title IX training. You
can access the online training at or complete
the training in person or via Zoom. In person and Zoom training opportunities will be posted on
InsideEWU and are listed on Human Resources’
Note: Interviews might be conducted via Zoom (camera must be enabled). While we anticipate being open for in-person instruction for academic year 2022-23, should Washington State or university pandemic restrictions disallow for in-person instruction, then courses will be taught via online platforms, including Zoom and other technologies. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence using these technologies.
Salary Information: The expected salary upon hire is $62,604.

Posting Date: 02/28/2023
Open Until Further Notice: Yes
Closing Date:
Screening to Begin: 04/04/2023

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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