We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning and who will help us realize our vision. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.
Social Work:Tenure Track Assistant Professor / Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work
While review of applications will begin immediately, applications received by April 12, 2019 will receive full consideration, though review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work administers the graduate social work program under the guidance of the Dean of the School of Social Work. This is a 50% workload release position. The Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work teaches 12 semester hours each academic year.
Administer traditional and transfer MSW program at Aurora campus; under the guidance of the Dean
Administer DSW program at Aurora campus; under the guidance of the Dean
Staff MSW and DSW courses
Review disposition forms and conduct student reviews as needed
Process grade appeals and special petitions
Recruit, maintain and monitor MSW enrollment
Assist Registration Coordinator with registration of MSW students
Conduct MSW orientation sessions for face-to-face and on-line modalities
Monitor and consider student modality changes
Make program policies available to MSW students through a current MSW manual
Maintain curricular documents related to MSW program (catalog, manual, handbook, website, brochures)
Mobilize university-wide education/program support services (library, audio-visual, computer, counseling, learning center services, etc.) that can enhance the overall program
Oversee recruitment efforts for the MSW program; works with Admissions Office
Maintain effective administrative relationships with central institutional, administrative, advisement, admissions, and registrar officers
Monitor changes in the key environments (college, university, CSWE, NASW, BDP, Illinois Deans and Directors Association) that affect MSW Program
Participate in the MSW budget review process with the Dean of the School of Social Work
Maintain current membership in and participate in CSWE
Represent academic programs to the University
Candidates for this position must hold MSW from a CSWE accredited institution. Ph.D. in social work or related discipline preferred. Previous experience working in an academic setting. Excellent interpersonal skills and good communication skills; listening, speaking, and writing. Knowledge of computer applications including: word processing, spreadsheet, and database capabilities. Ability to work efficient and effectively with a diverse student population. Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time and move about campus and other locations. In addition to teaching, the assignment will include curricular development, program assessment, student advising, and engagement in institutional service and professional scholarship.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.