Lecturer in Social Work
Thompson Rivers University

Application Restrictions
Open to both Internal and external
Job Type
Faculty (Sessional)
Posting In effect from
Closing Application Date
Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.
Instructional Type
Academic/Career(max 24 credits)
Anticipated Start Date
Position End Date (If Applicable)

The School of Social Work and Human Service (Faculty of Education and Social Work) at Thompson Rivers University invites applications for one sessional lecturer to teach the course   SOCW 3010 - Introduction to Social Work Research (3, 0, 0) – 3 credits in Fall 2023 and Winter 2024.

In this course students explore the concepts, methods, and processes of social research, and develop skills in conducting and assessing research. Students are challenged to examine their own approach to knowing, to incorporate research into practice, and to think critically about research in relation to social work practice. The subjectivity of the researcher, the political and ethical context of research, and the role of research as an instrument of power in the lives of oppressed peoples is discussed. 

Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the value of research (what it is, why it matters, how to do it) and describe its relationship to social work and the individuals and communities with whom we work; 
  • Summarize the principal features of various research paradigms (positivist, interpretive, critical); 
  • Describe the value and utility of both quantitative and qualitative research methods; 
  • Describe specific methodologies and identify when to apply them such as feminist, Aboriginal (decolonizing),(participatory) action, survey, case study, program evaluation, needs assessment, and single subject design; 
  • Identify and analyze political, theoretical, and ethical issues related to the design, implementation, and use of social work research; 
  • Critically analyze the relationships between social location (based on factors such as 'race', ethnicity, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and faith) and experiences of doing research and being researched; 
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to effectively utilize social work research in a critical manner; 
  • Apply this knowledge to a research topic chosen of your choice. 


Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. Our region also extends into the territories of the Stat’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Nuxalk, Tsilh’qotin, Dakelh, and Métis peoples. 

For over 50 years Thompson Rivers University has taken pride in providing an excellent education to students with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are at various stages of their learning journey. TRU strives to become the University of Choice for B.C.'s Indigenous students. Offering both on-campus, regional and online programs, TRU attracts a significant Indigenous student body as well as students and faculty from across Canada and internationally. In Kamloops (from the Secwepemc word for this area: Tk'emlups “meeting of the waters”), the main campus overlooks the junction of the North and South Thompson Rivers, from which the university gets its name.
TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centered, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers students choice from over 140 on-campus programs and 50 Open Learning programs. More than 28,500 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, creation and innovation thrive in TRU’s open, flexible learning environment. TRU gained Platinum and the highest over-all sustainability score in the prestigious and globally recognized AASHE STARS report. 
TRU is the 4th largest university in British Columbia, is a member of the Research Universities Council of British Columbia, and has its main campus situated in beautiful Kamloops. The Kamloops campus is a midsize, modern, comprehensive and stunning campus. Kamloops is a vibrant city of 100,000 located within just three hours’ driving distance from Vancouver or 45 minutes by air. Kamloops offers wonderful beauty, weather, amenities, culture, friendliness, and affordability.
To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit our Web Site: Living in Kamloops and working at the TRU.

The School of Social Work and Human Service offers a wide range of academic programs to approximately 250 students on two campuses and more than 100 students through Open Learning. Programs include: Bachelor of Social Work Degree, the Human Service Diploma, Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate (offered at both the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses), the Social Service Worker Certificate (offered through Open Learning), and the Human Service Diploma (offered through Open Learning). The School also has plans to offer a Master of Social Work degree.
In accordance with the university's equity plan members of the following designated groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, women, and members of visible minorities are encouraged to apply and self-identify.


•    The minimum academic qualification is a Master's degree in Social Work; a PhD or earned doctorate in a relevant discipline is preferred. 
•    Successful teaching experience in post-secondary institutions preferred.  
•    A minimum of five years of related practice experience, and educational specialization for content specific courses.
•    Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills required.
•    Demonstrated experience in integrating Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods (TRC CA 62). 
•    Proven skills in building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect (TRC CA 63).
•    Teaching excellence, including developing culturally appropriate curricula (TRC CA 10).

Pay Band
According to TRUFA Salary Schedule
Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)
# of Hires Needed
Organizational Unit
Thompson Rivers University -> Faculty of Education and Social Work -> Social Work and Human Services
Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.


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