Field Instructor's Role and Responsibilities
Field Instructors/Task Supervisors serve as social work supervisors. Practicum instruction emphasizes developing sound educational experiences based on reaching the identified educational outcomes. In working toward this end, the Field Instructor/Task Supervisor must be an administrator, educator, role model, and supervisor. It is possible for a student to receive daily task supervision from someone other than the MSW field instructor, who would then be referred to as the task supervisor.
To ensure a quality field experience, the Field Instructor/Task Supervisor:
Understands the Andrews University Department of Social Work’s mission
Attends field instructor orientation and training
Coordinates activities to meet the student's educational needs
Meets with the student to review and establish a learning plan no later than the third week of placement
Reviews the Learning Plan with students and completes comprehensive skills evaluation
Provides a minimum of one hour of supervisor per week
Meets with student and liaison bi-annually, more frequently if needed
Advocates for access to agency resources and learning experience
Provides ongoing feedback to the student about his/her practicum performance (including punctuality & attendance, etc.)
Submits written evaluations as required and recommends grade at semester's end.