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Office of Field Education

Field Liaison Information

Welcome! And thank you for working with our students.

Each semester, faculty and/or community agency representatives are assigned field liaison responsibilities by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The field liaison is the UT Arlington School of Social Work “instructor of record.”

For first-year students, the Field Liaison plays two roles:

  1. This person teaches the seminar class that accompanies the first field placement.
  2. This person serves as an educational consultant to the field instructor and the student by contributing to the development of the student’s learning contract, monitoring the student’s educational progress and performance, and maintaining the relationship between the school and the agency.

The field liaison always monitors the “fit” between the Field Instructor’s teaching style and the students’ learning style. When necessary, the field liaison may assist in creating or adjusting assignments to maximize student learning.

Second-year field students do not have a seminar class, so for these students, the liaison works solely in the second role.

The principal responsibilities of the field liaison are as follows:

  • For first-year students, the liaison prepares and delivers relevant classroom information and assignments for the field seminar class. In addition, the liaison uses classroom time to allow students to discuss their cases and responsibilities in their field placements.

For all field students, liaisons bear the following responsibilities:

  • Initiating and maintaining contact with the field instructor and the student regarding the students’ professional development and educational objectives;
  • Completing the Liaison Agency Visit Contact Form after each phone, skype, or personal contact;
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of supervision provided to the student;
  • Remaining available to the field instructor and the student to deal with problems that may occur during the course of the placement;
  • Identifying, as early as possible, issues related to the educational progress of the students;
  • Assisting both the students and the agency with the educational goals and resolving conflicts;
  • Facilitating the growth of the Field Instructor as educator;
  • Reviewing and signing the learning contract;
  • Reviewing the mid-term performance evaluation;
  • Reviewing and signing the final performance evaluation and submitting to the Office of Field Education;
  • Assigning the course grade (usually based on the recommendation of the field instructor);
  • Submitting all paperwork to the Office of Field Education at the end of the semester.

As you can see, serving as a Field Liaison makes great demands on your time. We recognize your work with our students as a valuable service to us, to our students, and to the profession.

Thank you for sharing your time and expertise.