Dean of the School of Social Work

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University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Sep 12, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
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Minimum Qualifications

One or more degrees in the discipline of social work and a doctorate level terminal degree such as a Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or M.D.

Position Summary

The Dean serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the School, reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean will provide visionary leadership as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for the tripartite mission of the School in teaching, research, and public service/outreach. The Dean will promote excellence and work effectively with faculty, staff, students, University of Georgia administrators, and alumni to promote the mission of the School. As the chief administrative officer for the instruction, research, and service programs of the School of Social Work, the Dean is assisted by the associate deans and a number of directors of programs and services. The position is responsible for growing funded research, programmatic planning, implementation and assessment, budget development and management, and fundraising from private sources. Additionally, the Dean works collaboratively with other deans on campus-wide initiatives.

Additional Requirements

A record of excellence in teaching, student mentoring, scholarship/publications, and grant funding, to qualify for full professor with tenure on appointment. Please see the School guidelines for more information including the requirements for the rank of Professor.

To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must have been tenured at a prior institution and bring a demonstrably national reputation.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Proven ability to manage an academic organization as demonstrated by a background that includes leadership experience as department head, associate dean or the equivalent.

A demonstrated track record of supporting and expanding high-quality research programs and interdisciplinary research.

A background in faculty and academic affairs, budget development, and human resources.

A demonstrated track record of supporting innovative learning and student success at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A demonstrated track record of understanding and supporting evidence-based clinical, community, and policy practices, engagement, and outreach.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Strong executive leadership with good budgetary skills.

Ability to interact positively with constituent groups at the local level, federal and state agencies, volunteer and professional organizations, nongovernmental organizations and foundations whose goals are consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work.

Ability to be a successful fundraiser, working with foundations and individual donors as well as encouraging externally supported scholarship.

Ability to communicate the mission and importance of the programs in the School of Social Work to internal and external audiences.

Administrative and leadership abilities including, promoting a culture of innovation and strategic agility; thoughtful, intelligent, visionary leadership; strong team-building skills; and the ability to deliver results on time and get things done.

Ability to demonstrate a commitment to teaching, research, service and outreach in the profession of social work.

A bold vision for building the research enterprise of the School.

A clear vision for the growth of existing and the development of new instruction and service learning programs.

A clear understanding and commitment to the mission of a land-grant university.

The highest degree of personal integrity and an ability to gain the confidence of the faculty and staff, both internal and external to the School, through effective communications and transparent decision making.

The commitment to be an altruistic leader, including serving as mentor to faculty, department chairs and other leaders.

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