Academic Department Head, Social Work

Ypsilanti, MI
Oct 13, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Social Work. The School offers a generalist practice BSW Program and an MSW Program with concentrations in Family and Children's Services, Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency, and Services to the Aging. The School serves over 950 students with 28 faculty, four full-time lecturers, seven full-time support staff, and a well-developed pool of part-time instructors in a unionized environment. We seek candidates committed to supporting quality BSW and MSW education and the mission of our School.

The School of Social Work's mission encompasses a commitment to the empowerment of poor, oppressed, vulnerable and underserved populations; the creation of social welfare policy based on a strengths perspective; the advancement of community problem-solving; and leadership in organizations and communities. The School serves a diverse and dynamic student body that includes nontraditional and second-career students, many of whom have substantial work experience in human services. Eastern Michigan University is a state supported school located in Ypsilanti, approximately 35 miles west of Detroit, and primarily serves Metropolitan Detroit, Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio.

Qualifications for the position of School Director include: an MSW and an earned DSW or PhD in social work or a closely related field; administrative and teaching experience in higher education; documented strengths in scholarly activity and report writing; service and instructional effectiveness; experience with sponsored projects, and an interest in and aptitude for fundraising.

Important characteristics for an ideal candidate include a commitment to social justice; progressive vision and momentum; and leadership experience that reflects confidence, collaboration, resourcefulness, and generosity when fostering the growth of staff and faculty. Administratively, the ideal candidate will have evidence of strong human and public relations skills; working with faculty in a participatory and open style; supporting a diverse faculty; involving faculty and students in shared governance; attending to process; serving as a role model for student support and mentorship; and playing a leadership role in establishing and maintaining partnerships within the practice community. A record of strong connections to the professional social work community is required. The candidate must qualify for appointment with tenure.

Applications must be submitted online at Application materials must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae (including the name, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references), evidence of classroom effectiveness, and a statement describing administrative leadership style. This position begins July 1, 2018. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately. New applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For additional information, contact:

Janet Okagbue-Reaves, PhD, MSW

Chair, Search Committee

Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work




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