Director, School of Social Work

Job description

The School of Social Work at Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Director, for a 12-month, 5-year (renewable) term, preferably to begin July 1, 2020. As the School’s chief administrative officer, the director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The director will be expected to provide vision and leadership, secure resources to accomplish the School’s goals, and foster a collegial atmosphere conducive to teaching, research, and service. The director also teaches one course per year. 

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a Ph.D. in Social Work or a closely related discipline and must hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program, 2 years of post-MSW practice experience, and licensure or license-eligibility as LMSW or LCSW are preferred. In addition, the successful candidate should possess demonstrable leadership, management, and communication skills, as well as have significant research and teaching accomplishments. Knowledge of and experience with CSWE accreditation guidelines is desirable. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position. This position is security sensitive and subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy. Employment is contingent upon the candidate’s satisfactory clearance of a criminal background investigation. 

The School has a special interest in candidates who can support the core values of both the School and the University, which include shared governance and diversity. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. 

The School of Social Work: The School is a vibrant, dynamic, and energetic group of faculty, staff, and students. We are academically diverse and passionate about meeting the needs of our students. We have built a strong reputation for scholarly work while maintaining a commitment to teaching, collegiality, and service. For more information about the program visit: 

Illinois State University and the College of Arts and Sciences: Illinois State University is the oldest public university in Illinois and has an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. ISU is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. ISU has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Please visit the University’s points of pride at The School of Social Work is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences (, which is the largest of ISU’s six Colleges both in student enrollment and staffing. It is a diverse collection of 16 Schools and Departments and 14 interdisciplinary minors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.  

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. For more information about our community, please visit

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin December 5, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please complete an online faculty application for posting #0712547 ( by uploading the requisite documents, which include a letter of application, a statement of vision and leadership style, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent via e-mail to Margaret Nauta, [email protected], by December 5, 2019. Your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until all required items and letters are uploaded.  

If you have questions about the position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Margaret Nauta ([email protected]). 

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.   




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Posted: 9/25/2019
Application Due: 11/24/2019
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Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.