Dean of Social Work

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Dean of Social Work



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The University of Alabama (UA) seeks an innovative, future-oriented, and facilitative leader with a high scholarly profile to serve as the next dean of the School of Social Work. The next dean will lead the School on community-engaged research initiatives and social justice solutions for Alabama and beyond. Based on a shared vision for the School, the new dean will provide proactive leadership on academic programs, advancement and development, budget, faculty and staff management, planning, and research. The School seeks a high-integrity individual with a commitment to shared governance principles, including accountable leadership, collaborative decision-making, and effective, open and transparent communication. The School values community engagement skills and the ability to build and sustain positive relationships with students and alumni, the business community, state and federal government officials, and additional stakeholder groups to support the goals of the School and University. The successful candidate must possess an earned doctoral degree, with an ideal candidate having at least one degree in social work. The candidate must also possess a record of excellence in research and scholarship that merits appointment as a tenured full professor. The School encourages members of historically under-represented groups to apply.

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The University is located in the city of Tuscaloosa (, and is one of the nation’s premier public universities offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study. UA’s more than 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. UA is one of the nation’s fastest-growing flagship universities. UA currently enrolls more than 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and attracts more than half of its students from out of state. UA recently achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (formerly R1) status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UA employs more than 1,850 faculty. Faculty members work closely with students, and many involve students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in basic and applied research.

Established in 1965, the UA School of Social Work ranks among the top accredited social work graduate programs in the United States. There are approximately 700 students across the School’s BSW, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs, which include coordinated master’s degrees with The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the UA School of Law. Of the over 600 social work programs in the nation, the UA School of Social Work is the only one outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area that offers BSW and MSW students the unique opportunity to complete their semester-long field experience in Washington, D.C. The School has emphasized building its international focus across scholarship, teaching, and field activities. The School’s 36 full-time faculty and 41 professional and support staff members are dedicated to the success of its programs and students. The School’s faculty and staff actively engage with the community, with over $18 million of externally funded research grant and contract dollars used to drive initiatives supportive of social justice across Alabama and beyond.

Additional information about UA, the School of Social Work and the position is available in the search profile, located at:

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a statement of leadership philosophy, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: [email protected] Best consideration will be given to applications received by August 20, 2020.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at [email protected] or Chris Butler at [email protected], consultants with Academic Search, Washington, D.C.

Further information about the University of Alabama is available at For more information on the School of Social Work see

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Posted: 6/3/2020
Application Due: 12/19/2020
Work Type: Full Time