Chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services

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Chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services

Job ID: 222569
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Department of Social Work and Human Services is comprised of diverse faculty representing a broad range of robust qualitative and quantitative scholarship and a strong record of community engagement and professional service. The Department offers an undergraduate degree in Human Services as well as the graduate Master of Social Work. Both are accredited programs (CSHSE and CSWE, respectively). Additionally, the Department offers certificates in Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation and Child Advocacy Studies, as well as a newly approved minor in nonprofit management.

The WellStar College of Health and Human Services is a dynamic and diverse college composed of four academic units: the Department of Social Work and Human Services, the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and the WellStar School of Nursing. The College also houses the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth and the Continuing Education Division. The WellStar College occupies a $60 million Health Science Building (Prillaman Hall). This LEED-certified, state-of-the-art building provides a quality facility of almost 200,000 square feet. It is a College on the move making significant contributions to excellence in education, community service (both locally and globally), and scholarship.

Job Summary
The WellStar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University seeks a visionary and effective leader to become the next Chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services. The chair is a 12-month position that reports directly to the Dean and provides academic and administrative leadership to a dynamic department of 14 multidisciplinary full-time faculty, a large pool of part-time faculty, three staff members, and approximately 400 students enrolled in the graduate and undergraduate programs. The Department of Social Work and Human Services prepares engaged, innovative professionals and global citizens who are educated to enrich the lives of individuals and families for the purpose of promoting social justice and enhancing the quality of communities.

The Department seeks a leader who can expand and promote innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. The primary responsibilities of the Chair include, but are not limited to, providing oversight and advancement of the Department's programs, students, and faculty; supporting a transparent shared governance environment; managing and allocating resources; reviewing and managing the Department's budget; working with external advisory boards; and overseeing accreditation processes.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate or its foreign equivalent in social work, human services, or other closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications
The successful candidate should 1) be a strong, innovative, and strategic visionary with empowering, democratic team-building and interpersonal skills; 2) have the ability to promote the vision and mission of the Department, College, and the University; and 3) have diverse professional experience supporting the administrative role. These include, taking leadership in strategic planning, managing budgets, managing personnel, allocating resources, maintaining accreditations, seeking external funding, building community collaborations, and promoting faculty scholarship. The Chair also serves as an instructional leader who maintains a record of teaching effectiveness and applied scholarly achievement.

The successful candidate should also have the following:

  • A demonstrated history of strong, decisive leadership working with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and external stakeholders.
  • A breadth of direct working knowledge providing oversight and fiscal responsibility relative to departmental or college budget management.
  • The ability to foster a culture of trust, transparency, and collegiality while serving as an advocate for the mission and values of the Department.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills for communication, consultation, and collaboration.
  • Experience collaborating and mentoring faculty in interdisciplinary setting(s).
  • A scholarship agenda that contributes to the Department's efforts to obtain external funding, guide community-based research, and create interdisciplinary research pursuits within and beyond the University based on KSU's R2 Roadmap.
  • Experience promoting, supporting, and creating infrastructure to support faculty research.
  • A record of academic excellence commensurate with tenure at the rank of full professor.

Required Documents to Attach
1) a curriculum vita;

2) a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, leadership philosophy, research/outreach/fundraising endeavors and potential contribution to departmental scholarship, and commitment to diversity and inclusion;

3) unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be requested upon hire); and

4) names and contact information of four references.

Apply Before Date
Guaranteed consideration deadline has been extended to February 12, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Dr. Kandice Porter, Interim Associate Dean, Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591, 470-578-6556, [email protected].

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

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Posted: 2/11/2021
Application Due: 2/11/2033
Work Type: Full Time