Director, School of Social Work

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Director, School of Social Work
Employee Classification: Director
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: School of Social Work
Campus Location: Normal, IL

Job Summary

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, 2024. As the School’s chief administrative officer, the Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Director will lead the School by fostering an atmosphere conducive to teaching, research, and service. The Director will facilitate strategic planning within the School, represent the School at the College and University level, and help secure the resources the School needs to accomplish its goals. The Director also teaches one course per year.

Illinois State University and the School of Social Work are deeply committed to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). ISU places a strong emphasis on the importance of shared governance and academic freedom. The Director must demonstrate a commitment to these core values. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and can contribute to a climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

The School of Social Work: The School is a vibrant, dynamic, and energetic group of faculty, staff, and students with CSWE re-affirmation completed in 2023. We are academically diverse and passionate about meeting the needs of and connecting with our students. As an R2 institution, we value a balance between scholarship, teaching, and service. We offer undergraduate and graduate social work degree programs, with graduate concentrations in School Social Work and Child and Family Practice.
The School enjoys ongoing and committed relationships with local and state partners. Graduates from our program have gone on to rich and rewarding careers in child welfare, medical, behavioral healthcare, and various school settings. The School hosts an annual Social Justice Action Forum and an annual continuing education conference. For more information about the program visit:

Illinois State University: Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large- university opportunities. Founded in 1857, ISU is the oldest public university in Illinois with an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students in its six colleges. The School of Social Work is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences ( which is home to 19 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. Please visit the University’s points of pride at Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of America’s best public national universities based on academic quality and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Edvocate have consistently named Illinois State University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For”. Washington Monthly ranked the University No. 62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recognized Illinois State University with the 2021 Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, highlighting the University’s efforts encouraging students to be engaged and educated citizens in partnership with the community.

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Rivian Motors, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters. 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. Forbes magazine ranked Bloomington-Normal the 66th best small places for businesses and careers and 13th best for education ( Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. For more information on our community, please visit

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications

1. Doctorate in Social Work or a closely related discipline.
2. Teaching and research experience commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor within the School of Social Work at ISU.
3. An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program.
4. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
5. Knowledge of and/or experience with CSWE accreditation guidelines.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

July 1, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) Cover Letter
2) Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Statement (1-3 pages)
3) Statement of Leadership Style (1-3 pages)
4) Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research (1-3 pages)
5) Curriculum Vitae
6) Contact Information for At Least Three (3) References

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 8, 2023.
Review of applications will begin immediately after and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Search Committee Chair
Dr. Craig Cullen

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 10/27/2023 08:30 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled

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Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


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Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


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Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

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