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Associate Dean for Research

The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX

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Four-Year Institution

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Associate Dean for Research


Social Work



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Job Summary:

The School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for Associate Dean for Research at the Associate or Full Professor rank, with tenure.
In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States.

Benefits at UTA:

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CBC Requirement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic vision and leadership in meeting the School’s research goals as defined by the SSW and UTA strategic plans, as well as developing and refining the School’s research mission.
  • Provides mentoring and facilitates mentoring networks for faculty and Ph.D. students.
  • Provides consultation and assistance to faculty and Ph.D. students in pursuing research career trajectories that have high scientific and community impact and elevate the scholarly profile of the School of Social Work and UTA.
  • Provides consultation and assistance to faculty and Ph.D. students regarding identification of potential funding sources and collaborations for their area of study.
  • Provides consultation and assistance to faculty and Ph.D. students regarding preparation and submission of proposals to diversify and expand research funding.
  • Promotes opportunities for engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in research.
  • Forms collaborative research groups to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration within the SSW and across disciplines at UTA.
  • Develops, expands, and maintains research partnerships with community and industry partners, including entrepreneurship and intellectual property, such as copyright and patents.
  • Ensures that School of Social Work research-related activities are compliant with SSW, UTA, funders, state and federal policies and procedures related to research.
  • Provides ongoing inclusive supervision and professional development for personnel who provide research-related support services.
  • Engages with the marketing and communications department to promote visibility and impact of faculty research and other accomplishments
  • Works collaboratively with the Ph.D. director to ensure sustainable support, retention, and growth of the Ph.D. program.
  • Collaborates to develop and oversee a significant budget to meet the goals of the SSW in fostering the positive development of research-active faculty and Ph.D. students.
    • Supports recruitment, hiring, and orientation of new faculty
    • Coordinates holistic and inclusive professional development opportunities related to the multiple roles of faculty members
    • Oversees and provides support to the faculty committee for promotion, tenure, and annual review processes
    • Facilitates recognition for faculty in research, teaching, and service.
    • Oversees mechanisms for faculty grievances

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned research-focused Ph.D. in social work or related field.
  • Eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or higher.
  • A demonstrated record of program and research leadership.
  • A demonstrated record of large-scale external funding.
  • A strong record of working with and supporting the professional growth and development of colleagues; including full and part-time faculty, staff and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MSW from a CSWE accredited program
  • Eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor
  • A demonstrated record of leading externally funded research
  • Established program of research with significant federal funding

Department Information:

The School of Social Work promotes the highest standards of integrity and excellence in research, teaching, and service. It creates collaborative scholarly and educational opportunities for students and the community, with the goal of achieving a just society. We are one of the largest programs in the country, with more than 2,200 students enrolled in the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. programs.

The School is home to the Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies, the Center for Child Welfare, and the Center for Clinical Social Work, as well as serving as host for the University’s Diversity Studies Minor. It is also home to two professional journals: The Journal of Policy Practice and Research and Adoption Quarterly. We are excited to showcase our new, state-of-the-art facility that opened in Spring 2023. Join us in our new building!

University Information:

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations:

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply applicants should go to and submit the following materials:

Required Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter (to include, at a minimum):
    • Faculty mentorship philosophy statement
    • Research statement

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions may be addressed to: Poco Kernsmith, PhD, Search Chair, at
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