Chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services

Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services

Department of Social Work and Human Services


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.


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


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.


For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs.

Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.


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Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.