Chair, Social Work Department and Associate or Full Professor of Social Work

Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Social Work Department in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana seeks an associate professor or full professor to serve as its Department Chair beginning in July 2021. The twelve-month position involves both administrative and teaching responsibilities. Review of candidates will begin March 27, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Position Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in social work or a similarly related discipline from an accredited Institution.
  • An MSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program and a minimum of two years of post MSW practice experience.
  • Experience with CSWE accreditation standards at both the BSW and MSW levels.
  • Two years of University–level administrative experience: Chair, Program Director, or other significant administrative responsibilities.
  • Strong record of university-level teaching and advising experience, scholarly work, and service within the university, community, and profession commensurate with an appointment of a tenured associated or full professor.
  • Demonstrate commitment with diversity, equity, inclusion, community engagement, and social justice issues.
  • Knowledge of online teaching and learning.
  • Experience managing budgets.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong, effective, and collaborative leadership skills for a diverse social work department.
  • Ability to recognize and reward excellence, promote team building, and accountability.
  • Support new technologies and leadership in curriculum development, including the exploration of online courses and programming.
  • Experience with personnel reviews, tenure and promotions.
  • Mentorship of faculty in all phases of their careers.
  • Experience in strategic planning, program reviews, resource management, and grant writing.
  • Ability to work with a variety of constituencies, including university administration, faculty, students, and community to best represent the interests of the department.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining community relationships.


The mission of the USI Social Work Department is to prepare students for competency-driven practice focused on evolving issues in the community. The Social Work Department, consisting of 15 full time faculty members, was recently reaccredited by CSWE. Our undergraduate program consists of 125 students who have been admitted into the program along with over 100 pre-major students. Our graduate program, with a clinical concentration, consists of 100 students amongst the various cohorts. The Department also houses the Center for Social Justice Education which promotes social justice and empowerment through education, research, and collaboration. Faculty members are strongly collegial across the university, with a commitment to teaching excellence, scholarship, and service to the University and the region. Visit to learn more.


The University of Southern Indiana is in Evansville, Indiana’s third-largest city with an estimated metro population of 314,000. Located on the Ohio River, it is the commercial, medical and cultural hub of southwestern Indiana and the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area, and is within driving distance to Louisville, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, Nashville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Evansville is home to numerous museums, the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, Tropicana Evansville casino, an emerging sports tourism industry and growing arts, culture and entertainment districts. Major employers can be found in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution and retail.

The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation is the third-largest school district in Indiana, with more than 23,000 PreK-12 students across 40 schools. Evansville is also home to public charter Signature School, the #1 High School in Indiana and #3 charter school in the country as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2019.

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 10,700 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 130 areas of study. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 20,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement. The University offers study-abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries and is host to international students from around the globe. A competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference, USI offers 17 varsity intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. USI is online at


The USI College of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunities to develop the fundamentals of a liberal education upon which to base a lifetime of learning and to concentrate in studies that form the foundation for professional pursuits. The College’s 14 departments currently enroll more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students. The College also houses USI Theatre, offering a full season of fully-staged productions each year in the USI Performance Center, and multiple art galleries and exhibition spaces.


To apply, please follow the directions on our page. When completing the application, you will be given the opportunity to attach the additional numbered documents required for this position:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of application summarizing candidate’s interest, qualifications and professional experience in relation to the advertised position
  • Statements of teaching and leadership philosophy
  • Contact information for five current references who can speak to candidate’s administrative and/or teaching qualifications and skills
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required at a later date)


Materials should be provided electronically within this web-based applicant system and to the attention of Dr. Silvia Rode, Search Committee Chair.


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the University of Southern Indiana considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or marital status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other category protected by law or identified by the University as a protected class.