Dean of the School of Social Work
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About the College/Unit/Department
The School of Social Work prepares culturally responsive social
work practitioners, organizational leaders and scholars to address
social problems and promote social justice through teaching,
research and service.U.S. News & World Report
the School No. 12 among social work graduate programs in U.S.
public universities. There are approximately 35 total faculty
members in the School, which offers four degree programs: Bachelor
of Social Work, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts in Nonprofit
Management and Leadership and Doctor of Philosophy. The School also
offers master’s level dual
in law and public health at UGA, and a dual degree
program in social work and divinity with the Candler School of
Theology at Emory University. The School’s funded research and
study opportunities address emerging and persistent social
problems, across a variety of practice arenas, and inform public
policy regionally, nationally, and globally. The doctoral program
prepares social work professionals for careers in academic research
settings and for best practice in other forms of scientific
research in the public and private sectors.
The School counts among its recent successes a stellar
reaccreditation by the Council on Social Work Education for the BSW
and MSW programs through 2027, a new online MSW program, a large
number of PhD students who graduate with awards/honors, BSW
graduates who complete their degrees with Latin honors, and the
enrollment in MA and Nonprofit Certificate courses doubling in the
past five years. The School has five named professorships as well
as an endowment that has doubled over the last decade. Several
centers and institutes support faculty interdisciplinary research
and scholarship, including Center for Social Justice, Human and
Civil Rights, the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, and a new
Center for Human Trafficking Research & Outreach. The School
has an international student body and offers opportunity for global
engagement. The School is deeply committed to interdisciplinary
teaching and research consistent with its mission in preparing
social work leaders and supporting local community
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Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are
encouraged to submit their materials by Sunday, September 26, 2021;
however, screening will continue until the position is filled. The
application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the
applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs,
responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current
resume; and contact information for three references (who will not
be contacted without further correspondence with the
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- One or more degrees in the discipline of social work and a
doctorate level terminal degree such as a Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or
The Dean serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of
the School, reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Provost
. The Dean will provide visionary
leadership as well as principled administrative guidance and
advocacy for the tripartite mission of the School in teaching,
research, and public service/outreach. The Dean will promote
excellence and work effectively with faculty, staff, students,
University of Georgia administrators, and alumni to promote the
mission of the School. As the chief administrative officer for the
instruction, research, and service programs of the School of Social
Work, the Dean is assisted by the associate deans and a number of
directors of programs and services. The position is responsible for
growing funded research, programmatic planning, implementation and
assessment, budget development and management, and fundraising from
private sources. Additionally, the Dean works collaboratively with
other deans on campus-wide initiatives.
- A record of excellence in teaching, student mentoring,
scholarship/publications, and grant funding, to qualify for full
professor with tenure on appointment. Please see the School
guidelines for more information including the requirements for
the rank of Professor.
- To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must have
been tenured at a prior institution and bring a demonstrably
national reputation to UGA .
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or
- Proven ability to manage an academic organization as
demonstrated by a background that includes leadership experience as
department head, associate dean or the equivalent.
- A demonstrated track record of supporting and expanding
high-quality research programs and interdisciplinary research.
- A background in faculty and academic affairs, budget
development, and human resources.
- A demonstrated track record of supporting innovative learning
and student success at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- A demonstrated track record of understanding and supporting
evidence-based clinical, community, and policy practices,
engagement, and outreach.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
- Strong executive leadership with good budgetary skills.
- Ability to interact positively with constituent groups at the
local level, federal and state agencies, volunteer and professional
organizations, nongovernmental organizations and foundations whose
goals are consistent with the mission of the School of Social
- Ability to be a successful fundraiser, working with foundations
and individual donors as well as encouraging externally supported
- Ability to communicate the mission and importance of the
programs in the School of Social Work to internal and external
- Administrative and leadership abilities including, promoting a
culture of innovation and strategic agility; thoughtful,
intelligent, visionary leadership; strong team-building skills; and
the ability to deliver results on time and get things done.
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to teaching, research,
service and outreach in the profession of social work.
- A bold vision for building the research enterprise of the
- A clear vision for the growth of existing and the development
of new instruction and service learning programs.
- A clear understanding and commitment to the mission of a
- The highest degree of personal integrity and an ability to gain
the confidence of the faculty and staff, both internal and external
to the School, through effective communications and transparent
- The commitment to be an altruistic leader, including serving as
mentor to faculty, department chairs and other leaders.
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under the age of 18 or direct patient care?
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IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to
chemicals and medications)
Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with
financial responsibilities. For additional information about the
credit check criteria, visit the
UGA Credit Background Check
- Provide energetic and visionary leadership, as well as
principled administrative guidance and advocacy with faculty,
staff, students, and alumni to promote the tripartite land-grant
mission of the School in teaching, research, and public
- Promote, maintain, and enhance an inclusive and diverse
- Work in close collaboration with the associate deans and
directors to lead the instruction, research, public service as well
as the institutional advancement of the School.
- Communicate the mission and importance of the programs of the
School of Social Work to external audiences so as to enhance,
acquire and sustain private and public financial and non-financial
- Recruit, retain, and develop excellent faculty.
- Lead resource generation and management for the school.
- Interact positively with constituent groups in business and
industry, federal and state agencies, volunteer and professional
organizations, and foundations whose goals are consistent with the
mission of the School.
- Represent the School to the University administration and
provide leadership in guiding, engaging and building partnerships,
including on campus-wide initiatives.
- Work collaboratively with other deans on campus-wide
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