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Assistant Dean of Social Work

University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 3, 2023

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Administrative, Deans
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Assistant Dean of Social Work

  • Job No: 524448
  • Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
  • Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA College of Health
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Social Work is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Dean of Social Work at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Applicants must hold a PhD in social work or related field and an MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program.

Reporting to the Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Health, the Assistant Dean of Social Work's primary responsibility (51%) is to provide effective leadership of all academic (teaching and research) and administrative matters in the School of Social Work and to be a member of the College of Health leadership team. Specific duties include but are not limited to: unit organization and strategic planning, recruitment and retention of high quality faculty and staff, budget development and management to assure adequate resources to fulfill the mission of the school, curriculum and instruction, and active academic program accreditation reaffirmation oversight. The Assistant Dean of Social Work leads the school's strategic planning efforts, and actively advocates for the School of Social Work with constituencies both internal and external to the university. The Assistant Dean engages and works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and represents the School in various professional settings. In their role as a member of the College of Health leadership team, the Assistant Dean of Social Work is expected to regularly consult with the Dean's Office and actively collaborate with other assistant deans in the College in order to advance the missions of both the School of Social Work and the College of Health.

In addition to these administrative duties, the Assistant Dean of Social Work is also expected to teach courses, conduct scholarly research, and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession. These additional non-administrative activities comprise the remainder of the Assistant Dean of Social Work's workload (49%).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Experience in a generalist / advanced generalist social work program
  • The ability to represent and strongly advocate for the School's teaching and research
    mission to a variety of constituencies, external and internal, including funding agencies
  • Experience with CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and the reaccreditation process
  • Professional experience in administration; knowledge of and experience with budget management, research funding
    issues, policies, and allocation of resources
  • A demonstrated successful history of leading and managing change in a complex organization;
  • The ability to build teams for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service
  • Experience teaching online social work courses and online education social work programs/curricula
  • Experience teaching face-to-face social work courses
  • Experience with rural communities and rural social work practice
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills

    Preferred Experience:
    Extensive academic experience in relevant field, to include curriculum, interprofessional education, faculty, student advising, accreditation, grant writing, and research processes.
    Successful experience in strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation, tracking and disseminating information, management of enrollments, program assessment and oversight.

    Required Education or Training:
  • Earned PhD in social work or related field
  • MSW from a CSWE accredited program

  • Effective and inclusive academic administrative and supervisory leadership experience at the university level
  • Minimum of two years of post-master's social work practice experience
  • Possess national distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner, and educator
  • A strong record of research, teaching, and service warranting appointment at the academic rank of Associate Professor
    or Full Professor.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring faculty in research, obtaining funding support for their work, teaching, and service
  • Ability to meaningfully contribute to an anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion academic professional culture
  • Record of teaching in BSW and/or MSW programs

    Salary Information:

    This is a Term-Funded, Exempt, Full-Time, Non-Represented, 12-month position with full employee benefits package. Salary will be determined upon initial appointment based upon academic rank, record of scholarly accomplishment and achievement, and demonstrated prior administrative experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter/statement of interest that highlights your: qualifications for this position, teaching philosophy, research agenda, experience/success in securing funding and mentoring faculty research and your fit for this position.

  • Statement of your leadership experience, approach, philosophy, commitments, and vision.

  • Statement of your commitment and specific contributions to building anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic setting.

  • Curriculum vitae detailing: education and training, degrees conferred, and relevant certifications; description of post-master's degree social work experience, including social work practice experience(s) in rural contexts; description of prior administrative roles, including prior experience with budget development and overall management of unrestricted and restricted funds; record of scholarly achievements in research, teaching, and service; professional honors, awards and recognitions.

  • Names and complete contact information for a minimum of three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

The successful candidate must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment as well as any national and/or state credentialing certificates.

This is not a remote position. This position will be working at the Anchorage campus.

The UAA School of Social Work seeks an experienced and collaborative leader who brings a creative, inspirational vision and strong leadership, as well as strong organizational and management skills to spearhead the school's goals of doubling the number of MSW graduates in five years and expanding the BSW program to support the growth of Alaska's health, behavioral health, and social service workforce.

UAA and its community campuses are located in some of the most breathtaking settings in the world. The attractive wooded campus at the foot of the Chugach Mountains serves as a central hub for Alaska's largest city. Serving more than 10,000 students in a region covering nearly 85,000 square miles, UAA is the largest of the three state universities forming the University of Alaska system. Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as “community-engaged,” UAA is a comprehensive university consisting of a main campus in Anchorage, four community campuses in southcentral Alaska, and several extension sites in rural communities and on military installations. As an open-enrollment institution, UAA has a unique university mission, spanning occupational certificates and AA degrees to Ph.D.'s. Many of our students are first-generation college students. The UAA community celebrates a rich cultural heritage and diverse student body.

The School of Social Work has accredited BSW and MSW programs designed to prepare practitioners to meet the social service needs of a large, diverse, multi-cultural state. The BSW is primarily campus-based, with courses offered rotationally in a distance format. The MSW delivers instruction through distance delivery to over 80 students living in rural and urban communities across Alaska with practicum experiences available in the students' home communities. The MSW program also offers an MSW / MPH Dual Degree in collaboration with the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences. The UAA School of Social Work enjoys considerable community support and prepares students for addressing the needs of diverse populations in rural, remote, and urban areas of the State of Alaska. The curriculum involves course delivery through face-to-face, hybrid, and distanced delivered courses, and all courses are highly accessible to students residing outside of Anchorage. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation was re-affirmed in June of 2018 through 2026.

The UAA School of Social Work web page may be found at:

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Bradley Myrstol, at

Applications Close: Open until filled

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