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Director, School of Social Work

Western Michigan University
49008, Kalamazoo
Salary range of $130,000 – 135,000, with an excellent benefits package.
Date posted
Jan 23, 2024

Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director in the School of Social Work. The director is the school’s chief academic and executive officer and reports to and advises the dean regarding the school. The director also serves on the College Administrative Council, which addresses college-wide policy and planning issues. The incumbent will hold rank and tenure. The director promotes shared governance and provides leadership to:

Major Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting, hiring, developing, supporting, retaining, and evaluating faculty and staff.
  • Strategic planning including program planning, implementation, and assessment.
  • Financial and resource management.
  • Fostering excellence in faculty teaching and supporting a learner-centered culture
  • Fostering scholarship and externally funded grants and contracts with continued growth in these areas.
  • Fundraising and development of pertinent external constituencies.
  • Outreach activities consistent with the duties of Chair, including community relations.
  • Engaging the Social Work community to build relationships for SWRK program support, including education resources.
  • Directing accreditation processes and maintaining standards including student assessments and outcomes.
  • Promoting university goals and policies as well as strong advocacy for Western Michigan University and its faculty, staff, and students.
  • Communicating effectively with all constituents.
  • Adhering to all university policies and practices as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal regulations and laws as related to the School of Social Work, the College of Health and Human Services, and relevant collective bargaining agreements.
  • Managing student enrollment and retention with emphasis on academic excellence and diversity.
  • Participating and contributing to the overall mission of the university, including but not limited to actions for and by the School of Social Work that will further the goals as described in the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (accessible at
  • Representing the school in discussions with agents of the university and greater community.
  • Contributing to an interdisciplinary environment of research, instruction, and community collaborations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree from either an accredited US social work program, or from an international social work program eligible for CSWE competence equivalency (a supporting ISWDRES Equivalency Determination Letter is required).
  • Doctorate in social work or a related field.
  • Two or more years of post M.S.W. social work practice.
  • A record of academic leadership, administration, teaching, research, and service.
  • Substantial experience in social work education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Established record of resource development within higher education.
  • Experience with CSWE accreditation processes.
  • Experience in on-line education, the use of technology in education, and a drive to innovate curriculum.
  • Academic rank qualifying for full professor with tenure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Michigan social work license or eligibility for license in the State of Michigan.

The University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan,
is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of over 16,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WMU as a doctoral university and one of just 185 public universities in the nation conducting research at a high level.

The College: The College of Health and Human Services is located in a 195,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art teaching technologies and spacious research laboratories. The college enrolls nearly 2,000 students, with more than a third of those at the graduate level. The college includes programs in blindness and low vision studies, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work, speech, language and hearing sciences, holistic health care, alcohol and drug abuse, health administration, interdisciplinary health services, public health, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences. The college has received a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Education, The College also operates the Unified Clinics, a multidisciplinary service/training clinic. Learn more about our growing college at, including our statement on race and anti-racism

Department: The School of Social Work is a BSW and MSW program with two concentrations (Clinical Social Work and Policy, Planning and Administration) and two specializations (Trauma, and School Social Work) offered throughout three teaching sites in Southwest Michigan. As a mid-sized public university, the School has over 100 BSW students and over 300 MSW students in the program at three locations, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo in Southwest Michigan. The School has a highly rated Trauma Program and one of only two approved School social work post-MSW programs in the state, and is home to the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. The School has a diverse and substantive field education base, and has received extensive external funding in behavioral health training, children’s trauma, and services for current and former foster youth. The 17 full-time faculty work together to advanced social, economic, and environmental justice through social work education and partnership with community stakeholders.

Salary: Salary range of $130,000 – 135,000, with an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2024.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Required application documents: Faculty Credential Summary; a letter describing qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences related to the position; and names, titles, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Chair of Search committee: Alessander Danna-dos-Santos.

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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