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Associate Professor/Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inc

School of Social Work
Seattle, Washington State (US)
$14,000 - $22,000
Date posted
Jan 29, 2024

The University of Washington School of Social Work is seeking to fill the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly research, teaching, and administration.

This is a senior tenure track faculty position, promotion eligible (depending on the rank upon appointment) at the rank of Associate or Full Professor depending on qualifications.  This appointment will be effective no later than September 16, 2024.

This administrative and faculty position is tenure track and promotion eligible, depending on rank has a 9-month service period) contract at 100% FTE, with up to 2.5 paid months of summer salary based on curricular and administrative need. Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW); a Masters in Social Work;  an LICSW.

The base salary range for this position will be $14,000 - $22,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

The School of Social Work is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. The UW School of Social Work is a national and international leader in social work research, practice, and instruction.  Its mission is to use a social justice lens to best serve diverse populations in Washington State, the nation, and across international borders. 


The position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and DEI offers a unique opportunity for an accomplished senior scholar and administrator to provide strong management and leadership in the school and across the University of Washington.  The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader who helps guide and grow the school’s innovative instructional programs and enhance the school’s commitments to DEI.   


The successful candidate will be expected to support the School’s teaching mission, including our commitment to social justice. This position will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The School is committed to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all. This social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who, in their practice, scholarship, and research, demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse populations. Our faculty engage our diverse student body and a broad range of community partners.   


The position serves in a leadership role at the School, working closely with other educational programs, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission of the School. The School is one of the professional schools within the UW Health Sciences, and this position leads initiatives and projects that promote interprofessional collaborations with other health science units and represents the School with other units and projects across the UW Seattle campus and the UW system. They will also work in close partnership with the UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice.

The responsibilities for the academic affairs include:

  • Working closely and collaboratively with relevant curriculum policy-making bodies
  • Providing leadership on issues related to the development and enhancement of the degree programs
  • Providing overall coordination of workload planning across the three programs taking into account school-wide needs based on input from faculty
  • Overseeing program evaluation activities, including the PhD, MSW, and BASW programs, employer surveys, and involving the appropriate faculty groups in the design and interpretation  of these assessment activities
  • Providing overall coordination for events specifically related to the professional degree programs including orientation of auxiliary faculty and doctoral students teaching in these programs
  • Participating in the orientation of new tenure-track faculty
  • Leading efforts on student matriculation and retention issues; recruitment and admissions; field placement activities; other activities as appropriate
  • Working with the Dean and Associate Dean for Research to regularly review and support faculty development in the areas of teaching and research/scholarship
  • Providing programmatic oversight and coordination with the UW Tacoma campus social work programs
  • Serving as the contact with CSWE related to the professional degree programs and coordinating the School's accreditation processes
  • Representing the Dean's Office on School committees as deemed appropriate 

The functions for DEI include:

  • Lead faculty, staff, and students in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of goals related to DEI, anti-racism, and maintain ongoing dialogues with all stakeholders
  • Develop and articulate programs, practices, and processes that connect equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism with organizational culture and success;
  • Be a thought partner and collaborator with administrative leadership in setting annual goals for advancing DEI initiatives
  • Provide guidance, leadership, and opportunities for professional development to faculty and staff around DEI initiatives
  • Facilitate new initiatives, activities, and events that promote DEI and anti-racism within the school
  • Monitor and assess DEI and anti-racism outcomes as outlined in the strategic plan
  • Utilize metrics to determine effectiveness of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Serve as a direct liaison between university wide leadership of DEI and anti-racism work
  • Participate in senior leadership meetings, task forces, and special committees as deemed necessary by senior leadership, and inform stakeholders of activities that advance the school’s strategic priorities in around DEI work
  • Address social climate issues and propose strategies that will help the college advance in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • .Serve as the Dean’s representative to University committees and related groups as needed.


  • Applicants must have a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in social work, social welfare, psychology, sociology or an appropriate social or health science discipline and demonstrate evidence of scholarly productivity commensurate with rank.
  • A strong administrative and leadership track record
  • A record in promoting and influencing DEI in an academic environment
  • Expertise working with historically marginalized and diverse communities
  • A background in anti-racist, anti-oppressive social work practice and working with local community agencies, and government programs
  • Must demonstrate a record of teaching, research, and administrative leadership in the field of Social Work 


The search will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This search is highly competitive and only those candidates who meet the listed requirements will be considered. Qualified persons from underrepresented communities and populations encouraged to apply.  

Required application materials:

  1. Letter of application outlining research, teaching, and practice areas and state the reasons for your interest in the position, and address the ways your qualifications, experience and background fit the duties and qualifications for the position as listed in this position announcement
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Five confidential letters of recommendation through Interfolio.
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. A diversity statement: a brief statement on how your teaching, research and/or service contribute to diversity through scholarship or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups
  6. Examples of scholarly work (up to 5 examples)
  7. Copies of teaching evaluations and samples of course syllabi, if available. 

For inquiries, please contact:  Don Berg, Academic Human Resources Manager

Subject line: Associate Dean for AA and DEI


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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