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Director, School of Social Work's Center on Race and Social Problems

University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) is seeking applications for a full-time Director. CRSP’s mission is to conduct applied social-science research on race, color, and ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans. CRSP, founded by Dean Emeritus Larry E. Davis in 2002, is the longest-standing center within a school of social work to focus explicitly on race. As we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the center, we seek a creative, productive, and visionary scholar and researcher to lead the center into the future.  The selected candidate will be hired as a full professor with tenure and may be eligible for an endowed chair in the School of Social Work.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar and leader who has experience with academic centers and has conducted rigorous original research, built successful inter-disciplinary research collaborations, and demonstrated a high level of productivity in areas consistent with the center’s focus on the relationship between race and/or racial disparities as related to education, health, mental health, aging, child welfare, and youth and families.

The selected candidate will be responsible for directing and advancing the multi-faceted aspects of the Center and lead efforts to advance the Center’s strategic vision and supporting goals:

  1. Provide intellectual leadership on research related to race.
  2. Position CRSP as a national-thought leader and hub through research, public dialogue and education on race related topics.   
  3. Establish and facilitate inter-disciplinary research networks and collaborations for race related scholarship. 
  4. Provide mentorship and intellectual resources to integrate the study of race into new and sustainable programs of research.
  5. Serve as a keystone in the School of Social Work’s ongoing commitment to nurture support under-represented faculty and students.

As a senior leader within the School of Social Work and on campus, the incumbent will also have the opportunity to leverage the resources of the Office of the Provost and the reputation of the Center recruit, develop, promote, and retain African American and other faculty who conduct race-related research, across the university.  This role is imperative for building a pipeline of scholars through inter-disciplinary mentorship and collaboration, with CRSP serving as a leader on campus and in the community for advancing inclusion and networking for underrepresented faculty and students. 

Qualification and Experience

  • A doctorate in Social Work, Sociology, Education, Law, Public Health, or related field
  • Demonstrated research expertise and track record
  • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership capacity, with preference to candidates who have experience developing, directing, or working in academic research centers 
  • Demonstrated qualifications required for the rank of full professor

To Apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh Talent Center found here:

Complete applications will include.

  • Letter of application highlighting interest and relevant experience
  • Curriculum Vitae

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you experience any problems, please contact Megan Soltesz at

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

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