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Associate/Full Professor (Human Services - Program Director of Social Work)

Valdosta State University
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Human Services in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services seeks applicants for a 12 month, tenure-track faculty position to serve as the Program Director for Social Work for the 2022-2023 academic year. This position seeks applicants who are experienced, highly motivated, culturally proficient, and effective social work educators.  The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, maintaining scholarly productivity, leading the Social Work program, program administration, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Valdosta State University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. 

The Department of Human Service is housed in the Dewar College of Education and offers graduate programs in Counselor Education, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, and a Gifted and Talented endorsement.  The Social Work program was founded in 1995 and has been reaffirmed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. The program utilizes signature pedagogy in order to prepare students for a career in professional social work practice. For more information visit the department website at https://

Review of completed applications will begin June 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.  For more information please contact Dr. Heather Kelley, Department Head of Human Services, via email or phone 229-259-5078.


The program is seeking an energetic Program Director who can work within the academy and community to build a strong foundation for a high functioning Social Work program. The Program Director position has a focus on administration with the expectation of teaching. Duties of this position include,

  • liaising with the Department Head of Human Services and the Social Work faculty;
  • working closely with the Director of Field Placements to ensure a strong linkage between didactic and experiential learning;
  • strategic planning;
  • teaching;
  • communication;
  • program administration;
  • conducting and publishing research;
  • attending and presenting research at conferences;
  • participating in student advising;
  • assisting or leading grant opportunities;
  • assisting in creating a strong linkage between My Friends House and Social Work faculty and students;
  • ensuring continual compliance and maintenance of full accreditation status by the Council on Social Work Education;
  • lead the Social Work program in the reaccreditation process;
  • performing other appropriate duties to maintain a high functioning program.


  • Doctorate in Social Work (Ph.D. or DSW);
  • MSW from an accredited CSWE program with a minimum of two years post master’s experience;
  • demonstrated active engagement in Social Work practice;
  • held the rank of Associate or Full Professor;
  • possess an understanding of the Social Work field;
  • demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning as illustrated by a record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • record of scholarship appropriate to rank and discipline;
  • commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • A record of effective and high impact teaching practices in higher education appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • experience with grants as an administrator or generating deliverables;
  • a record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds;
  • minimum of three years of successful leadership or supervisory experience;
  • administration experience in higher education;
  • licensed eligible or willing to become a Georgia Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • licensed eligible or willing to become a Georgia Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Valdosta State University, founded in 1906 and elevated to university status in 1993, is a regional comprehensive university located on a gorgeous 168-acre campus of palm trees, vast green lawns, Spanish mission style architecture and an award-winning design. The university serves a student enrollment of approximately 11,200 from all states within the US and hosts over 300 international students from more than 76 countries. Located in the city of Valdosta, the city is a very family-friendly area with new housing developments, modest living costs, excellent public and private schools, a vibrant music and arts scene, and a 170-acre theme park, Wild Adventures. The city is served by the Valdosta Regional Airport and is home to Moody Air Force Base. The city is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75 and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida and a three-hour drive of Atlanta, Georgia. For more information visit and for more information about the community visit http://

Online application is required and should be submitted at

VSU is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a nondiscrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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