Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
January 13, 2018
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is ranked #10 by the U.S. News and World Report. A total of 98 undergraduate and 498 graduate students are matriculated in the school's three degree programs – Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Doctor of Philosophy – which are taught by a diverse and engaged faculty. Home to 36 full-time faculty and 25 staff, the school generates $35.3 million in research and training funding and has satellite MSW programs at University of Pittsburgh's Bradford and Johnstown campuses.
Reporting to and working with the Provost, the Dean of the School of Social Work will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the school and its role within the University of Pittsburgh. The dean is a senior academic officer of the University and joins a collaborative, energetic group of recently recruited deans as a member of the Council of Deans.
The next Dean of the School of Social Work will be a strategic and visionary leader with a deep commitment to social work values. The ideal candidate should be an inspiring and unifying individual who is at the forefront of diversity and inclusion strategies, curriculum reform, and interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of academic accomplishments and scholarship appropriate for appointment at the rank of professor, and a vision for how to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape in the field of social work and higher education more broadly.
The School of Social Work is positioned to move forward to the next level of excellence as the school enters its second century. The next dean will find a highly talented and diverse faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research leveraging the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh, including strong partnerships with the schools of the health sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The next dean will be poised to continue to strengthen cross-campus partnerships with units such as the new School of Computing and Information, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Law. The school is strategically positioned to lead the future of social work education in a range of specialties such as integrated health; gerontology; school social work; mental health; human services management; and children, youth, and families. These program specialties address issues across the life span and reflect the diversity of programming available to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Building on the strengths of the city of Pittsburgh, the school is deeply engaged in the local, urban community while also capitalizing on the breadth of exposure across the state through the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh.
For priority consideration, please apply by February 9, 2018. Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant's motivation to apply.
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt... faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.