The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University (Mason) seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Social Work. This is a 12-month, tenured full professor faculty position with an opportunity to build and transform the social work department and discipline.
Mason, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest, most diverse, and innovative public university in Virginia with more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation's capital. Mason has two other satellite campuses in Arlington and Manassas, Virginia. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to access to excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive access to excellence.
About the College: The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University comprises five academic units in addition to Social Work: Global and Community Health; Health Administration, Policy and Informatics; Nursing; Nutrition and Food Studies; and Rehabilitation Science, fielding a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs (BS through PhD). The College has seven academic programs that are externally accredited. The College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate and 950 graduate students and approximately 140 faculty and staff. The College is currently transitioning to become a college of public health. Further information about the College may be found at: https://chhs.gmu.edu.
The College has just opened its Population Health Center (PHC), which is a state-of-the art clinical and research facility located in the Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall on the Fairfax campus. It will offer integrated primary and behavioral health care to the community and house population-based research while providing experiential learning and professional development opportunities for students within a transdisciplinary setting. The PHC is a space on the Mason campus where the Department of Social Work's faculty and students, alongside their transdisciplinary collaborators and community partners, can deliver behavioral health and work together to address some of the profession's most pressing social challenges.
About the Department: The Department of Social Work has internationally recognized faculty for their expertise in areas of behavioral health, older adults, children and youth, and immigration, with a proud history of faculty-student-community research collaborations. The Department of Social Work offers BSW and MSW degree programs with an educational and research mission focusing on practice and policy interventions that improve health and well-being and promote economic and social justice, particularly for underserved individuals, families, and communities. It has just launched a highly-enrolled online MSW degree program, and is building a PhD degree. The Department comprises 17 faculty and serves approximately 200 BSW and 250 MSW students. The Department enjoys its location 15 miles from Washington, DC, which allows students internship opportunities at some of the country's most sought-after national, government, and community field sites. Further information about the Department may be found at: https://socialwork.gmu.edu/
Responsibilities: The chair will provide visionary leadership for the department's academic, research, practice, and service mission, while managing fiscal resources. The chair is also responsible for faculty recruitment, promoting mentorship of early and mid-career faculty, facilitating professional development of all faculty and staff, strengthening the undergraduate and graduate academic enterprise, and promoting the department to various constituent groups in keeping with the College and University's strategic initiatives. The chair is expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills serving as a strong advocate for the department.
Required Qualifications: Highest earned degree a PhD with either an MSW or the PhD in social work/social welfare; demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and mentoring student research; leadership and management experience; ability to problem solve, think critically, and be able to adjust to a rapidly changing environment; and a vetted researcher with a record of refereed publications in high impact journals and extramurally-funded research to merit tenure as a full professor.
Preferred Qualifications: MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program (or recognized equivalency); thorough knowledge and understanding of CSWE accreditation; and demonstrated academic leadership in a university setting.
Applicants must apply for position number F8095Z using https://jobs.gmu.edu/. Applications must include: (1) cover letter describing the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a short vision and leadership statement for a Department of Social Work in an R1 academic institution; (3) a short teaching philosophy statement; (4) curriculum vitae;(5) a statement of diversity (please see below) and (6) three reference letters. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete electronic applications submitted using jobs.gmu.edu will be reviewed.
Statement of Diversity: Please respond to the following: Reflect on your work with any individuals in a teaching, mentorship, research, or advisory capacity who are from marginalized groups. How did you help them capitalize the strengths and overcome barriers to success? Think about your experience with research mentorship, teaching or tutoring, academic advising, and community mentorship (No more than 2 paragraphs).
Please direct inquiries or nominations to Kevin Ferra, firstname.lastname@example.org. George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.