The University of Tennessee invites applications and nominations for the position of the Dean of the College of Social Work. 

The University of Tennessee is comprised of eleven colleges and schools and is the state's land grant and flagship research institution. The University enrolls approximately 29,000 students (23,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate and professional students).  The College of Social Work has been ranked in the top 25 among all public universities by the U.S. News and World Report.  The academic offerings include; Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Social Work (PhD).  The College is grounded in social justice, and equips professional social workers with the skills needed to serve diverse and vulnerable populations.  The College builds knowledge by conducting groundbreaking research that focuses on solving social problems and engages with communities through meaningful service.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Dean will be responsible for advancing the teaching, research and service missions and providing transformational leadership to the College. It is required that the Dean possess a terminal degree in social work or a closely related field and the education, teaching and scholarship credentials that meet the standards for tenure and appointment at the rank of full professor in the College of Social Work.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated record of achieving, fostering and supporting innovation and excellence in research, teaching (undergraduate and graduate) and service;
  • Demonstrated receipt and management of diverse research and funding streams;
  • Demonstrated strong commitment and leadership for diversity, inclusion, social justice and equal opportunity within the College and community;
  • Experience developing, supporting and promoting online academic programs;
  • An effective collaborator and consensus builder who can communicate with multiple constituencies across campus and enable partnerships within the local community, region and the state;
  • Experience identifying, recruiting and retaining faculty and College leadership;
  • Experience overseeing research centers, complex budgets and developing strategic fiscal plans ;
  • Previous experience in social work practice and a commitment to preparing future social workers for professional practice in the 21st century;
  • A track record of successful fundraising with a talent for identifying and cultivating opportunities;
  • A dedicated commitment to openness, collaboration and shared decision-making and the capacity to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, and students across multiple campuses.

Nominations and applications (letters of interest, resume/CV and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 15, 2019.  All nominations and applications should be submitted to:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President ||
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 109   Fax:  770-804-1917

The University of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. UT Knoxville is an EEO/AAfTitle VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

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