The University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work invites applications for an opening for an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work is a national leader in graduate social work education with a tradition of educating and serving diverse populations. We are ranked in the top 20% of schools of social work nationally. More than one-third of our nearly 400 students belong to underrepresented groups in higher education. The School’s research doctorate is the only public social work Ph.D. program in the region. Areas of distinction in teaching, scholarship, and community engagement include mental health, trauma and violence prevention and reduction; international social work and human rights; social and health disparities; diversity and cultural competence; policy analysis, advocacy, and community organizing. Interdisciplinary collaborations are maintained with units across the university and the School has an extensive collaboration network with public and private human service agencies.
The UConn School of Social Work is located in the midst of the new vibrant downtown Hartford campus. This neighborhood campus includes other UConn graduate and undergraduate academic programs and research centers, cultural institutions as well as state and city government offices. This situates the School of Social Work to carry out its central academic mission and provides enhanced opportunities for building upon existing community collaborations and expanding to new ones within a multicultural capital city.
The successful candidate will provide, along with the Dean and other members of the administrative team, skillful and engaged leadership for all academic programs and initiatives. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) will ensure academic excellence through oversight and implementation of the bachelors and masters curriculum, teaching, assessment and evaluation; accreditation activities; and all academic policies, including those related to student performance and review. The ADAA will supervise the directors of the Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) and Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs and the directors of Field Education and the Office of Student and Academic Services. As part of the dean’s cabinet, the ADAA will identify and explore areas for SSW growth and development, including flexible learning options (online and hybrid course and degree options); develop innovative collaborations with state and community agencies; and identify and pursue federal training grants.
The ADAA will also be able to demonstrate through their leadership, teaching and research, the richness of diversity in our learning community.
An MSW degree in social work and a Ph.D. in social work or related field. A track record of leadership experience and/or potential. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team. Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. A scholarly record that is appropriate to academic rank. Demonstrated experience in social work education and success as a teacher. Research and/or practice knowledge about issues related to urban, diverse, vulnerable and/or economically insecure populations. Commitment to and/or experience in promoting and fostering a learning environment supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Open rank, though candidates at the assistant level must have a minimum of four years as an assistant professor by August 2020.
Demonstrated ability to integrate micro and macro perspectives and practice. Experience in or commitment to working collaboratively in a university and academic setting on multidisciplinary or inter-professional initiatives. Prior social work education leadership or demonstration of necessary skills. Experience with, or capacity for, developing online and hybrid teaching models. Experience in and capacity for developing innovative initiatives.
This is a 12-month managerial confidential position with an expected start date of August 23, 2020. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please upload the following materials
Letter of application;
A commitment to diversity statement that describes previous and/or potential contributions to promoting diversity through teaching and/or service;
Names and contact information of three references (no actual letters). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
3 representative publications
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Potential candidates can address questions to:
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
See Job Description
Internal Number: 2020194-2276_1574613135
About University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.