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Professor and Chair of Social Work Department

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States


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Job Overview

Ferra Executive Search is pleased to partner with George Mason University to recruit their Chair and Professor for the Department of Social Work.

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.


Key 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.


Minimum Requirements

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.


Ideal Candidate

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.