Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work
Academic Department Head (Social Work)

Location: Main Campus Ypsilanti, MI
Division: Academic Human Resources
Job Number: 01462

General Summary
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Social Work. The School offers a generalist practice BSW Program and an MSW Program with concentrations in Family and Children's Services, Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency, and Services to the Aging. The School serves over 950 students with 28 faculty, four full-time lecturers, seven full-time support staff, and a well-developed pool of part-time instructors in a unionized environment. We seek candidates committed to supporting quality BSW and MSW education and the mission of our School.
The School of Social Work's mission encompasses a commitment to the empowerment of poor, oppressed, vulnerable and underserved populations; the creation of social welfare policy based on a strengths perspective; the advancement of community problem-solving; and leadership in organizations and communities. The School serves a diverse and dynamic student body that includes nontraditional and second-career students, many of whom have substantial work experience in human services. Eastern Michigan University is a state supported school located in Ypsilanti, approximately 35 miles west of Detroit, and primarily serves Metropolitan Detroit, Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare and monitor departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance and equipment and other grants and contracts.
Ensure alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals.
Provide departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives and programs and revision of existing ones.
Evaluate faculty performance for tenure, promotion and supplemental salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.
Plan, develop and schedule departmental course offerings.
Support students and faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses, availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.
Recruit and interview prospective faculty.
Advise and assist College Deans in program and policy development. Administer and manage department resources.
Participate in local, national and professional associations to continue personal academic development and promote the University.
Establish and maintain public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic and community agencies.
Cultivate alumni and other donor connections to and financial support for departmental projects and programs.
Approve departmental listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs.
Consult with department faculty at periodic staff meetings.
Administer collective bargaining master agreements.
Teach a department course or equivalent during one or more semesters. Perform related Departmental duties as required.
Qualifications for the position of School Director include: an MSW and an earned DSW or PhD in social work or a closely related field; administrative and teaching experience in higher education; documented strengths in scholarly activity and report writing; service and instructional effectiveness;  experience with sponsored projects, and an interest in and aptitude for fundraising.
Important characteristics for an ideal candidate include a commitment to social justice; progressive vision and momentum; and leadership experience that reflects confidence, collaboration, resourcefulness, and generosity when fostering the growth of staff and faculty. Administratively, the ideal candidate will have evidence of strong human and public relations skills; working with faculty in a participatory and open style; supporting a diverse faculty; involving faculty and students in shared governance; attending to process; serving as a role model for student support and mentorship; and playing a leadership role in establishing and maintaining partnerships within the practice community. A record of strong connections to the professional social work community is required. The candidate must qualify for appointment with tenure.

Supplemental Information
Application materials must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae (including the name, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references), evidence of classroom effectiveness, and a statement describing administrative leadership style.

This position begins July 1, 2018. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.


For additional information, contact:
Janet Okagbue-Reaves, PhD, MSW
Chair, Search Committee
Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work
Email jokagbue@emich.edu

Posted 9.28.17

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