Wayne State University — Dean, School of Social Work

Wayne State University, a premier, public, urban, research university in the heart of Detroit, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for dean of the School of Social Work.

One of the nation’s 50 largest public universities, and with Michigan’s most diverse student body, Wayne State serves a critical role within the education landscape of its community and state. Founded in 1868, Wayne State today pursues scholarship at the highest levels and serves a student body of nearly 28,000 through 380 academic programs and a high-caliber and staff across 13 schools and colleges. As Michigan’s only urban research university, Wayne State values its responsibility to its city and state. The University is one of only six public urban universities in the United States to have received the highest Carnegie Foundation ratings for both research intensiveness and community engagement.

Since its founding, Wayne State has been inextricably linked to Detroit, a city that is a symbol of the American Dream and a kaleidoscope of cultures, ambition, inspiration, and challenges. In recent years, the spirit and resilience that once made Detroit great have re-emerged in full. Wayne State has remained a steadfast partner, playing a leading role in the city’s recent resurgence while maintaining the University’s historical commitment to diversity, opportunity, and excellence. The University is currently the seventh largest employer in Detroit. Additionally, 75 percent of WSU’s 260,000 alumni live in Michigan, providing leadership for the state’s economic renewal.

The School of Social Work, established in 1935, promotes social justice and fosters overall well-being through engaged teaching and cutting-edge research. The School offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels. With approximately 342 undergraduate students and approximately 685 graduate students, both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The total enrollment includes 794 full-time and 233 part-time students. The School of Social Work is well-served by 29 full-time faculty members of which 62 percent are tenured or tenure-track, as well as 36 staff members. The School has an annual budget of approximately $4.9 million.

The University is seeking an exceptional leader with the ability to build on the School’s existing strengths to create a bold and ambitious vision for the future of social work education. The ideal candidate will have the proven ability to: lead and create strategic student and program growth; support and extend the research and scholarship of others; connect the students, faculty, and School with the external community; and fundraise and build resources. The new dean will be forward thinking, creative, entrepreneurial, able to lead and manage change, and have exceptional communication and relationship-building skills. Applicants for this position should hold an earned advanced degree in social work or a related field. The new dean will have an intimate knowledge of the academic values of a comprehensive research university.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University’s consultants Robin Mamlet and Robert Luke at WSUDeanSSW@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone via Grace Accolti at 630-575-3751.

Wayne State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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