University of Pittsburgh — Director, Center on Race and Social Problems, Professor

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) is seeking applications for a full-time Director. CRSP’s mission is to conduct applied social-science research on race, color, and ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans. The successful candidate will be appointed as the Donald M. Henderson Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work. CRSP, founded by Dean Emeritus Larry E. Davis in 2002, is the longest-standing center within a school of social work to focus explicitly on race. As we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the center, we seek a creative, productive, and visionary scholar and researcher to lead the center into the future. The selected candidate will be hired as a full professor with tenure with an academic year appointment.

Position Description
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar and leader who has experience with academic centers and has conducted rigorous original research, built successful inter-disciplinary research collaborations, and demonstrated a high level of productivity as evidenced by scholarly publication and external grant procurement in areas consistent with the 8 focal areas of the Center—race and economics, education, health, law, mental health, older adults, race relations and youth and families.

The selected candidate will be responsible for directing and advancing the multi-faceted aspects of the Center and lead efforts to advance the Center’s strategic vision and supporting goals:

  1. Provide intellectual leadership on research related to race.
  2. Position CRSP as a national-thought leader and hub through research, public dialogue and education on race related topics.
  3. Establish and facilitate inter-disciplinary research networks and collaborations for race related scholarship.
  4. Provide mentorship and intellectual resources to integrate the study of race into new and sustainable programs of research.
  5. Serve as a keystone in the School of Social Work’s ongoing commitment to nurture support under-represented faculty and students.

As a senior leader within the School of Social Work and on campus, the incumbent will also have the opportunity to leverage the resources of the Office of the Provost and the reputation of the Center recruit, develop, promote, and retain African American and other faculty who conduct race-related research, across the university. This role is imperative for building a pipeline of scholars through inter-disciplinary mentorship and collaboration, with CRSP serving as a leader on campus and in the community for advancing inclusion and networking for underrepresented faculty and students.

About the School of Social Work and Center on Race and Social Problems
The School of Social Work at Pitt has a 100-year history of national leadership in social work education and research and is consistently ranked among the top schools of social work in the nation. The School is known for its strong educational programs (BASW, MSW [micro and macro], and PhD); innovative, interdisciplinary, and productive programs of research; and national leadership on race and social problems, child welfare, and mental health. The school strongly values interdisciplinary and community-engaged approaches. The School of Social Work is currently one of Pitt’s most diverse, and serves as a pillar for the advancement of diversity and inclusion on campus and within the community.

The Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) was established in 2002 to conduct and disseminate applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity, and their influence on quality of life in American society. With strong support from the Offices of the Provost and Chancellor, CRSP is a key component of the University of Pittsburgh’s overall strategy to address racial equity and justice both on campus and in the broader society. Specifically, CRSP serves as the University’s interdisciplinary research hub for Black faculty and other scholars across departments who are committed to racial equity research. In the process, CRSP provides programming aimed at building knowledge and understanding for faculty, students, and the community; both regionally and nationally.

Qualification and Experience

  • A doctorate or other terminal degree in Social Work, Sociology, Education, Law, Public Health or related field
  • Demonstrated research expertise and track record
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a leadership capacity, with preference to candidates who have experience developing, directing, or working in academic research centers.
  • Applicants will be presented for the rank of full professor, and thus should have the demonstrated teaching and research qualifications required for the rank of full professor.

To Apply
Applications must be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh, Talent Center found at the following link: https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=21001447&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Complete applications will include.

  • Letter of application highlighting interest and relevant experience
  • Curriculum Vitae

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please reach out to Megan M. Soltesz at mms34@pitt.edu with any questions.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

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