The Ohio State University — Dean, College of Social Work

The Ohio State University is seeking an accomplished, passionate, innovative, strategic, and values-driven leader to serve as the next dean of the College of Social Work (CSW). Ohio State seeks a dean who will foster the college’s commitment to building stronger communities, celebrating difference, and promoting social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The next dean will set a bold and ambitious vision for the college.

Reporting to the executive vice president and provost, Melissa L. Gilliam, MD, MPH, the next dean will arrive at a time of tremendous opportunity and optimism. The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the CSW, empowering faculty, ensuring student success, leading staff, and representing the college within the university and in the broader community. The dean promotes a culture of innovation and excellence within the college and fosters collaboration across the university and with key external partners.

The dean will collaboratively set a vision and strategic direction for the CSW, including primary responsibility for a $21 million annual operating budget.

In partnership with other deans at the university, the dean of the CSW has the opportunity to foster areas of excellence in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment at Ohio State and play a leadership role in social work nationally. The dean is the chief steward of relationships with the college’s alumni base of more than 14,300 individuals, with community partners and organizations, and with research partners.

The ideal candidate will personify the mission and vision of The Ohio State University as a whole, and the College of Social Work in particular, supporting programs in Columbus as well as engaging with and supporting programs at the regional campuses. The CSW is seeking a dynamic leader who brings passion and an understanding of the inclusive values that drive the college’s and university’s success and impact. The dean will champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the college including fostering conversations about race, inequity, oppression, and inclusion.

Among others, candidates for the Dean of the College of Social Work should demonstrate the following qualifications and traits: academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in the College; a passion for and commitment to the field of Social Work; significant administrative experience in a complex environment; and, a demonstrated track record for serving in a leadership capacity.

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Procedure for Candidacy
The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing interest in and qualifications for the position, and a list of five references which may include administrators, faculty, students, and community leaders. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to:

Steve Leo, Managing Director
Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

The material presented in this position specification should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled or quoted in part from Ohio State documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. Naturally, while every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

Please note that all applications, nominations, emails, and other inquiries are subject to Ohio Public Records Law (Ohio Revised Code, chapter 149.43).