Dean of the School of Social Work
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
United States


Dean of the School of Social Work

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Social Work. The University seeks a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing the performance of the School and to furthering the values of the social work profession, including intelligent and informed policies, diversity and social justice.

The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is known for developing and disseminating knowledge that contributes to effective social welfare policies, programs and practices. The School emphasizes theoretical and empirical analysis and research-based practice addressing vulnerable and marginalized populations and community needs. Home to a wide-ranging student body and faculty, the School houses approximately 339 undergraduate students (majors and minors), 428 graduate students, and 25 tenure-track faculty members, 32 specialized faculty, as well as a number of other academic professionals. The School offers Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Ph.D. program options, as well as two vibrant and rapidly growing online programs for bachelor’s and master’s level students.  The School is home to two research centers -- the Children and Family Research Center and the Center for Prevention Research and Development -- and supports a variety of research and service initiatives. 

The School of Social Work has a proud alumni community of almost 8000 living members that are engaged as volunteers, ambassadors, and financial supporters. During the current With Illinois fundraising campaign that launched in 2017, the School has raised over $8.5M in support of student scholarships/fellowships, faculty research, internship opportunities, community engagement initiatives, and curriculum development.  

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

As chief academic and executive officer of the School, the Dean will be responsible for the global reputation and effectiveness of the School and its programs. The Dean will provide leadership in forging key partnerships and collaborations with internal and external constituencies. The Dean will enhance the breadth and depth of the faculty, staff, and students. They will have primary responsibility for strategic planning, faculty and staff development, fundraising, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular programming, and facilities.

The ideal candidate will possess a track record of outstanding leadership, including support for research, teaching, outreach, and equal opportunity; the ability to attract and retain a diverse faculty, student body, and staff; the demonstrated aptitude to generate public and private resources for the School; and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education.  The School is currently reviewing its curriculum to infuse racial justice content across all three degree programs and expects the successful candidate to advance ongoing anti-racism work.  Expertise in social work or a related discipline is a requirement. Successful candidates will possess qualifications warranting an appointment at the rank of tenured full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The position of Dean of the School of Social Work reports to the Provost-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and is a senior administrative position with a seat on the Provost's Council of Deans. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a negotiable start date. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites letters of nomination or application (letter of interest, resume/CV, and five references).  Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials by Friday, July 1, 2022. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:

                                    Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Search Committee Chair

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth and consistent excellence of its academic programs, the intellectual strength and diversity of its student body and graduates, and the accomplishments of its internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty and alumni have earned 23 Nobel Prizes; two faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners; and its faculty and alumni are well represented in memberships of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. The campus is also a leader in access for students with disabilities. Additional information about the University may be obtained from its website,

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

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