The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks an inclusive scholar and innovative and visionary leader to chair the Department of Social Work. The Department has a diverse and nationally recognized faculty for their expertise in the areas of health, behavioral health, child welfare, criminal justice, program evaluation, and educational innovation. The faculty engage in collaborative research with colleagues across the UAB Campus, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The Department also has strong connections to community-based agencies throughout Alabama, which provide exceptional field placements for students and collaborative research opportunities. All faculty and staff in the Department are strongly committed to an educational and research mission focused on promoting social and economic justice as well as improving the health and well-being of underserved individuals and communities. The Department's BSW Program has been accredited for over 40 years, serving approximately 200 majors a year. The newly accredited MSW Program provides Alabama's only specialized curriculum in health and behavioral health, with a current enrollment of approximately 80 students. Both programs collaborate with other health professional programs across the campus through robust simulation and interprofessional learning activities. A recently awarded U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Training Grant supports preparing more social workers and nurse practitioners to provide high-quality interprofessional care for opioid use disorder. More information about the Department may be found at: www.uab.edu/cas/socialwork.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar in the field of social work (e.g. track record of publications and/or grant funding) with demonstrated academic leadership skills (e.g. Director of BSW, MSW, or PhD Program or department chair) and vision to lead a Department that emphasizes research excellence and quality undergraduate and graduate instruction. A doctoral degree in social work, or a closely related field with an MSW degree, is required at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with training from a CSWE accredited program, two years of practice experience, and knowledge and understanding of the CSWE accreditation process. Appointment at the full professor level is expected.
UAB is a Carnegie Level 1 research university and academic health center ranked #1 in the United States for the past two years in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Young University Rankings. With over 22,000 students and 2,400 full-time faculty members, UAB ranks in the top 20 public universities for federal research funding and is the major teaching-research university in Alabama. Interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching is prominent. UAB ranks in the top ten nationally for student diversity, and Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, offering a vibrant cultural community with a wide array of recreational opportunities.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at UAB includes 19 academic departments representing arts and humanities as well as social and physical sciences. CAS is home to over 300 full-time faculty and more than 40 baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees, making it the largest academic entity in the UAB academic enterprise. Additionally, CAS supports numerous research centers, community outreach programs, and interdisciplinary programs. More information about the College may be found at: https://www.uab.edu/cas/home/.
Applications should include a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications, including teaching, research, service and administrative experience, for the position, a CV, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without permission of applicants, and formal letters of reference will be requested for finalist applicants only. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sylvie Mrug, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online at http://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/7687. Review of applications will begin on 11/1/2020 and continue until the position is filled.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Department: Social Work
Assignment Category: Full-Time
Tenure Status: Tenured
PhD in related field
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Internal Number: 7687
About University of Alabama Birmingham
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.