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Dean of the School of Social Welfare


Twente Hall is the home of the KU School of Social WelfareThe University of Kansas (KU) is seeking candidates for the position of Dean of its nationally prominent School of Social Welfare.

The Dean of the School of Social Welfare reports to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor and works closely with other deans and the senior leadership team at KU. The dean leads in fulfilling the threefold mission of the School of Social Welfare "to educate students at the B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. levels, to conduct scholarly inquiry that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession, and to provide leadership in formulating social policy and developing service delivery strategies and systems."

For over 60 years, the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has provided leadership and innovation in professional social work education. The school is housed on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, but also offers the complete M.S.W. program at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City; the Western Kansas M.S.W. program on the Fort Hays State University campus and Garden City Community College campus; and a B.S.W. degree-completion program on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The Council on Social Work Education reaccredited the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs in 2010 and our Master of Social Work program is ranked 12th among public universities according to US News & World Report.

The successful candidate will bring a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research of the highest caliber. Candidates will have a strategic vision to assure the ongoing preeminence of the school and will have exemplary communication and interpersonal skills. The next dean will effectively represent the school to its various constituencies, will build on the school's excellent existing relationships with its alumni and community partners, and be successful in securing funding to support the school's mission. Please go to http://www.socwel.ku.edu/ to see a more complete "Leadership Statement" and overview of the school.

Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls 28,000 students and has research expenditures of more than $230 million annually and is located in Lawrence, a thriving community 30 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Download the position description.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until a new dean is selected. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by March 1, 2017, to receive optimal consideration. Applications should include a current resume and a letter of interest addressing the position qualifications.

KU Dean SW Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
Email: krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com
Phone: 214-522-1222 Fax: 214-523-9067


TopSearch Committee

The committee will conduct a national search in conjunction with R. William Funk and Associates. The committee will be chaired by Stephen Mazza, dean of the Law School.

Other members include:

  • Becci Akin, Assistant Professor
  • Mahasweta Banerjee, Professor and Director of BSW Program, Co-director TJ Office of Race and Social Justice
  • Ed Canda, Professor and Coordinator of KU Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Initiative
  • Venida Chenault, President, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Laverne Epp, Executive Chairman, Bioscience & Technology Business Center
  • Diane Goddard, Vice Provost for Administration and Finance
  • Jennie Marsh, Director of Field Education
  • Amy Mendenhall, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research
  • Gallal Obeid, Graduate Student
  • Jason Matejkowski, Assistant Professor
  • Emma Ramirez, Undergraduate Student
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