Dean, Graduate College of Social Work

University of Houston in Texas

Date Posted June 10, 2014


The University of Houston (UH) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean, Graduate College of Social Work.

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading urban public research university in Texas. UH is a "Tier-One" research university that enrolls over 40,000 students. UH is the flagship of The University of Houston System, which serves more than 65,000 students enrolled in four universities, two branch campuses and four regional teaching centers. UH is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex and has forged more than 300 partnerships with corporations and government agencies in the nation's energy capital. The University has more than 200,000 living alumni, with approximately 63 percent living in the Houston area and 75 percent living in the state of Texas, and its total research expenditures rose to over $110 million last year. For more information about UH, please visit

As the only graduate college of social work in the fourth-largest city in the United States, the GCSW offers a range of academic courses, diverse field practice education sites, numerous community projects, and a number of cutting edge research centers. Since its founding in 1967, the graduate program has evolved over time to its current standing as a nationally recognized Graduate College of Social Work. The College is housed in its own four-story building on campus and includes twenty-two full-time faculty and sixteen adjunct faculty. Almost 350 students are enrolled in the MSW program with an additional 40 students in the Ph.D. program. GCSW alumni continue to make significant differences in their clients' lives, help formulate just social policies, while advocating and promoting justice for all people, no matter their stage in life. The GCSW currently enjoys a surplus and an endowment of $5,570,597 Recently, the GCSW secured a $2 million gift to establish the Maconda Brown O'Connor Endowed Dean's Chair-an important gift that will provide additional funding to further support the GCSW's research activities in its pursuit of the next level of performance and prominence. For more information about the GCSW, please visit

The next Dean of the GCSW will be a visionary leader and strategic thinker who will bring innovative thought, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a reputation for working collaboratively with both internal and external constituencies to the position. The Dean will build upon the GCSW's long-standing commitment to achieving social, economic and political justice by developing and executing a compelling new vision for the College. The successful candidate will have the extraordinary opportunity to join one of the most ambitious institutions in higher education and lead a College that enjoys a national and international reputation. The new Dean will enter an environment ready for change and will play an important role in not only the GCSW, but UH and the city of Houston. The Dean will promote and strengthen the GCSW's identity by fostering a shared sense of mission and culture among all College constituents and partner with a motivated faculty that is exceedingly collegial-both interpersonally and intellectually. He or she will continue to enhance a culture committed to distinguishing itself locally, nationally, and globally-further strengthening the UH's Tier One status.

The Search Committee will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel
Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-260-7889 (FAX)

Refer to code "UH-GCSW" in subject line

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.