Dean of the School of Social Welfare

University of Kansas in Kansas

Date Posted September 1, 2014
Type Administrative
Employment Type Full-time



The 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 three fold 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 an on-site 2+2 B.S.W. degree-completion program on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus.

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 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 approximately $300 million annually and is located in Lawrence, a thriving community located 30 minutes from the metropolitan Kansas City area.

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 October 1 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

100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200

Dallas, Texas 75205


Fax: 214/295-3312

~The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.~


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