Department of Social Work: MSW Program Director - Term Faculty

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 21, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Full Time
College of Health and Human Services Department of Social Work MSW Program Director

The Department of Social Work invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, term faculty position as MSW Program Director at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor. The mission of Mason's Department of Social Work is to prepare future social workers to be effective leaders, scholars, and practitioners who have the necessary tools to promote human well-being by ensuring economic and social justice, as well as human rights for all. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. The MSW Program Director is part of the departmental leadership team and works collaboratively with the Department Chair, Director of Field Education, BSW Program Director, and MSW Online Coordinator.

Responsibilities: The MSW Program Director administers the graduate social work program and reports to the Department Chair. This is a 50% workload release position. The MSW Program Director teaches 12 semester hours during the academic year and 3 semester hours during the summer.

Major responsibilities include: * Administer traditional MSW program and oversee on-line MSW option * Plan, schedule, and staff MSW courses * Work with leadership team to initiate, plan, and execute adjunct faculty training, support, and evaluation * Work with the leadership team to maintain accreditation standards and assessment * Oversee recruitment efforts and manage admissions review process * Recruit, maintain, and monitor MSW enrollment; meet with prospective MSW students * Plan and conduct MSW information sessions and student orientations * Manage advising assignments and train advisors * Make program policies available to MSW students through a current MSWStudent Handbook * Maintain curricular documents related to MSW program (catalog, manual, handbook, website, brochures) * Initiate, plan, and implement programming for students to enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for feedback * Manage academic actions (e.g., review disposition forms, conduct student reviews, process grade appeals and special petitions; monitor and consider student modality changes) * Maintain effective administrative relationships with central institutional, administrative, advisement, admissions, and registrar officers * Maintain current membership in and participate in CSWE * Represent MSW program to the University * Participate in faculty meetings, university governance, professional and public service * Serve on departmental and college committees

Required Qualifications: MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution; two years post-MSW practice experience; a minimum of five years full-time teaching experience in Social Work education; leadership and management experience; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; knowledge of computer applications including: word processing, spreadsheet, and database capabilities; ability to work efficiently and effectively with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in social work or related field; experience with nontraditional adult learning and online teaching; academic administrative experience; experience as a program director at a CSWE-accredited institution; and knowledge of the accreditation process.

About the Department of Social Work: The Department of Social Work is one of six academic units in the College of Health and Human Services, soon to transition to a College of Public Health. The Department of Social Work offers BSW and MSW degree programs with an educational and research mission focusing on practice and policy interventions that improve health and well-being and promote economic and social justice, particularly for underserved individuals, families, and communities. The MSW program offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in gerontology, a dual degree program, MSW/MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and plans to offer a dual degree MSW/MPHprogram in the near future. The College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students who are supported by 120 faculty and staff. Currently, the College offers 5 undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate degrees, and 11 certificates and is located in the new Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall that comprises 165,000 square feet of offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and wet and dry labs. In addition, the College has a soon-to-be finished population health clinic complete with an fMRI and DEXAscanners and exercise physiology and gait laboratories that will support its clinical care, research and training mission. Further information about the Department may be found at:

Applicants must apply for position number F8094Z at using the online submission system: Applications must include: (1) a cover letter summarizing teaching interests and leadership and management experience; (2), a teaching and leadership philosophy that includes the candidate's vision of diversity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages); (3) a complete curriculum vitae; and (4) contact information for three professional references (include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number). Review of applications will begin on June 5, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications submitted using will be reviewed. Please send email inquiries to Dr. Carol Cleaveland, Search Committee Chair, Department of Social Work at

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