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Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Proposed Faculty Rank  Associate Professor/Professor

Department       00166 - College of Social Work

Track     Tenure Track

New Position to Begin   7/1/2021

The University of Utah, College of Social Work invites applications for the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a 11-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor; for a three-year renewable term.   This faculty/administrative position includes a highly competitive salary, generous benefits, and professional development funding, as well as ample opportunities for university and community partnerships.  The College seeks an Associate Dean with previous administrative leadership, an exceptional record of teaching and grant-funded scholarship, and a commitment to human rights and social justice in the context of social work practice.

The University of Utah and the College of Social Work value candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Required Qualifications

A doctorate or PhD in social work is preferred, but the search committee will consider candidates with an MSW and a doctorate or PhD in a related discipline. A minimum of five years social work teaching and five or more years with administrative management experience in an academic setting is required. Additionally, a minimum of two years of post-MSW social work practice is required.  The College is seeking an Associate Dean, suitable for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor, who will collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement a shared vision for the College and advance its reputation locally, nationally, and internationally.


Primary Responsibilities

The Associate Dean’s primary responsibilities include carrying out temporary and longer- term assignments from the Dean, on an ad hoc basis.  These responsibilities may include input into faculty searches, input into strategies to support teaching including peer review of teaching, bringing policy changes before the College Council, working on external reports for accrediting and governing entities, and networking within the University and the broader community to improve and maintain College processes and relationships.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Associate Dean supervises non-tenure earning faculty and assigned staff members, which includes conducting annual reviews and support for professional development plans. Additionally, the Associate Dean manages faculty and student issues, approves travel, and serves as the College’s Title IX Liaison to the University.

The Associate Dean supports the College’s promotion and tenure review process, orients new faculty to work expectations in the College and on campus, and manages faculty teaching assignments. The Associate Dean works closely with the program directors (BSW, MSW, and PhD) to assign instructors to courses. This includes acting as liaison between all programs within the College where efficiencies, improvements, or partnerships may move the College forward in its strategic plan.

College, University, and Environment

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University of Utah is one of the newest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation.  The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.

The College of Social Work, established in 1937, is the only institution in the Intermountain West that offers all three degrees in social work: BSW, MSW, and PhD. The College houses a number of research entities providing faculty and students research opportunities and support for locating and managing external funding including: the Social Research Institute; the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; and the Utah Criminal Justice Center. Currently, our faculty are conducting a number of federally-funded, state-funded, and foundation-funded translational social research projects to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations in need. The College’s Goodwill Humanitarian Building features state-of-the-art clinical training suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for real-time clinical supervision and feedback, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience research and treatment.

Application Process

Candidates must apply online at, submitting:

  • A letter of application that addresses administrative/management experience within an academic setting, including specific reference to how the applicant has dealt with issues related to diversity and inclusion;
  • List of the courses the applicant is qualified to teach;
  • A full curriculum vitae;
  • A list of five professional references with contact information;
  • Copies of teaching evaluations for the last five years for in-person and online courses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Philip Osteen, at

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Last Updated: 10/29/20