Department of Social Work – Chair and Professor

Millwood, Georgia, United States

Job description


The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University (Mason) seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Social Work. This position will be filled by a tenured full professor with a 12-month appointment.

George Mason, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia with more than 36,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation’s capital. Mason 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.

About the College:

The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University comprises the following academic units: Global and Community Health; Health Administration, Policy and Informatics; Nursing; Nutrition and Food Studies; Rehabilitation Sciences; and Social Work fielding a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs (BS through PhD). The College has seven academic programs that are externally accredited. The College is home to more than 1,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students and approximately 140 faculty and staff. Further information about the College may be found at:


The chair will provide visionary leadership for the department’s academic, research, practice, and service mission, while managing fiscal resources. The chair is also responsible for faculty recruitment, promoting mentorship of early and mid-career faculty, facilitating professional development of all faculty and staff, strengthening the undergraduate and graduate academic enterprise, and promoting the department to various constituent groups in keeping with the College and University’s strategic initiatives. The chair is expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills serving as a strong advocate for the department.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have an M.S.W. degree from a C.S.W.E. accredited program and a doctorate in Social Work or closely related discipline; thorough knowledge and understanding of CSWE accreditation; demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and mentoring student research; demonstrated academic leadership in a university setting; and a record of refereed publications in high impact journals and extramurally-funded research to merit tenure as a full professor.

Please direct inquiries or nominations to Dr. Robert M. Weiler, Search Committee Chair at, or 703-993-1920.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Location: Fairfax, VA

Mason Ad Statement:

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

How to apply

Applicants must apply for position number F8095Z using Applications must include: (1) cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) vision and leadership statement for a Department of Social Work in an R1 academic institution; (3) teaching philosophy statement; (4) curriculum vitae; and (5) contact information for three references (For each reference, include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete electronic applications submitted using will be reviewed.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

George Mason University (often referred to as GMU or Mason) is a public university based in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax.