Director, Division of Social Work - Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of Wyoming

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The University of Wyoming (UW), Division of Social Work, invites applications for the position of Director with a start date of August, 2019.  The position will be filled at the Associate or Professor rank.  This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment.  We are seeking a Director who is committed to continuing our tradition of excellence in educating new social workers, contributing to the science, research, and practice of social work, and serving the University of Wyoming, the social work community, and the people in the frontier state of Wyoming.

The Division of Social Work, housed within the College of Health Sciences, has a strong record of research and scholarship including collaborative research with governmental organizations and other UW departments.  The Division offers a Generalist BSW program and an Advanced Generalist MSW program enrolling approximately 80 undergraduate and 60 graduate students.  The University and the Division of Social Work maintain outreach centers across Wyoming providing excellent opportunities for community practice and research.  The MSW program uses the UW Distance Education Network to deliver portions of the curriculum statewide. 

UW is the state's only public provider of baccalaureate and graduate education and is a Carnegie research-doctoral extensive institution.  UW combines major university benefits and small school advantages.  With a student enrollment of about 13,000, the UW main campus, located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, is only two hours from Denver and other wonderful destinations for outdoor leisure activities.  Easy access to the nearby Snowy Range of the Rockies provides numerous opportunities for summer and winter activities.  Plenty of sunshine and year-round beauty complement the university city of Laramie (population 32,000) making it a terrific place to live and work. 

Position responsibilities:  The Director of Social Work has administrative and academic responsibilities for all faculty, staff, and facilities in the Division and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, administering the academic programs, representing and advocating for the Division within the University and communities of Wyoming, mentoring faculty, managing the budget, preparing internal and external reports that include strategic planning, and teaching and conducting research.

Required qualifications:  Earned doctorate in social work or closely related field or interdisciplinary fields; MSW from a CSWE accredited program; evidence of leadership accomplishments; at least four years of post-MSW practice experience; prior academic administrative experience at the university level; a strong record of teaching and scholarship to warrant tenure and appointment at the associate or professor rank; and strong interpersonal skills with evidence of effectively communicating with students, faculty, and constituencies.

Preferred qualifications:  Experience in a generalist/advanced generalist social work program; strong background and commitment to interprofessional education; experience in a rural setting; experience using distance education technology; service at the national level with CSWE or similar organization; and experience with and/or knowledge of CSWE accreditation standards and processes.

To apply:  The Division of Social Work recognizes the power of a diverse faculty and has a strong commitment to achieving this aim.  Therefore, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups.  Application review will continue until the position is filled. 

The application must include:  (1) a brief written statement addressing administrative, leadership, teaching, and scholarship/research experiences, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) three letters of recommendation that address the required and preferred qualifications, particularly citing evidence of effective communication with students, faculty, and/or constituencies; (4) undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate); and (5) names, affiliations, e-mails, and telephone numbers of five references (this list may include those who have provided written letters). 

If you have questions about the position, contact Mark Byra, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, at 307-766-5227 or [email protected].