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. 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.

This position will be filled by a tenured professor with a 12-month appointment. The option exists for an endowed professorship (Elizabeth Enochs Endowed Chair) if the successful candidate has expertise in the welfare of Latin American children.


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 mentor-ship 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, while nurturing a culture of consensus and collaboration with a focus on transparent decision making.

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; significant post-MSW practice experience; 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.

The Department of Social Work offers an accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W. with specializations in Social Change and in Clinical Practice, a unique dual M.S.W./M.S. in Conflict Resolution, and a graduate certificate in Gerontology, enrolling 195 undergraduate and 215 graduate students. The department includes 17 full-time faculty with diverse academic and professional backgrounds and various research interests.

Please send inquiries or nominations to Dr. Robert M. Weiler, Search Committee Chair at rweiler@gmu.edu. An offer of employment is contingent upon background verification.

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 jobs.gmu.edu/!

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply for position number F8095Z using https://jobs.gmu.edu/. 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 (other); (3) teaching philosophy statement; (4) research accomplishments; (5) statement of contributions to diversity in the field or in their last position (other); (6) curriculum vitae; and (7) contact information for three references. For each reference, include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. . Only complete electronic applications submitted using jobs.gmu.edu 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.