Dean of the Graduate School of Social Service
Fordham University - New York, NY
Fordham's nationally ranked Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) has been advancing human rights and social justice since 1916. GSS invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean, seeking a successor to Peter B. Vaughan who has served with distinction since 2000.
Fordham offers the B.A.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. degrees in social work at four New York locations, where students enjoy a rich social work education, flexible class schedules and extraordinary opportunities for fieldwork. The accomplished faculty members of GSS are engaged in vibrant scholarship and cutting-edge research, defining the future of social work theory and practice. And passionate alumni are improving the lives of the vulnerable people they serve every day across our cities, states and around the world.
The GSS MSW program, among the largest in the US, is ranked #11 in US News and World Report and strives to move into the top 10. The online MSW program is ranked #1 on TheBestSchools.org’s list of the 10 best online MSWs. Individualized attention is the hallmark of the Fordham program; every student has a faculty adviser to guide him or her through the program. Although the overall program is large, the average class size is 25. The GSS is a close community, brought together through common commitment to the overarching values of human rights and social justice.
The ideal candidate for dean of GSS will have credentials and experiences that earn the respect of the faculty and of external audiences, including at least one advanced degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social work or another field; candidates who bring exceptional non-academic qualifications will also be considered; candidates with academic backgrounds should be eligible for tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Candidates should also have significant administrative experience, a collaborative style of working with faculty and others, eagerness to engage in fundraising to enhance support of students, faculty and programs, and a national reputation in social service.
The dean will be asked to articulate a vision for continued quality and growth; to maintain the commitments to teaching, scholarship and the mission of social justice; and to keep GSS programs strong at a time of intense competition in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. Additional information about the position expectations is available at http://www.wittkieffer.com/position/fordham-university/dean-of-the-graduate-school-of-social-service/8456 ; candidates should review this information before preparing their materials.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on December 20, and will continue until the position is filled; for fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by that date. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae , a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references; references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Fordham GSS consultants Jean Dowdall, Ph.D., and Sheila Murphy, at FordhamGSS@wittkieffer.com . Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Donna Janulis at (630) 575-6131.
Fordham University is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham is an equal opportunity employer.

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