School of Social Work Chair and Tenure-Eligible Associate Professor or Professor University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

University of Missouri-Kansas City
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The School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) seeks nominations and applicants for Chair who possess an excellent record of educational leadership and professional and scholarly achievement. The chair will capitalize on human and financial resources to mentor faculty scholarship and communicate across internal and external constituencies to promote social justice and cultural diversity. This is a nine-month, tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Research area is open. Summer administration is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities to advance program development including strengthening our relationship with UMKC’s Inter-professional Educational Program and Institute for Human Development as well as interfacing with a new e-learning initiative across the University of Missouri System’s four-campuses in order to address the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

University of Missouri-Kansas City's College of Arts & Sciences, School of Social Work
Established in 1999, the School of Social Work offers an advanced generalist MSW program within an urban community context, partnering with 250 sites that provide a wide range of field learning experiences for our students. Within UMKC it collaborates with professional schools of Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Urban Planning. Since 2008, the School has collaborated with child welfare organizations in the development of workforce preparation and child welfare transformation traineeships. The School has six diverse full-time faculty and annually graduates 60+ MSW students.

UMKC,, the urban-focused campus of the University of Missouri System, is categorized as a High Research Activity Doctoral University by the Carnegie Foundation. UMKC’s Campus is located in south-central Kansas City (metro-area population 1.8 million), which has recently been ranked one of “America’s best Downtowns” (Forbes), one of America’s “Most Affordable Cities” (Forbes), and one of the “Top 10 Cities for College Grads” (Livability). In addition, Newsweek lists six area high schools as among the “Nation’s best”. Located in the cultural hub of Kansas City, the UMKC campus is a vital part of the city’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


Minimum Qualifications
Earned Doctorate in Social Work or a closely-related discipline.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service commensurate with an appointment of a tenured associate or full professor, including a successful record of grant funding.
Evidence of administrative excellence in higher education.
Demonstrated excellence in promoting student engagement.
Demonstrated commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications
Earned MSW degree
Experience in social work education
Experience cultivating community ties
Experience with online education

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Commensurate with experience.

Univeristy of Missouri -Kansas City
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City , MO 64110
United States

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials online (as one document) at

  1. Cover letter summarizing how their experience addresses position qualifications

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. Statement of research agenda

  4. Statement of administrative philosophy

  5. Full contact information for four references

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Deborah B. Smith, Chair of the Search Committee, Professor of Sociology & Interim Chair of the School of Social Work at [email protected].

Application Deadline
Application review will begin November 18, 2019 and will remain open until filled.