Director of the School of Social Work

The College of Health and Human Services is a growing and dynamic college and offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs to prepare graduates to pursue advanced degrees, and for a variety of practice, research and administrative roles in the health and human services fields. The School of Social Work is located in a state-of-the art building with the College of Health and Human Services. Our high quality, innovative educational programs include opportunities to study abroad and for distance education. Academic units include the Department of Kinesiology, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Social Work, School of Nursing, and the interdisciplinary School of Data Science. Additional information about the School of Social Work can be found at:

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, the University leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte was reaffirmed for a Community Engagement elective classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015, and ranked in the top 10 “Up-and-Coming Schools” among National Universities in U.S. News and World Report in 2011. Charlotte is a thriving and vibrant metropolitan center, with a 10-county metropolitan statistical area population approximating 2.3 million. It is a major banking center, and also boasts the nation’s 3rd largest public nonprofit healthcare system. The region offers a diverse population, an array of artistic offerings, thriving professional sports franchises, and an excellent year-round climate.

The UNC Charlotte School of Social Work fosters optimal health and well-being, equal human rights, and a just society, by preparing future social work professionals for leadership in areas of culturally-informed, community-engaged practice, policy, and research, with a particular emphasis on persistent and emerging social problems in rapidly diversifying urban areas locally, nationally and globally. We seek a Director who will help us build on our success through visionary and resourceful leadership.

Responsible for the daily operation of the department and the department programs. The Department Chair/ Director will promote excellence in department programs within the University. Chair/ Director responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to have distinctive experience in leadership, externally funded research, engaging community stakeholders, teaching excellence and commitment to championing diversity, racial equity, and social justice. The successful candidate will be able to articulate a clear and thoughtful vision for social work’s role within the evolving national arena.

Applicants must have previous administrative experience in higher education. Given the high level of collaboration among units in the College of Health and Human Services, the ideal candidate will exhibit excellent communication skills and interdisciplinary competence.

• UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
• Candidates must possess a doctorate in social work or a related field.
• Candidate must be eligible for appointment at tenured associate or full professor.
• An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program is strongly preferred. If a candidate possesses a doctorate in a related field, an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program is required.

Applications must be submitted electronically at and must include a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s unique qualifications to lead the School, a current CV, and a list of four references with contact information.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Shanti Kulkarni, Chair of the Search Committee, at for additional information or questions.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina Charlotte encourages and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups. The chosen candidate is subject to a criminal background check and will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.