Department Chair
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72467

Job Description

Position Summary:

The College of Nursing and Health Professions invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Social Work. The College consists of the Departments of Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Programs in Nutritional Science and Athletic Training and a School of Nursing. The Chair of Social Work at Arkansas State is a 12-month appointment and will report directly to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The department includes an established and accredited BSW and MSW program and a complement of PhD level faculty.

The Department also includes a long standing contract for Title IVE Child Welfare work which is part of a state network, a STAR House (Simulation, Training and Research House) and AState CARE (Community Action Reinforcing Empowerment) Center. The Chair will oversee all aspects of the department in addition to directing the MSW program.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Proven strong leadership and administrative skills (including assessment) within the field of social work in an academic setting
  • Record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and service eligible for academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to work effectively with faculty
  • In-depth experience with university budget management and grants
  • Seeks diversity among faculty staff and students
  • Other duties as assigned


Ability to establish a learning environment that is student- centered, promotes the highest standards of the profession and is responsive to student issue

Work independently and as an effective team member and leader

Handle multiple priorities

Develop and maintain effective and constructive relationships with aligned departments, faculty and administration throughout the college/university and in the community

Proven ability to motivate/challenge faculty and staff while instilling a firm program wide accountability

Proven knowledge and skills in program, faculty and student development based on university guidelines and the social work code of ethics

Excellent organizational skills

Experience in clinical practice

Experience with the accreditation process including the self-study, guidelines and timelines for accreditation

General Days/Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours as requested and/or needed
Regular and reliable attendance


While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested individuals should apply by closing date for best consideration. Anticipated start date is January 3, 2020

Arkansas State University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any of it practices, policies or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, employment, admissions, educational services, programs or activities which it operates or financial aid

A-State has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff and students. A-State is also committed to creating a productive workplace in which both persons and property are secure. To achieve that goal, background investigations are conducted on all final applicants recommended for employment

Applicants should submit a current CV, the names of five references and a letter describing their qualifications on page four of their application under "Other Attachments"

For more information, please contact:
Susan Hanrahan, Dean
College of Nursing and Health Professions

An earned Doctorate in a related field, must have at least an earned Masters in Social Work

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check

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Education Required:

Date Posted : 01/08/2020