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MSW Dept Chair Su13

California State University San Marcos
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Master of Social Work Program

Department Chair of Social Work,
12-month appointment (year-round)

(Tenure Track Faculty Position; Associate or Full Professor,
depending upon qualifications)

Effective Date:  Start date is negotiable but no later than July 15, 2013
Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks a Department Chair for a 12-month faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (depending on qualifications), who will provide vision, leadership, and administrative direction for a new MSW program in the early stages of CSWE accreditation.  CSUSM has become one of the fastest growing campuses in the CSU system.  When completed (projected for 2030) the CSUSM campus will accommodate 25,000 full-time students on a 304-acre campus.  Providing access to a high quality education and preparing the leaders of tomorrow remain at the core of what we do.  CSUSM embraces and symbolizes twenty-first century learning.  We offer hands-on and collaborative learning experiences, cutting edge technology and academic programs relevant to the rapidly changing global environment.  This position is currently classified as a 12-month appointment (year-round) but may be converted to an Academic Year appointment depending upon the needs of the college or department.

Minimal Qualifications:  A Master’s Degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program and a DSW or Ph.D. in Social Work or a doctoral degree in a closely related field.  At least five years of tenure-line teaching experience in a CSWE-accredited MSW program with a demonstrated record of success in teaching and externally –funded research commensurate with the qualifications for Associate Professor at CSUSM.  Three years of academic administrative experience, and the ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with colleagues on an ethnically and culturally diverse campus. 

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:  Two years post-master’s experience in Social Work, administrative experience with significant management responsibilities, experience hiring and mentoring faculty, demonstrated commitment to diversity, leadership experience in a professional organization and a strong commitment to faculty governance are desirable.  Prior experience with CSWE accreditation and experience as a Social Work Department Chair/Program Director/Dean, Associate Dean, or Program Coordinator are very desirable.


  • Leadership throughout CSWE accreditation and ongoing evaluation process
  • Program leadership and advocacy
  • Faculty and staff recruitment, supervision, mentoring, and evaluation
  • Budget development and administration
  • Development of relationships with other universities, community organizations, external funding organizations, and alumni
  • Program , college, and university committee service
  • Recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff
  • Teaching in area(s) of expertise

Application:  Review of applications will begin March 25, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Application packets should be emailed to  All applications must include a CSUSM faculty application, letter of intent addressing the minimum and desired qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy and area of research, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Direct inquiries to:

Kara Witzke, Search Committee Chair
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos  CA  92096-0001

Timeline:  A review of applications will begin on March 25, 2013; however, the position will be open until filled.

Successful hires must have degree information verified through official transcripts or degree-verification services.  An offer of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Should the results of a background check not be successful, any offer will be withdrawn and/or employment terminated. Falsification of information may also be cause for termination of employment, corrective action, or withdraw of offer of employment. The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect form. Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to equity and diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates in terms of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability and veteran’s status.

The university is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.

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