Dean of the School of Social Work

Dean of the School of Social Work

Indiana University seeks an accomplished, passionate, visionary, strategic, and values-driven leader to serve as the next Dean of the School of Social Work. Based at the Indiana University Indianapolis campus, the next dean will support one of the most structurally complex schools of social work in the country with programs across six Indiana campuses, as well as online. An entrepreneurial and innovative leader, the new Dean will foster the school’s commitment to building stronger communities, celebrating difference, and promoting social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The next dean will set a bold and ambitious vision for the school and for social work in Indiana.

Reporting to the IU Executive Vice President and Chancellor of Indiana University Indianapolis, the next dean will arrive at a time of tremendous opportunity and optimism. Serving as the chief academic officer of the school, the dean will connect talent, creativity, diversity, expertise, and passion across the state. A dynamic leader who embraces the complexity of IU’s School of Social Work, the dean will empower all faculty, support student success, lead staff, and represent the school within the university, its communities, the state, and in the broader world. 

About the University

Since its founding in 1820, Indiana University (IU) has built a globally recognized reputation for academic rigor, world-renowned research, and creative excellence while serving Indiana, the nation, and the world. Comprising the university are IU Bloomington, IUPUI (which will become IU Indianapolis in 2024), five regional campuses (IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast), two regional centers (IU Fort Wayne and IUPUC, which will become IU Columbus in 2024), nine School of Medicine campuses, and several Global Gateways connecting the university to the world. Only the School of Social Work and the School of Medicine are “system schools” with programs located throughout the state of Indiana.

IU’s global reputation has been built in large part by the more than 21,000 world-class faculty and staff who teach innovative courses, conduct ground-breaking research, engage meaningfully with the broader community, and support the overall operation of the institution. Faculty and other researchers collaboratively pursue all lines of academic inquiry—from the study of religion, ethics, and society to cutting-edge information technology questions to the latest innovations in improving STEM learning among students—across more than 200 research centers, institutes, and museums. IU received $777.74 million in sponsored funding in FY 2023, of which $551.1 million was for research.

The university enrolls more than 71,000 degree-seeking undergraduate students and 19,000 graduate and professional students in over 930 academic programs. Students participate in more than 1,500 student clubs and organizations; compete in 40 Division I athletic teams across IU Bloomington and IU Indianapolis, as well as more than 60 NAIA athletic teams across the five regional campuses; and benefit from study abroad programs in more than 70 countries. Reflecting the university’s commitment to access, 76% of degree-seeking undergraduates receive financial aid, and 47% of Bachelor’s degree recipients graduate with no student debt.

Upon commencement, these students join an active and engaged body of more than 760,000 living alumni—placing IU among the nation’s five universities with the largest bodies of living alumni—who participate in more than 160 IU Alumni Association chapters and groups worldwide. These alumni regularly become leaders in their fields and are widely recognized for their achievements. Among their many accolades, IU alumni have earned nine Nobel Prizes, 21 Pulitzer Prizes, 104 Olympic Medals, 357 Fulbright Awards, four Tonys, six Oscars, 33 Emmys, and 50 Grammys. 

The university is united by an aspirational vision for its third century. Guided by three pillars—Student Success and Opportunity; Transformative Research and Creativity; and Service to Our State and Beyond— and seven core principles, IU 2030: The Indiana University Strategic Plan outlines an ambitious and shared path to new heights that reaffirms the university’s rightful place within the highest tier of American public higher education.