Dean of the School of Social Work

Norfolk State University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is pleased to announce its search for the University's next Dean of the School of Social Work. NSU, a Historically Black College/University, seeks nominations and applications for a visionary, strategic and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. The School was established in 1960 and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It offers the BSW, MSW and PhD degrees in Social Work and enjoys the distinction of the only HBCU School of Social Work established in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Dean’s position is a full-time 12- month senior level faculty/administrative position. The Dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the school. 


The successful candidate must possess an earned Masters of Social Work degree and a Ph.D. in Social Work/Related Field from an accredited institution.   The next Dean will have demonstrated experience in collaborative team building and student-centered engagement as well as a demonstrated track record in organizational management in strategic planning, resource allocation, fundraising, and risk management.  Five years of social work practice and seven years of teaching experience are also required.


Founded in 1935, Norfolk State College was brought to life during the Great Depression. More than 40 years later, university status was attained. Today the University serves approximately 5,100 students and has five academic colleges/schools and 49 degree programs that operate on one campus. 


Candidates are asked to submit electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF: (1) a letter of interest that responds to the Leadership Position Profile and the specific Qualifications for the Dean of The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five professional references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. Applications or nominations can be sent to: To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before September 24, 2021.   


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AGB Search is assisting Norfolk State University with this very important search. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the consultants to discuss this opportunity.


Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search 

C: 301.538.1019  


Dr. Carlton Brown, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search

C: 912.247.8661


Norfolk State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Virginia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Norfolk State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity, Room 137 Wood Science Bldg, Norfolk, VA 23405. Telephone: 757-823-9084.