Dean, School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at Tulane University seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, visionary thinker, and strong communicator as its next Dean. The next Dean will strategically position TSSW for the future and will have the creativity, talent, and energy to build on its legacy of academic excellence and community engagement and continue to strategically improve the School’s impact, reputation, and financial strength.

Founded in 1834, Tulane University combines the very best of a top-tier research university with a strong commitment to high-quality graduate and undergraduate education. A member of the Association of American Universities, it is consistently ranked as a top university nationally and one of the best in the South, and has greatly increased its admissions selectivity in recent years. Tulane’s mission is to create, communicate, and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to think, learn, act, and lead with integrity and wisdom.

Tulane University is a leading research institution with partnerships that span the globe. University-wide research efforts garnered more than $200 million in sponsored awards in AY 2022.

The Tulane School of Social Work is an innovative, high-touch graduate school equipping future leaders with clinical and community-based practice training to empower individuals, families, and communities. TSSW annually enrolls approximately 500 students, taught by 27 full-time faculty, and supported by 30 staff. It offers both on-campus and online master’s and doctoral-level programs.

TSSW is the fifth-oldest school of social work in the profession, and the oldest school of its kind in the Gulf South. Today, its academic reputation and community orientation has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, ranked as #28 of Best Schools for Social Work. It offers master’s (MSW) and doctorate (DSW) degrees (offered both on-campus and online), as well as its first-of-its-kind master’s of science in disaster resilience leadership (DRL). It also offers multiple dual-degree programs and an interdisciplinary PhD program.

TSSW is now at a moment that requires leaning into its key strengths and opportunities to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our society. In collaboration with the faculty, the Dean will envision and execute a strategic plan that seizes upon TSSW’s reputation in the field and its role in the New Orleans community. For these ambitious goals, the Dean must strengthen existing revenue streams, increase enrollment, and attract the investment essential for a leading school of social work.

Further, given the heightened awareness in our world of the need for human services, the Dean will serve as a champion for the crucial role of social work in our society. Likewise, TSSW’s unique location and important connection to climate justice requires the Dean to demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in meaningful ways. 

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, responsible to the Provost for oversight and quality of all the School’s academic and research programs. The successful candidate will identify new opportunities for growth, and advocate for TSSW’s important role in the University’s research and community-focused missions. 

The Dean will bring high academic standards, an outstanding record of scholarship, and strong leadership and management skills and must possess a terminal degree and the qualifications for appointment as a tenured professor. The Dean sets the academic tenor, promotes a culture of outstanding innovation and scholarship, and represents faculty, students, and staff to the University and beyond.

This individual should have a strong administrative record, with strategic and organizational management skills, intellectual leadership, a record of resource and relationship building, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills will also be important for the successful candidate.

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Tulane University will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz, Ellen Brown Landers, and Meghan Ashbrock of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Nominations and applications should be directed to: TulaneSocialWorkDean@heidrick.com

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