Chair, Department of Family Science and Social Work

Position Overview

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Miami University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair for the Department of Family Science and Social Work.

Nationally recognized as one of the country’s top​ ​public universities for undergraduate teaching as​ ​well as a Top 50 ranking for return on investment​, ​Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio (cited by Forbes a few years ago as the #1 Best College​ ​Town). Current campus enrollment includes over​ ​17,000 undergraduates and over 2,500 graduate​ students on the Oxford campus. In 2021, Forbes ranked Miami University as a Top 10 employer in the state of Ohio. Miami University is consistently ranked by US News and World Report as a leader in its commitment to undergraduate education.

Miami University seeks a Chair committed to building a culture of excellence and collaboration through consultative decision-making. The Chair is responsible for the planning and administration of a department consisting of 17 faculty, 3 staff, 3 graduate assistants, 48 graduate students, and 192 undergraduate students.  The Chair is expected to foster exemplary teaching, research, (including the pursuit of external funding), and creativity while promoting diversity, global awareness, and social responsibility throughout family science and social work curricula. Primary department budget responsibilities reside with the Chair.

Other duties include recruiting an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge; mentoring and evaluation of faculty; participating in strategy to recruit and retain a culturally diverse student body;  building partnerships designed to achieve professional impact; working with alumni; course scheduling and developing and expanding on-line and hybrid course offerings; overseeing internal program assessments and external assessments through the Council on Social Work Education, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Association of Child Life Professionals; and helping to elaborate and implement a vision for the department and the department’s future directions.

Required Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in Human Development and Family Science, Social Work, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education; demonstrate teaching and scholarship qualifications to merit the rank of associate or full professor; provide evidence of commitment to developing faculty and programs that support engagement with diverse students and community populations; and evidence of high performance in areas of leadership, scholarship, and instructional effectiveness. For appointment at the associate rank, a strong research and publication record, evidence of teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in family science and/or social work and topics related to candidates’ research specialties are additionally required. For appointment at the professor rank, a distinguished record of scholarly research, evidence of excellent quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, meaningful service at the department and college, and university level, and professional achievement are additionally required.

Desired Qualifications: Interested in candidates with evidence of expertise and insight on the changing nature of Family Science and Social Work and evidence of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking; and candidates who have a master’s degree in Social Work. Applicants should be committed to data-informed decision making and program assessment. A commitment to anti-oppressive social work practice and experience working with diverse communities are also desired.

The complete Position Profile can be found above.

Nominations and Applications

Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date for the position is August 1, 2023.

To apply for the Chair of the Department of Family Science and Social Work position, candidates are requested to submit the following:  

  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vita;
  • The names of three professional references (Department will request letters of recommendation from references listed in the application); and
  • A one-page diversity statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

Please apply for this position at:

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Chair position are encouraged. Please direct them to:
Concetta Stewart, Ph.D., Principal,

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.