Program Director/Associate Professor, Master of Social Work Program

June 12, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
July 19, 2019
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Position Description

Fairleigh Dickinson University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Program Director/Associate Professor of the Master of Social Work Program.  The Program Director will serve as the leader and chief academic officer of this program, and will be responsible for the effective day-to-day communication, program assessment and planning, fiscal management and evaluation of faculty.  This person will serve to develop and implement the strategic plan, and will provide guidance and oversight through the initial and ongoing accreditation process as the school prepares to seat its first class of students.  This includes the hiring of additional program faculty, recruitment of the student class, and management of the budget. This position reports to the Dean of the Becton College of Arts and Sciences and the position is a tenure-track, 11- month appointment at the rank of associate professor or above. 

The Program Director will be responsible for:

  • Working alongside University administration, including the Deans of the Becton College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and other members of the leadership team, to develop and launch the newly established program in social work;
  • Spearheading the accreditation for the program, working with the Council on Social Work Education to establish the parameters for accreditation and bring the school through this longitudinal process;
  • Serving as the chief budgetary officer of the program;
  • Program administration (including facilitation of the online curriculum development and delivery);
  • Building a faculty and administrative team and teaching within the MSW program;
  • Working closely with the Office of University Advancement to develop and maintain relationships with the philanthropic community for the purpose of obtaining scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and monetary donations to the program;
  • Maintaining appropriate scholarly engagement.


The ideal candidate should have:

  • A Masters of Social Work and earned doctorate in a related field;
  • At least three years of experience teaching within a social work program;
  • Record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and/or service eligible for academic appointment at the rank of associate or full professor;
  • Evidence of leadership and innovation within the field of social work or a closely aligned discipline;
  • Experience with the social work accreditation process, including a familiarity with the self-study process, submission guidelines and timelines for accreditation;
  • Academic experience with skills and experience in instructional design and course development, especially for online teaching;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with faculty;
  • Familiarity with teaching and delivering content using online modalities;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective and constructive collaborative relationships with faculty and administration throughout the University;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities; excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member;
  • A satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.

About The Institution

Fairleigh Dickinson University:

The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.  The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.

FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs -- days, evenings and weekends.  The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.

About The Community

FDU's Florham Campus is in Morris County, New Jersey, bridging the towns of Florham Park and Madison. The campus consists of 178 acres, part of Florham, a former country estate of early 20th-century socialites Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly. Florham is a contraction of the first names of the couple. FDU has owned the campus since 1958.

FDU Florham is primarily a residential campus, supported by a strong student life program. It boasts active fraternities and sororities, diverse student activities, and dynamic Division III and intramural athletics programs. Resident students are joined in class by undergraduate commuters and by adult, graduate, and certificate students, utilizing first-class educational resources either retrofitted into the campus' distinctive and appealing original buildings, or newly built especially in the most recent decades.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Program Director/Associate Professor of the Master of Social Work Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as it relates to this position. Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have initiated or developed a Master’s program.
2) A complete CV highlighting your career in higher education and educational credentials.
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by July 19, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.