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Department Chair of Social Work 12 Mo (Internal Search)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The School of Social Work is an integral part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB. The school serves the region’s social work education needs with accredited (CSWE) Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degrees. Through coursework, field placement experiences, and extra-curricular activities, the diverse student body gains the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundation they need to become effective agents of positive change. The Director will be responsible for providing leadership and overseeing all aspects of the School, including program development, administration, budget, faculty and staff development, and student success. This invitation is for candidates internal to the School of Social Work at CSUSB only, with a time base of 1.00 for the chair position.


• Provide vision, leadership, and administrative oversight for the School of Social Work.

• Develop and maintain an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment that fosters student success, faculty and staff excellence, and community engagement.

• Develop and implement strategies for advancing the School's mission, goals, and objectives.

• Manage the School's budget and resources, including fund-raising, grant-writing, and community outreach efforts.

• Hire, develop, and mentor faculty and staff, and promote a culture of collaboration and shared governance.

 • Ensure compliance with CSUSB policies, CSWE standards, and state licensing requirements.

 • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and professional organizations.

• Foster a culture of academic excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement.

• Represent the School at university, community, and professional events, as well as serve on relevant committees.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.


• An earned doctorate in social work or a related field from an accredited institution.

• A minimum of five years of administrative experience, preferably as a director, chair, or dean of a social work program.

• A distinguished record of teaching, research, and service.

• A deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of academic and community life.

• A demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and inspire faculty, staff, and students.

• An understanding of and commitment to CSWE accreditation standards and social work licensure requirements.

• A proven record of fund-raising, grant-writing, and community engagement.

• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.

Please review FAM 641.65 for more information on the responsibilities of department chairs: s.pdf


  • Evidence of scholarly activity, publication, and innovation is valued. Evidence of exemplary graduate-level teaching and leadership experience at program level is preferred and should be noted in application.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The School of Social Work at CSUSB, part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, offers accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degrees, preparing a diverse student body for impactful social work careers.

To find out more about the CSUSB School of Social Work of  

CSUSB is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and to strengthening institutional excellence through diversity. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Dr. Yawen Li



Please submit

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Statement of leadership/managerial style/goals/vision
  4. Statement of qualifications,
  5. Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  6. A list of three references, who can speak on behalf of the candidate.
  7. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.
  8. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Department Chair 12 Month (Assistant Professor)          (Range 3) - $6,190 – $14,893

Department Chair 12 Month (Associate Professor)         (Range 4) - $7,102 – $16,352

Department Chair 12 Month (Professor)                         (Range 5) - $8,964 – $17,127

CSU Salary Schedule:

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:


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