Dean Search

Dean Barth at AASWSWMay 2019
Dean Richard P. Barth has announced his plans to transition back to faculty after the 2019-20 academic year.

"As I close the chapter on another academic year and after presiding over my 13th Convocation ceremony and the completion of our MSW and PHD student’s transitions to new professional roles, I am ready to communicate my own transition. The time has come to step back from this vitally important and fulfilling leadership role.   I have been proud to serve as Dean during these years spending every day working to make the School an ever better place of excellence in learning, research and community outreach.

I have informed UMB President Jay Perman of my intentions to transition out of my role as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.  

I will return to the faculty where I hope to bring renewed consistency and impact to my very intermittent work as a children’s services scholar.

Dean Position Statement Released

October 25, 2019:
The search committee has released its Position Statement for the search.  This document gives interested candidates and others a broad look at UMB, the School, academic programs, as well as in-depth information on the opportunity available and the experience and qualifications needed and desired.

Interested parties are welcome to submit their thoughts by emailing the Search Consultants at this address


Dean of the School of Social Work Search Timeline Overview

[updated 10/10/19]

October/November/December 2019 - Search consultants and community build candidate pool
January/February 2020 - Committee discussion, candidate interviews and reference checks
Mid to late February 2020 - Candidates visit campus
Decision by Dr. Perman

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