GCSW Dean Search - University of Houston

The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) has begun its search for a new dean. Provost Diane Z. Chase appointed the GCSW Dean Search Committee in February 2024.

The committee is co-chaired by Cathy Horn, Dean of the College of Education and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair, and Sheara Jennings, Associate Professor and Humana Endowed Chair in Social Determinants of Health in GCSW. The other members include:

  • Juan Barthelemy, Assistant Professor
  • Nicole Bromfield, Associate Professor
  • Marcus Brown, Doctoral Student
  • Renia Butler, Communications Director
  • Robin Gearing, Professor and Director of MH-RITES Research Center
  • Virginia (Ginger) Lucas, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Online and Hybrid Programs
  • Amber Mollhagen, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
  • Jamie Parker, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Practicum Education
  • Suzanne Pritzker, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Quenette Walton, Assistant Professor

Parker Executive Search, a firm specializing in higher education among other industries, is supporting this national search. Together, they will conduct all aspects of the search, including the review of applicants, initial interviews, and campus interviews. The committee will conduct interviews in a collaborative process with the college and campus community.

Listening Sessions

We believe in the importance of transparency of the process and critical need for participation from the college’s faculty, staff, students, community partners, and stakeholders.

The GCSW Dean Search Committee and representatives from Parker Executive Search, have scheduled the following listening sessions to seek input regarding the search.

Monday, March 25 Wednesday, March 27 Wednesday, March 27 Monday, April 1 Tuesday, April 2 Tuesday, April 2 Thursday, April 4 Tuesday, April 16
11:00 am - noon 12:00 - 1:00 pm 4:30 - 5:30 pm 2:30 - 3:30 pm 10:00 - 11:00 am 5:00 - 6:00 pm 12:00 - 1:00 pm 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Staff PhD students Open to anyone Adjunct Faculty, Practicum Partners & Alumni Faculty MSW students Adjunct Faculty, Practicum Partners & Alumni Open to anyone
Virtual Virtual Hybrid
Room: SW 110
Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual 

Link to Listening Sessions: 

To participate in your respective listening sessions, please join HERE via zoom. 

Those unable to join the listening sessions or have additional feedback, the search committee invites you to provide input via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UH_Dean_GCSW_Feedback.


We invite you to nominate candidates for the position. You can do this by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UH_Dean_GCSW_Nominations

There is no need to contact potential candidates yourself. Once you submit the nomination(s), the search firm will follow up.