School of Social Work

No. 28 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Frank Baskind, Ph.D., followed two legends as dean of the VCU School of Social Work in 1991. Three decades later, his legacy shows he was every bit the powerhouse that Elaine Z. Rothenberg and Grace E. Harris were.

Frank Baskind sitting at a desk with his hands crossed, smiling and wearing a blue shirt and red tie.
Frank Baskind, Ph.D.

Baskind will retire this summer as professor and dean emeritus in the School of Social Work, a title he has held since 2013. He previously served as dean for nearly 17 years and as university ombudsman for five. In total, he served VCU for 32 years.

Hhis work with faculty and staff enhanced the School of Social Work’s national prominence – as reflected by high rankings for faculty scholarship and the school’s academic programs. Baskind created administrative positions focused on research, community engagement, strategic initiatives, recruitment and retention, and his tenure saw the creation of the first course offerings via distance-learning technology – a precursor to the school’s successful online master’s in social work program. Dual master’s degrees and certificates of study were developed to expand learning opportunities.

Baskind also served at the national level in prominent roles with the Council on Social Work Education – first as chair of the commission on accreditation, and then as president-elect and president.

During his work as dean, the school also was awarded federal contracts to administer child development Head Start programs in community agencies, and international connections were established in Belarus, Ukraine, Belize, Ghana and the Dominican Republic. An annual Social Justice Week was launched as well.

“I am most proud of the scholarly, instructional contributions and community contributions of our faculty members and the successful careers of our graduates,” Baskind says. “And with today’s school leadership team and the cadre of faculty, the school’s social work programs will continue to flourish.”

»  See the full story at VCU News.

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