School of Social Work

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

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School honors excellence for 2021-22 school year

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to recognize the academic and service excellence of nearly 100 students (plus faculty and staff) as we close the 2021-2022 academic year. Honors include our annual student awards, scholarship recognition and/or induction into our Phi Alpha Honor Society; 12 students received multiple honors. In addition, Hollee McGinnis, […]

Message from the interim dean regarding Uvalde, Texas, shooting

Dear School of Social Work community, My heart is heavy today as I try to process the lives lost in Uvalde, Texas, as well as those forever changed.  Many of you know that the place I consider home is an hour and a half from Uvalde, and I love and am deeply connected to this […]

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, to serve as interim social work dean

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, comes by her passion for the transformative power of higher education naturally – it’s in her genes. Gomez assumes leadership as interim dean of the VCU School of Social Work on May 16, 2022, after serving for nearly two years as associate dean of academic and student affairs. Dr. Gomez succeeds […]

New Ph.D. graduate Shenita Williams brings school social work experience to role as assistant professor

Shenita Williams, Ph.D., brings plenty of practical experience to her new role as an assistant professor in teaching in the VCU School of Social Work – not to mention a VCU perspective as a three-time graduate and newly minted doctor of education. Williams (B.S.W.’93/SW; M.S.W.’95/SW; Ph.D.’22/E) has also served as an adjunct faculty member with […]

Social Work retains top 30 national ranking

The VCU School of Social Work continues its longstanding place among the nation’s top graduate schools of social work with a No. 28 ranking from U.S. News & World Report in its 2023 Best Graduate Schools list, released March 29, 2022. VCU is tied with seven other schools at No. 28 out of 298 ranked […]

Opioid learning collaborative continues to pay big dividends from $60,000 grant

From expanded field placements to better prepared students – and ultimately graduates – to a digital resource repository, Karen Chartier, Ph.D., can check off a number of outcomes that will extend the life of a modest one-year grant of $60,000.  The VCU School of Social Work associate professor was a co-principal investigator for the Social […]

Social work’s Chartier to lead behavioral health research institute and its signature survey

As an associate professor of social work and researcher, Karen Chartier, Ph.D., has been a regular user of data from VCU’s Spit for Science, an annual student survey. Now she will have a chance to lead the university’s signature survey project and its parent organization, the Institute for Research on Behavioral and Emotional Health (IRBEH). […]

Dean Angell announces departure from VCU, new position at Michigan

Beth Angell, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Social Work since 2018, has accepted the position of dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan effective July 1.  “Leading this school has been a tremendous honor and privilege, even during challenging times,” says Angell, the ninth full-time dean in the […]

Social work faculty and student researchers presenting at SSWR 2022

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to acknowledge the faculty, student scholars and their research collaborators taking part in the Society for Social Work and Research’s 26th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference theme is Social Science for Racial, Social and Political Justice. In January 2021, the School of Social Work […]

School of Social Work Annual Report: 100+ snapshots that tell a story of strength, resilience, adaptability

As the VCU School of Social Work takes a look back at the past 18 months through the lens of our first Annual Report publication, it’s clear that the big picture is really a series of smaller snapshots and their collective impact. You will find more than 100 of these snapshots throughout the pages of […]

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