DuWayne Battle

Director of Baccalaureate Program

PhD, Rutgers
Dr. Battle's research interests include religion and spirituality, depression and mental health, and diversity and opression.
New Brunswick 848-932-5373,ext. 25373
Camden 856-225-6377


V. DuWayne Battle (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2001) is the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BASW) program on the Rutgers Camden and New Brunswick campuses.  Under his leadership the undergraduate social work program has more than doubled, making it one of the largest and most diverse in New Jersey.  Additionally, he serves as the faculty advisor for five student groups, including the Nu Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the nation's largest social work honor society.  Dr Battle, who has traveled extensively speaking at conferences and providing training, is the program chair for the Southwestern Social Work Association.  He is also on the NASW-NJ Committee on Diversity & Cultural Competency.   His research interests include religion and spirituality and diversity and oppression.  He has published in the area of religion and spirituality and is presently working on a project developing measures to evaluate courses on diversity, oppression, and social justice in schools of social work.  Dr Battle is an advocate for increasing  accessibility for people with disabilities, and he is leading an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence and $100k for the Krystal Skinner Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Courses Taught:

  • Diversity and Oppression
  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Services
  • Child Welfare Services and Practices
  • Spirituality and Social Work

Selected Recent Publications:

Battle, V. D. (2003). Just James: 12 Keys to Living the Good Life. Largo, MD: Christian
Living Books, Inc.

Battle, V. D. & Idler, E. L. (2003). Meaning and Effects of Congregational Religious
Participation. In M. A. Kimble & S. H. McFadden (Eds.), Aging, Spirituality, and
Religion: A Handbook
, Volume 2, (pp. 121-33). Minneapolis, Fortress Press.

Battle, V. D. (2003). Four Windows and an Altar. Minister, 26(1), 3-5.

Battle, V. D. (1987). The Influence of Al-Islam in America on the Black Community. Lincoln
, 8(1), 65-77.

Battle, V. D. (1986). The Seamless Garment. The Shaw Divinity School Journal, 1(1), 32-35.