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About Rutgers School of Social Work

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Best Graduate Social Work Programs in NJ and #16 Overall
dynamic, prestigious faculty
passionate, dedicated students
proud, supportive alumni
field placements worldwide

Statement from the Interim Dean

Welcome to the School of Social Work

After serving as Chancellor of Rutgers University—New Brunswick, University Professor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Rutgers School of Social Work, it is my great privilege to return to the School as Interim Dean.

The Rutgers School of Social Work is a dynamic institution that trains passionate, committed students to become leaders who serve society in clinical, policy, management, community, corporate, and academic settings. Ranked with the best graduate social work program in New Jersey and in the top twenty programs throughout the country, our school offers flexible and affordable educational programs led by incredibly accomplished and well-known faculty members. In addition, our institute and centers remain engaged in the kind of integrative research and practice work that serves and grows our profession.

Thanks to the depth of our relationships both within the academic community and the world at large, our faculty and students present a force for good at local, state, national, and global arenas. If you are a prospective student, I invite you to explore our programs and offerings and read about our good works and think about how you, too, can make a positive difference in your world.

Together, we are partnering for change—won’t you join us?


Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Interim Dean—School of Social Work
Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Richard L. Edwards
Richard L. Edwards

Executive Administration

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Patricia Findley

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Social Work, Special Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives

Dr. Victoria Banyard

Victoria Banyard

Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Antoinette Farmer

Antoinette Farmer

Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sharon Fortin

Sharon A. Fortin

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Lia Nower

Associate Dean of Research, Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies & Co-Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certification Program (ACT)

Program Directors & Assistant Deans

Dr. Edward Alessi

Edward J. Alessi

Associate Professor and MSW Program Director; Core Faculty Member, Rutgers Global Health Institute

DuWayne Battle

DuWayne Battle

Teaching Professor; Assistant Dean of Bachelor's Programs Director, BASW Program in New Brunswick; Campus Coordinator, Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP)

Laura DiMarcantonio

Laura DiMarcantonio

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment

Arlene Hunter

Arlene Hunter

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Erica Goldblatt Hyatt

E. Goldblatt Hyatt

DSW Program Director; Associate Professor of Professional Practice for Reproductive Justice; Associate Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Mark W. Lamar

Associate Professor of Professional Practice & Executive Director, Office of Field Education

Christine Morales

Christine Morales

Assistant Dean for Lecturer Support; Associate Professor of Teaching

Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz

Assistant Dean of Innovative Learning Technologies and Associate Professor of Teaching

Cassandra Simmel

Cassandra Simmel

Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director