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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

Welcome to Rutgers School of Social Work

I have the great privilege of serving as the dean of Rutgers School of Social Work, a dynamic institution that trains passionate, committed students to become leaders who serve society in policy, academic, clinical, and corporate settings.  

Our educational programs offer impressive quality and great variety, as do our 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 the profession hungers for and needs. 

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. 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? 


Cathryn C. Potter, MSW, Ph.D. 

Dean and Distinguished Professor 
Rutgers School of Social Work 


Executive Administration

Cathryn Potter

Cathryn C. Potter

Dean and Distinguished Professor

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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, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Associate Director, Center for Research on Ending Violence

Antoinette Farmer

Antoinette Farmer

Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sharon Fortin

Sharon A. Fortin

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Dr. N. Andrew Peterson

N. Andrew Peterson

Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research; Director, Center for Prevention Science

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

Associate Professor of Teaching, Director of the Baccalaureate Program, and Campus Coordinator of the 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

Samuel Jones

Samuel C. Jones

Assistant Dean of PTL Development in the Office of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Teaching

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Mark W. Lamar

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

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Michael LaSala

Director of the Doctorate of Social Work Program (DSW) and Professor

Judith McCoyd

Judith McCoyd

Associate Professor

Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz

Assistant Dean of Innovative Learning Technologies and Assistant Professor of Teaching