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DuWayne Battle

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

Ph.D., MSW, Rutgers

Dr. Battle’s areas of practice include all aspects of student advising, curricula development, program development, leadership development, cultural competency training, fundraising, , and teaching in the areas of diversity and social justice, spirituality and social work, and child welfare.


V. DuWayne Battle (Ph.D., D.Min., MSW, M.Div.) is an Associate Professor of Teaching and 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 quadrupled, 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 is the recent President of both the Southwestern Social Work Association and the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter. Currently, he is the President-Elect of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Social Work Directors, campus coordinator of the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP), a consortium of all of New Jersey’s schools and departments of social work, trustee of the New Jersey Social Work Education, Research, and Scholarship Corporation, member of the NASW-NJ Continuing Education Program Committee, and serves on several other boards and committees. His international experience includes travel to six continents, where he has worked on academic and faith-based initiatives with a number of organizations. Recently, Dr. Battle worked to help establish international exchange programs between the Rutgers School of Social Work and Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, as well as the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Dr. Battle is the primary lead teacher for the Diversity and Oppression and Introduction to Social Work and Social Services courses. He has also worked to develop three fully online courses in the areas of generalist social work practice, child welfare, and diversity and social justice. Dr. Battle worked on a project between Rutgers University and NASW-NJ to establish a Leadership Development Certificate Program, entitled, Leadership Through a New Lens: Institutionalizing Diversity and Social Justice. He has published in the area of diversity and social justice, as well as religion and spirituality. His most recent co-authored article, entitled, Measuring student learning in social justice courses: The Diversity and Oppression Scale, provides an important instrument to evaluate courses on diversity, oppression, and social justice in schools of social work. Dr. Battle has been an advocate for increasing accessibility for people with disabilities, and he has led an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence and more than $100k for the Krystal Skinner Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. Currently, he is working on the Phi Alpha National Honor Society Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Courses Taught: 

  • Child Welfare Services and Practices

  • Diversity and Oppression

  • Groups at Risk

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment

  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Services

  • Spirituality and Social Work

Selected Recent Publications: 

Windsor, L C., Shorkey, C., & Battle, D.  (2015).  Measuring student learning in social justice courses: The Diversity and Oppression Scale.  Journal of Social Work Education, 51:1, 58-71.

Krentzman, A. R., Pagano, M. E., Bradley, J. C., Johnson, S. M., Battle, D., Andrade, F. H., Delva, J., & Robinson, E. A. R. (2012). The role of religiousness on substance-use disorder treatment outcomes: A comparison of Black and White adolescents. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3, 104-128.

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.

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