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Announcement: Dr. Beth Angell to take on role as new dean at VCU’s School of Social Work
April 30, 2018


Associate Professor and Faculty Chair Dr. Beth Angell has accepted a new position as the Dean of the School of Social Work at the Virginia Commonwealth University starting July 2018.  

Angell's contributions to the Rutgers School of Social Work over the last several years have been numerous and significant. She has taken on several leadership roles, not the least of which has been to manage the promotion and tenure process, co-chair the dean's evaluation, and implement the school’s faculty development programs. 

Prior to coming to the Rutgers SSW, Angell served as assistant and associate professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was recently named a fellow of the Society of Social Work and Research and serves on the editorial board of the journal Social Work in Mental Health.

Angell’s research focuses on mental health and substance abuse treatment and has been supported by more than $10 million in grants from state and federal aencies and private organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), the Chicago Community Trust, Agency for Research on Health Care Quality, and the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

In addition, Angell has been a well-respected and popular professor with graduate students in the MSW, PhD, and DSW programs, offering her expertise in courses such as Direct Practice: Theories and Models, Clinical Social Work: Mental Health, Theory Development in Social Work, and serving as dissertation chair or member for dozens of students. 

"This is a loss to Rutgers Social Work, of course, but is a great gain for the profession," says Dean Cathryn Potter. "I will personally very much miss Beth’s wise counsel and leadership as Faculty Chair.  I will also look forward to working with her as a fellow social work dean."

The Virginia Commonwealth University is indeed fortunate to have brought on an individual who embodies passion for the profession, excellent diplomacy and tact, intelligence, and strong leadership. In her future endeavors, we wish Beth well, and hope she will continue to think of Rutgers School of Social Work as a place where she will always be welcome. 

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