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Announcing our New Hires
January 6, 2016

Dr. Jacquelynn Duron will join our faculty as an assistant professor in July 2016. Duron received her Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work degree from the University of Houston in 2014 after completing her dissertation titled Legal Decision Making in Child Sexual Abuse Investigations: Factors that Influence Prosecution. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has had many fellowships including: Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being at University of Chicago, and a doctoral research assistant and teaching fellow at the University of Houston.  Duron has received many honors and research support. She has authored or coauthored numerous publications and presentations.

Dr. Anna Haley will join our faculty as an associate professor in July 2016.   Dr. Haley's research is in the area of work and income instability, and her work fits well with several potential Rutgers research partnerships.  She will add to our inter-professional, interdisciplinary efforts in the management, policy and leadership areas. Her research uses theories of organizational structure and behavior to study the distribution of workplace opportunities for compensation, skill development, mobility, and work-life balance. Her research centers on investigating the factors that shape employers’ choices about designing and rewarding work, as well as the impacts of those choices on organizational performance, workforce stability and diversity, and family and community well-being. Her current projects examine employment conditions within a big box retail chain and within chain and independent full-service restaurants, and the work-life interplay of mothers employed in human services and professional/managerial occupations.   

Dr. Wen (Vivien) Li will be joining us as a new assistant professor in July 2016.  Her research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill addresses substance abuse and behavioral addictions, with a focus on internet addiction and pathological internet use, video gaming addiction, and pathological pornography use among adolescents and young adults. Li’s research interests stem from her practice and research experiences with college students in China and the United States. These experiences provided firsthand knowledge of the devastating effects of pathological internet and video game use on mental health and social well-being. Her research goals are to explore the etiology and risk mechanisms of internet and video gaming addiction, and to develop and test cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions that can ameliorate problem behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

Eric Lock will join our faculty as a non-tenure track, Associate Professor of Teaching.  Mr. Lock has many years teaching experience in both BSW and MSW programs, teaching primarily in the macro practice areas of the curriculum.  He has served as faculty advisor to several student groups, and looks forward to advancing our social justice, social policy and organizing teaching agenda.

Timothy (Tim) MacKinnon has joined the SSW faculty as a Research Specialist in the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He will work on projects related to assessment for the School.  Additionally, he will teach Research Methods I in the MSW program. He holds a M.P.P. from Rutgers University and a M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and he is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Planning and Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where he served previously as Assistant Director at the Bloustein Center for Survey Research from 2010 to 2015.

Scott McGoldrick will join the School of Social Work as the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration in January 2016.  Mr. McGoldrick joins us from Princeton University where is currently serves as the Manager of Budget and Finance, for the Facilities Finance and Administrative Services division.  Mr. McGoldrick has a broad range of skills and experiences relevant to this position, and comes highly recommended by those who have worked with him at Princeton.  We look forward to welcoming him to our team here at SSW.

Dr. Sara Plummer has joined the SSW faculty as an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Assistant Director the BASW program.  Sara has a wide range of professional experience as a social worker, case manager, counselor, and administrator. She has provided service to both the profession and the community as a member of various committees, councils, and boards.  She has served on the Teaching Enhancement Committee, School of Social Work and Human Services Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee, University Assessment Council, Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities, Camden/Gloucester County Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, and the Prevention & Public Education Committee (PPEC) of the Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence and Vulnerable Populations Work Group.   Dr. Plummer will spend most of her time on the Camden campus working with students as a member of the faculty, program administrator, and student advisor.




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