Rutgers School of Social Work Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Judy L. Postmus has been appointed dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, effective July 1, 2020.
Cathryn C. Potter, Rutgers School of Social Work Dean and Distinguished Professor, commented, “Dr. Postmus has had a tremendous impact during her tenure at Rutgers School of Social Work. She has been a steadfast leader, committed to inclusiveness and collaboration in every aspect of her role. Although her departure is bittersweet, she is the right person for the job – especially during this time in social work history. On behalf of the entire School of Social Work, we thank Dr. Postmus for her outstanding service and wish her continued success in her new role.”
Dr. Postmus began her tenure at Rutgers School of Social Work in 2006. Soon after arriving at Rutgers, she founded and directed the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), which strives to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children and the power imbalances that permit them.
Her research focuses on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to developing a Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011). The Consortium works collaboratively with interdisciplinary researchers and NIJ research scientists to identify, implement, and disseminate research and evaluation projects that fill the gaps in our current knowledge on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence.
She held prior appointments at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare, where she received her Ph.D. She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.