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Rutgers School of Social Work Welcomes New Associate Deans
September 10, 2018

The Rutgers School of Social Work is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Laura Curran to the role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In this position, Dr. Curran will oversee the academic programming of the School of Social Work and work closely with faculty and program leadership on teaching and learning initiatives. Her office also oversees the School of Social Work’s part-time lecturers.  Dr. Curran is an associate professor at the SSW and she served as Director of the MSW program since 2014. In that role, she oversaw curriculum and master’s level program development. Prior to that appointment, she was the inaugural director of our Online MSW Program. In that capacity, she led the design and implementation of successful online endeavors.

Curran’s scholarship focuses on social work history, low-income women’s perinatal mental health, and most recently, issues in social work education.  Her work has appeared in such outlets as Social Service Review, the Journal of Women’s History, and Infant Mental Health. Curran is the Co-PI for a CSWE Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative grant.  

We are also happy to share the promotion of Dr. Judy L. Postmus to the position of Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives.  In this role, Postmus is responsible for developing and leading faculty tenure and promotion processes and faculty mentoring and development programs in conjunction with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Research. In addition, she will work closely with Dean Cathryn Potter to manage special projects related to developing and advancing strategic initiatives within the School and University, as well as locally and nationally.  

Since 2007, Postmus has served as the founding director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, the premier social work research center focused on interpersonal violence. Under her leadership, VAWC has grown to a large, vibrant, well-funded center including 18 doctoral students, and numerous post docs, staff, students, and faculty, with a current funding level of $2.5 million per year.  During her time with the Center, VAWC has received funding from the National Institute of Justice, the Center for Disease Control, the New Jersey Departments of Children and Families, Human Services, and Community Affairs, as well as with the Verizon and Allstate Foundations. Her research is 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).  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

The Rutgers School of Social Work welcomes Dr. Curran and Dr. Postmus in their new roles, and looks forward to future successes with them as integral members of the senior leadership team. 

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