Rachel Schwartz, MSW, LSW, is the Assistant Dean of Innovative Learning Technologies, Director of Online MSW Programs and an Associate Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ms. Schwartz earned her MSW from Rutgers University School of Social Work and prior to her current position was employed at the schools’ Center on Violence Against Women and Children.

She has focused her social work career on research, management, and administration, with a particular emphasis on online education, as well as gender issues and interpersonal violence. Her most recent experience includes development and management of the online and blended MSW programs, including academic advising of online and blended program students.  In addition to student support, Ms. Schwartz also works closely with faculty and PTLs teaching online to provide pedagogical support and expertise in teaching online, as well as developing online courses. 

Courses Taught

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Violence and Abuse in Adulthood
  • Gender, Women, and Intersectional Social Justice

Selected Recent Publications: 

Schwartz, R. & Curran, L. (2022). Technical standards: What they are and why they matter. Advances in Social Work, 22(1), 163-177.

Schwartz, R., Curran, L. & Diksies, M. (2020).  Online social work education and the disinhibition effect. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 21(1), 107-122

Sanchez Mayers, R., Schwartz, R., Curran, L. & Fulghum, F. H. (2019). Using a virtual agency to teach research. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 39(4-5), 477-488. 

Johnson, L., Postmus, J. L., Khetarpal, R., Schwartz, R., Buttner, C. & McMahon, S. (2018). The Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University. Research on Social Work Practice. doi: 10.1177/1049731518798698

Schwartz, R., McMahon, S. & Broadnax, J. (2015). A review of sexual assault information on college websites.  Health and Social Work. Advance Access published August 26, 2015, doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlv064