GSSWSR Reaccredited Through 2016

Posted November 11th, 2008 at 10:56 am.

After a comprehensive review, the Council on Social Work Education has reaccredited Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research through 2016.

In its Accreditation Review Brief, the CSWE site team noted many of the GSSWSR’s strengths, including the integration of diversity content into the curriculum, the commitment to at-risk populations and social and economic justice, the quality of the faculty, and the school’s welcoming and supportive environment for women and for students and faculty of color.

“Strong and sustained efforts are demonstrated throughout the program to create a learning environment that supports diversity in all aspects of the program. Women faculty feel that both college and school support is a strength for them as well as staff and students. Students and faculty of color described a welcoming and supportive environment in the school,” says the report.

GSSWSR Director Marcia Martin

GSSWSR Director Marcia Martin

“This is an exciting time for the school,” says Director Marcia Martin. “We’ve been fully reaccredited by CSWE, the College has finished a comprehensive review of its graduate programs and reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the School, and a nationwide search is underway for a new director.”

The Director of the Graduate School of Social Work position was created after the Task Force on Balancing Mission and Resources presented its recommendations to the Board of Trustees last February. The task force spent nearly two years looking at a number of issues and their impact on the College’s budget. Chief among these issues was the College’s commitment to graduate education.

“It was something of an anxiety-provoking process,” admits Martin. “But I think it’s led to a greater understanding throughout the Bryn Mawr community of the importance of professional social-work education and a celebration of its contributions to the College.”

The director position was made official earlier this semester when the General Faculty voted in favor of the move, and the nationwide search for candidates is now underway.

Graduate Studies Interim Dean Liz McCormack

Graduate Studies Interim Dean Liz McCormack

“We’re looking for someone who is excited by the unique opportunity to lead a school of social work that is critical to and shaped by being attached to a liberal-arts college for women and the opportunities that the relationship presents,” says Liz McCormack, chair of the search committee and interim dean of graduate studies.

Joining McCormack on the search committee are faculty and staff members, students from the GSSWSR’s master’s and doctoral programs, the Dean of the Undergraduate College, and a member of the GSSWSR Advisory Board.

The search committee will be doing much of the initial screening electronically with an online information-sharing tool that will enable them to communicate and review applicants’ submissions securely.

“The search committee will have a series of face-to-face meetings to discuss candidates, and once we’re down to a short list, we will invite finalists to campus to have them meet with administrators, faculty, and students,” says McCormack.

“I am extremely excited about a national search for a new director. I’m also excited about the recognition of all the School has to contribute to the curricular and administrative endeavors of the College and all it has to gain from enhanced collaboration,” adds Martin.

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