I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mary Cavanaugh as the Dean of the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Dr. Cavanaugh’s excellence was recognized through a national search representing a stellar candidate pool. Many of you had the opportunity to meet with finalists; your feedback was critical to the decision. I especially thank the search committee members Professors Alexis Kuerbis, Paul Kurzman, Vicki Lens, and Willie Tolliver, students Ana Aparicio Calderon and Andy Torres, and its chair Dr. Gail McCain, the Joan Grabe School of Nursing Dean.
Hunter College mourns the loss of Professor Eleanor Bromberg, who died on January 28, at age 84. A prolific scholar who taught clinical social work, Professor Bromberg joined the faculty in 1978. During her distinguished 31-year tenure, she inspired generations of students to devote their lives to serving those most in need.
Dr. Alexis Jemal will join the Silberman School of Social Work in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor. Immediately prior to joining Silberman, Dr. Jemal completed her doctoral work at the Rutgers University School of Social Work (New Brunswick, NJ) in June 2016. Dr. Jemal also holds a J.D. from the Rutgers University Law School-Newark.
Dr. Vicki Lens will join the Silberman School of Social Work as a Professor in Fall 2016. Dr. Lens comes to Silberman after serving on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in social welfare from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and her MSW from Stony Brook University (SUNY).
Dr. Maria Y. Rodriguez will join the Silberman School of Social Work in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor. Immediately prior to joining Silberman, Professor Rodriguez completed her doctoral work at the University of Washington School of Social Work (Seattle, WA) in June 2016.
Dr. Jama Shelton will join the Silberman School of Social Work in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining Silberman, Dr. Shelton was a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU Silver School of Social Work. She was also Deputy Executive Director of the True Colors Fund, a leading non-profit organization that works to end LGBT youth homelessness.