In Brief: December 2022 / January 2023

Gallina Named Dean at Touro University Graduate School of Social Work

Nancy Gallina

Nancy Gallina has been named dean of the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) of Touro University, said Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish. Gallina has led the GSSW as interim dean since July 2020. 

“Dr. Gallina has admirably led the GSSW as interim dean with impressive grace, commitment, and leadership in navigating the school through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” said Kadish. 

“She is working collaboratively with all stakeholders as we prepare for our fall accreditation visit, and she enjoys the full support of the senior academic leadership. I believe she has the vision and talent to advance the school to the next phase of growth, distinction and achievement.” 

A founding member of the school’s faculty, Gallina, PhD, LCSW, has served as assistant professor, associate dean, chief academic integrity officer, chair of practice sequence, and director of the MSW program during her nearly 20 years there. 

“I look forward to recruiting and training our next generation of social workers. There is so much healing needed in our world, and now more than ever social workers are in demand,” she said. 

“With the repercussions from the global pandemic, and the socio-political strife our country has been enduring, we are only beginning to identify the many ways social work can be of help.”

Bullock Accepts Endowed Professor Role at Boston College

Karen Bullock

After 11 years at North Carolina State University and nine years as head of its School of Social Work, professor Karen Bullock is taking a new role as the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. 

According to the NC State University School of Social Work, Bullock joined NC State in 2011 as an associate professor of social work before being named head in 2013. Under Bullock’s leadership, social work experienced significant growth in student credit hours and external funding. Bullock directed the unit’s transition from a department to a school and led a successful re-accreditation process. She also provided leadership that propelled the school to become a nationally recognized program among the top-ranked social work schools by U.S. News & World Report. 

The school said Bullock’s leadership has been instrumental during this important time of growth for the School of Social Work. Her advocacy for her discipline and community was critical in the transition from a department to a school, in the re-accreditation process, and in the tremendous growth in student majors, the school noted. 

“We are especially grateful for her fierce commitment to equity and inclusion within the school, college and university, as well as her stellar engagement with local community partners,” the school said in a statement.

WGR Honors NASW Director of Public Policy

Christa Butts and Angelo McClain

For advocating for student loan debt relief on behalf of the social work profession, including exacting changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, NASW’s Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, was honored with the Federal Issue Campaign award by Women in Government Relations. The award recognizes an effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition. 

Each year, in conjunction with the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, Women in Government Relations presents the Excellence in Advocacy Awards to spotlight everyday advocates who dedicate themselves to representing their issue, cause or organization in the public policy arena. Butts, the director of Public Policy at NASW, was joined by NASW CEO Angelo McClain (pictured, right) in accepting the award.

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