WEST HARTFORD, CT — Salome Raheim of the University of Iowa has been selected as the new dean of UConn’s School of Social Work, located on the university’s West Hartford campus. She will begin in August.
Raheim was previously senior associate to the president and director of the School of Social Work at Iowa, where she has been a professor of social work since 1997. She has also held positions at Augustana College in South Dakota, the University of Sioux Falls, The State University of New York at Albany, Bowie State College and served as a visiting professor at the University of South Australia.
“I am delighted and honored to join the university and its School of Social Work,” said Raheim.
“The school's accomplishments in research and public service are impressive. There is a clear and strong commitment to promoting social and economic justice and improving human well-being. I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students to advance the school’s contributions to social work practice statewide, nationally and internationally.”
“Salome has a national presence in the social work field and has served in several leadership capacities in social work organizations,” said Peter Nicholls, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at UConn.
“She brings to this position the energy, enthusiasm and vision for the School of Social Work that will enable her to lead it to the next level of excellence. I am excited about this appointment and look forward to welcoming Salome as the newest member of the UConn family.”
Raheim recently served on the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the accrediting body for social work programs, among numerous other leadership activities in her field. She was chosen as the 2007 CSWE Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecturer for her contributions to social and economic justice.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowie State in 1974, completed doctoral studies at The George Washington University in 1983, received her master’s from the Catholic University of America in 1976 and her Ph.D. in communications studies from the University of Iowa in 1990.
Her research interests include cultural competence, social justice, human rights, social and economic development, and organization and community practice. She began her career in 1976 as a psychiatric social worker in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
UConn’s School of Social work was founded in 1946.