Paula Silver

Paula T. Silver, PhD

Dean, School of Human Service Professions



Biographical Statement

Paula T. Silver, MSW, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Human Service Professions
Widener University

Dr. Silver was Director of Widener University's Center for Social Work Education since 1998 and in academic social work since 1992. Dr. Silver was appointed Dean of the School of Human Service Professions in May 2011, after having served as interim dean for one year. As Dean of the School of Human Service Professions, Dr. Silver oversees the Center for Social Work Education, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Institute for Physical Therapy Education. As Dean, she also oversees the Widener Partnership Charter School and serves as Chair of the School's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Silver's recent research activities include the pedagogy of civic engagement and service learning, public child welfare practice and policy, and the integration of international content in social work curriculum. Her service to the profession includes 6 years as a reaffirmation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation, consultation on child welfare assessment for the Pennsylvania Department of Children and Family Services, and service on the boards of directors of a number of human service organizations. Prior to her academic career, she worked in public and private child welfare services for 15 years. Dr. Silver received a BA from the University of Chicago, MSW from University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.