Dr. Beth Barol Appointed Director of the Center for Social Work Education

Dr. Beth Barol of Wyndmoor, Pa has been appointed director of the Center for Social Work Education and associate dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener University.

Barol, who joined the Widener faculty as an assistant professor in 2004, served as interim director of the Center for Social Work Education since July 2015. In that role, her accomplishments include overseeing significant modifications to the master’s in social work (MSW) curriculum, launching and managing a successful online MSW program, and hiring and mentoring new faculty and staff.beth barol

“Under Beth’s leadership the Center for Social Education has maintained an excellent collegial culture during a time of rapid growth and change,” Dr. Paula Silver, dean of the School of Human Service Professions, said. “She is clearly the ideal person to continue to shepherd the Center.”

Barol is very pleased to be granted the opportunity to take over as director. “It’s an endorsement for the initiatives we have been working on while I’ve been in the interim role,” she said. “With the help of a committed and supportive faculty we continued to push forward during this period.”

In 2011, Barol was appointed associate professor with tenure. Her special expertise in trauma and intellectual and developmental disabilities has helped enrich both the clinical and human development and social environment content areas within the program. According to Silver, Barol was instrumental in the transition of the MSW curriculum to its current trauma-informed focus.

“I am honored to work with a faculty dedicated to preparing Social Workers to work for social justice with a solid multi-dimensional trauma focused clinical background,” Barol said. “I plan to further develop our new online MSW program, enhance our work with trauma from a micro-macro perspective, and develop additional certificate programs on the graduate level as well as the post graduate level.” Barol also plans to increase offerings for the BSW and PhD programs to meet the evolving needs of students.

Barol is recognized as an expert in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the faculty at Widener, she served as clinical director for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation Statewide Training and Technical Assistance, where she made significant contributions to the improvement of service delivery for individuals across the state. She often presents at conferences, consults, and provides training around the world on practice and policy for serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her recognition as a world expert in this field has contributed significantly to the visibility of Widener’s social work programs.

Barol received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University, and her master’s of social work and doctorate from Bryn Mawr College.  

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