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CCSW Dean Announcement January 29, 2015

Dear GCSW Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Alan J. Dettlaff for the position of Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Dettlaff comes to the University of Houston from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he recently has been honored with induction into the 2015 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research.  He has broad experience in higher education, and has served in various roles in child protective services.  Dr. Detlaff serves as Chair of the Commission on Educational Policy for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is responsible for policy that will shape the future of social work education over the next decade.  He has published extensively in the area of children's services for immigrant Latino children. His appointment will be submitted to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for approval on February 19, 2015.

I want to thank the search committee and its chair, Dr. Robert McPherson, Dean of the College of Education, for their service in this important search. The selection process included the valuable input of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and community members.  I also want to thank Dr. Paul Raffoul for serving as Interim Dean for the last six months.

Dr. Dettlaff is expected to begin his duties on May 1, 2015. Please join me in welcoming him to our University.


Paula Myrick Short