I am honored to direct the Rutgers DSW Program, a one-of-a-kind doctorate, years in planning and now a reality–our inaugural cohort, the Class of 2015, matriculated in the fall of 2012. The result is a practice doctorate for working social workers that I am enormously delighted in.
I practiced social work for nearly twenty years before earning my PhD in 1998 and have been in academe since. I draw on my practice and university experience everyday in making this the best and most innovative practice doctorate in social work. I am committed to redefining the traditional social division labor between practitioners and university professors. Too little time is spent, I think, in facilitating a more seamless flow between theory-to-practice and practice-to-theory.
This program is designed to challenge practitioners to understand their everyday assumptions about practice and to build student capacity to be practice leaders. As you browse the website, I think you will agree it is unlike any doctorate in social work in the United States, and perhaps in the world. A bold statement indeed, nevertheless it’s our mission to lead in doctoral education while at the same time create the next generation of social work leaders. I pledge to you my commitment to always listen to practice, to listen to student experience, and to create a learning environment where we combine the best of the past with an eye to the constraints of the present, but all the while knowing it is to the future that we must be prepared for.
Dr. Jerry Floersch
Director, Rutgers DSW Program