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Laura Curran Named Dean of UConn School of Social Work

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Curran, Ph.D. as the next Dean of the School of Social Work. She will begin this new role effective August 11, 2023.

Dr. Curran was selected from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants. She joins UConn from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Prior to serving as Vice Provost, Dr. Curran held the position of Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

In her role as Vice Provost, Dr. Curran was responsible for strategic initiatives that support faculty leadership, mentoring, recruitment, and retention as well as directing the Center for Faculty Success. She served as a key member of multiple high-level strategic planning initiatives including the Academic Master Plan, which encompassed initiatives addressing student, faculty, and staff well-being as well as inclusive pedagogy and teaching excellence.

Dr. Curran’s scholarship focuses on three main areas: social work and social welfare history; women’s perinatal health and well-being; and social work education. Dr. Curran is a productive researcher with an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Her work has received funding from the New Jersey, Department of Health, the New York Community Trust, and the Association of Social Work Boards, among other entities.

Dr. Curran earned her B.A. from Barnard College, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, and her PhD from UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Curran practiced as a social worker in the areas of community mental health and child welfare. She is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Social Work Education.

Dr. Curran demonstrates a clear understanding of the mission of our School of Social Work, with a commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and the improvement of human well-being, both locally and globally. She has led several DEI initiatives and has a record of interdisciplinary collaboration and understands the demands of research and faculty advancement. She is also a strong supporter of students, serving as a mentor for supervised research assistantships for social work graduate students over the last two decades.

I want to express my gratitude to the search committee, chaired by Kent Holsinger, as well as the faculty, staff and students of the School of Social Work for your active participation in this process. Your input was vital to the evaluation of candidates.

Finally, I would like to thank Dean Nina Heller for her outstanding leadership of the School of Social Work over the last several years, and for her service to the greater University.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Curran to this role, to the School of Social Work, and to the UConn community.




Anne D’Alleva, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President

University of Connecticut
Office of the Provost
352 Mansfield Road, U-1086
Storrs CT 06269-1086
Tel. 860-486-4037

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